Surprise! Spoonbill

The weather for the hike to the Observation Tower on Saturday, 1-26-2019, was dank & drizzly, but we were rewarded by the brief presence of playful reddish egret, a species know for its clownish hurting behavior, and a much longer look at a single but spectacular roseate spoonbill (Platalea ajaja).

Its path in the mud of the impoundment was quite evident from above where the folks who braved the risky weather posed …

Indian River Mosquito Control Director Doug Carlson led the walk, and his umbrella came in handy as he pointed to and explained a culvert on our way to see the roseate spoonbill, an somewhat uncommon visitor …

The roseate spoonbill eventually strolled behind some large red mangroves out of view …

Some of the red mangroves sported flowers, and others had incipient propagules …

The weather wasn’t wonderful, but the spoonbill sure was.