Monday, June 17, 2013

Roseate Spoonbills Feeding In A Tide Pool

Driving out of Cedar Key a few weeks ago, the Roseate Spoonbills (aka Pink Duckbilled Dinosaurs) were taking full advantage of a low tide that had created shallow pools in the mudflats.

The tide was thoughtful enough to stock these pools with tiny shrimps, snails, and other tasty Spoonbill Chow, much to the delight of the Roseates and a Snowy Egret.

There are some road sounds in the video, because all of this action was just a few yards from the road shoulder. I tried to soften the car sounds with a bit of Celtic tunes, which I think work very well with the graceful, yet very serious work of the Spoonbills.

Enjoy.





 

12 comments:

Caroline said...

You don't see this kind of coolness along a South Dakota roadside. Distinct lack of spoonbills and tide pools on the prairie. How lovely!

Anonymous said...

Great and the music fit perfectly.

lisa said...

That is pretty darn neat to watch!

Martha Dehne said...

This is so moving. We often forget just how lovely the wildlife of Florida can be. Thank you for reminding us! Martha :)

Floridacracker said...

Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the video. I would not want to be a tiny shrimp left behind in that tidal pool. Odds are I would never see the high tide return.

KathyW said...

while I love seeing the Great Egrets that I only dreamed of seeing growing up in Montana, and Snowy Egret make my heart laugh, the pink Spoonbills make my heart soar!

Dan said...

Great video! Florida is so lucky to have such beautiful, weird birds.

LauraHinNJ said...

These birds will always amaze me!

Anonymous said...

Hey FC,

Great video. The Alligator Farm rookery said more baby spoonbill's are hatching this week.

Enjoy your summer.

Patio

robin andrea said...

Great video and wonderful music. I've never seen a Roseate Spoonbill, and probably never will, so I really appreciate this view.

miz s said...

Beautiful video! The music is perfect.

Banjo52 said...

I’ve only seen these guys poking around SLOWLY in foliage. It never occurred to me that they could move so fast or seem so gluttonous. It would be entirely comic—which would be OK—but that great and oddly appropriate music adds a whole other, more serious dimension. A great couple of minutes! Thanks.