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.
When a couple of adult Roseate Spoonbills flew up to the treetops they
fleetingly appeared to be tree surfing:
I found several Roseate Spoonbill nests, but all of them were hidden
deep in the trees.
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
protect them from predators, but they are also predators