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The Roseate Spoonbill

I found this spoonbill off Alligator Ally, I pulled into a rest area, the sky was doing amazing things and I wanted to snap an iPhone shot of the clouds . . . . as I was leaving the parking lot I spotted the beautiful pink bird, re-parked the car, and stayed for over a half hour taking many pictures. A spoonbill in flight was on my Bucket List :-)

Breeding in the United States is restricted to coastal Texas, southwestern Louisiana, and southern Florida. Their breeding range extends south from Florida through the Greater Antilles to Argentina and Chile. They inhabit marshes, swamps, ponds, and rivers within their range, feeding in both fresh and saltwater wetlands. Highly gregarious, Roseate Spoonbills breed and travel in flocks.

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Taken on February 9, 2011