Roseate Spoonbill

1/2500s at f9.0 ISO:800, Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, EF400mm f/4 DO IS USM +1.4x

The Roseate Spoonbill is a resident breeder in South America mostly east of the Andes, and in coastal regions of the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, and the Gulf Coast of the United States. The Roseate Spoonbill nests in shrubs or trees, often mangroves, laying 2 to 5 eggs, which are whitish with brown markings. This species feeds in shallow fresh or coastal waters by swinging its bill from side to side as it steadily walks through the water, often in groups. It feeds on crustaceans, aquatic beetles and bugs, and very small fish bigger waders ignore. In the United States a popular and easy place to observe Roseate Spoonbills is Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida.
Rockport, Texas