Sunday, April 17, 2016

Pic of the Day

Roseate Spoonbill, Platalea ajaja:  
Black Swamp Wildlife Drive; Merritt Island NWR near Titusville, Florida

     While driving along the Black Swamp Wildlife Drive at Merritt Island NWR, I found this pair of Roseate Spoonbills in perfect early morning light.  The birds were quite pensive when they suddenly launched into courting display.  With bill held high the male began strutting around the female who responded with raising its bill.  I photographed the birds for at least twenty minutes.  In this case, pink is certainly a manly color.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/1250 second @ f9

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