Roseate Spoonbill Photography Smith Oaks Rookery High Island


The other dominant species that I photographed at the rookery, was Roseate Spoonbills. Most of them were in their finest breeding season plumage and looked fantastic. Getting flight shots was the order of the day and with the profusion of birds it was not too hard to accomplish! I hope you enjoy this Bowl of Roseate Spoonbills…yes that is the way cool collective noun for the spoonbill! Love that one! You can see all of my spoonbill images as well as order prints…HERE. You can read about all of my photography at the Houston Audubon Society’s Bird Refuge on High Island…HERE. In case you were curious:
  • Their horny bill is equipped with sensitive touch receptors that detect vibrations given off by prey.
  • spoonbill’s nostrils are located at top of the bill, making it possible for the bird to breathe while the bill is under water
  • In the early 20th century, there were only a few dozen nesting pairs of roseate spoonbills on this continent. Conservation efforts have been successful.
Share the boardwalk and facilities with the bird watchers and others enjoying the spectacle at the rookery. The map below will show you where I was photographing the “spoonies”. [xmlgm ngg_gallery=147]

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