Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Swooning over a Spoonbill

I am so very happy to finally be putting out a blog post! This summer blogging has taken a back seat to more pressing matters. Building our new home in Indiana has been a priority over the last few months. Bruce and his crew have been working diligently on the construction and the house is really starting to take shape. Though most of our time has been spent in the country working on the house, we have yet to acquire internet service. I have greatly missed reading all of your beautiful blogs, writing comments and putting out posts of my own. Most importantly and sadly, my wonderful Dad passed away at the beginning of August. It has been a difficult time for me and my family, but we have taken great comfort in all the kindness, support and generosity from family and friends.

I recently spent a few days in Longboat Key, Florida. Though the trip was not for pleasure, I managed to find a couple of minutes here and there to venture out with my camera. The highlight of my outings was finally being able to view a Roseate Spoonbill from a close distance. Over the past few years I have been enamoured by this elusive blushed pink bird. Until recently I was only able to catch a passing glimpse of a spoonbill. Oh what a joy it was to observe this cool bird with the odd shaped bill. This post features photographs of lovely feathered friends seen on my recent visit to Longboat Key and a few from past trips.

A splendid sight ~ Roseate Spoonbill
One of many Northern Mockingbirds seen on Longboat Key
The stunning plumage of a Tricolored Heron
A striking Great Egret seeks prey in the shallows
Soaking up the morning sun ~ Turkey Vulture
A statuesque Great Blue Heron has hunting success
Two pretty Willets spend a late afternoon at the beach
Looking out over Sarasota Bay ~ Snowy Egret

A beautiful White Ibis forages for food in the pond
A common sight on Longboat Key ~ Osprey
Drying feathers amongst the mangrove leaves ~ Anhinga
One last look at the Roseate Spoonbill