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These adorable young Spoonbill chicks were way back in a cypress tree with no clear shot through the fluffy foliage. I was really  happy to get to see them nonetheless.
Roseate Spoonbill Feeding Its Chicks In Their Nest
When a couple of adult Roseate Spoonbills flew up to the treetops they fleetingly appeared to be tree surfing:
Roseate Spoonbill Chick
I found several Roseate Spoonbill nests, but all of them were hidden deep in the trees.
Surfing Spoonbills
There are three roseate Spoonbill chicks and a parent bird in this next nest. I was extremely frustrated by all of the branches, but there were a couple of good reasons, aside from the blazing hot Florida sun, to refrain from climbing or attempting a closer approach. One reason is that it's never a good idea to disturb the nest. We don't want people wandering into our homes, and birds want their personal space as well. They can't build doors and locks, but these birds did the next best thing. They built in guarded trees patrolled by very large, very hungry alligators. Don't scroll past the next picture if you're squeamish, because I saw one of those guards eating one of the guarded. If you prefer not to look at that, visit another of my Roseate Spoonbill pages for more pleasant photographs of these beautiful pink birds.
Roseate Spoonbill parent and chick
The alligators protect them from predators, but they are also predators themselves.
Roseate Spoonbill chick toying with a twig
More about Roseate Spoonbills, Florida's other pink birds.
Three Roseate Spoonbill in their nest
Alligator eating a Roseate Spoonbill
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