Pink Pterodactyl (Open Thread)

When I moved from the beach to the swamp, I was afraid I wouldn’t regularly spot one of my favorite Florida birds, the roseate spoonbill, but they followed me here:


Here it is hanging out with a snowy egret friend:

I’m not sure if the light color saturation is due to its age or diet or what. I’ve seen some birds that are as pink as a yard flamingo. Maybe it’s trying to blend in with the egrets?

Anyhoo, open thread!

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    I’d assume diet, since that’s how flamingos get their color. Great pics!

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    arrieve says:

    That is a gorgeous bird.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Major Major Major Major:
    IIRC the color comes from some types of zooplankton & crustaceans.

    Scotland-Argentina–mindboggling finish.

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    chris says:

    Light pink and not balding? A youngster according to the birders at Cornell.

    ETA First I heard of a bird going bald!

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    NotMax says:

    If music be the food of love
    Then laughter is it’s queen
    And likewise if behind is in front
    Then dirt in truth is clean
    My mouth by then like cardboard
    Seemed to slip straight through my head
    So we crash-dived straightway quickly
    And attacked the ocean bed

    And so it was that later
    As the miller told his tale
    That her face, at first just ghostly,
    Turned a whiter shade of pale

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    zhena gogolia says:

    I love those spoonbills!

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    Paul W. says:

    @trollhattan: What an altogether horrible end to a great game. For fuck sake, there’s no way a keeper can not come forward an inch or two when anticipating a PK. That was a clean stop, and honestly I don’t agree with the call against Scotland in the first place, the defender was not intent on striking the Argentinian player but was aiming for the ball.

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    Betsy says:

    Fantastic. The natural world gives us hope.

    Wonder if inland birds don’t get as much of the krill-type food that gives rosies their color? Be interesting to watch this birdie mature, based on the fact pointed out by chris, above.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Betsy: That’s what I was thinking — if it hangs out by a river, it may find plenty to eat, but it won’t find shrimp. But I have no idea how far they typically range; the Gulf of Mexico isn’t far away.

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    NotMax says:

    @Betty Cracker

    it won’t find shrimp

    Or could be it’s orthodox.


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    Keith P. says:

    From the headline, I thought a GOP operative was found impaled to death on a drilldo or suffocated by a ball gag.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Paul W.:
    ONLY VAR could have caught that teeny hop past the line and it’s not the first we’ve seen that in the tourny. Not a fan. Poor keeper acted mired in concrete for the second kick. Understandably.

  13. 13
    Mel says:

    Just received photos of my new niece, Lucy, born this afternoon!! Mom, Dad, and Lucy all are well, and Lucy’s two sibs are so excited that their baby sister has arrived.

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    trollhattan says:

    Could be. It’s documented they also don’t use elevators or appliances Friday nights.

  15. 15
    trollhattan says:

    Aww, congrats. Some good news for once.

  16. 16
    Another Scott says:

    House appropriations bill passed today repeals the 2001 AUMF.

    Good, good. (And long overdue.)

    (via LOLGOP)


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    cope says:

    Nice pictures. The first group of spoonbills I ever saw were all up in a cypress tree in Ding Darling. I’ve never seen them perched like that since. I know that pictures of them are on my old computer if I can get it back from my daughter.

    I’ve stated here before that they are my favorite Florida bird after a long time of favoring ospreys.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @cope: If I had to pick a fave, it would be spoonbills, probably. But don’t tell my limpkins, Sandhills, blue herons, egrets, etc.! Also kingfishers — I love those fierce little buggers! And cormorants! And anhingas! I love them all, really, even the ugly old vultures.

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    Rob says:

    Those are nice photos of the spoonbill! There were two immature spoonbills in my state (Maryland) a year ago that I got to see. They are quite rare up here.

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    trollhattan says:

    With climate change everybody get spoonbill!

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    trollhattan says:

    Ted Lieu hews an interesting path here.

    Two possibilities here. @StateDept Special Representative to #Iran Brian Hook:

    1. Doesn’t know which entity under our Constitution has the power to Declare War, or
    2. Does not accept the Constitution.

    Watch this testimony and ask yourself, shouldn’t he resign?

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    TenguPhule says:


    1. Doesn’t know which entity under our Constitution has the power to Declare War, or
    2. Does not accept the Constitution.

    Why is this an either/or choice? The answer is obviously both.

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    debbie says:

    @Another Scott:

    And not a moment too soon, considering Trump’s promise to wipe out Iran and Pompeo’s 12-point plan.

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    rikyrah says:

    The bird is beautiful, B.C.👏👏👏

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    Mohagan says:

    What great pictures!! Thanks so much for posting them. Here in N CA, we have egrets and herons, but no spoonbills. I love your limpkin pictures too.

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    Kathleen says:

    Those pictures are exquisite, Betty. My daughter, who lives in Tampa, lives in a subdivision which borders a nature preserve, so I always see birds near the pond next to her back yard or even in the cul de sac. I don’t know what kind of birds they are, but they have very long legs.

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    Albatrossity says:

    Sweet! What a great yard bird!

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    oldster says:


    I’ve had a few.
    But, then again, too few to mention….

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    SlackerSF says:

    Beautiful birdies!

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