Thursday, July 23, 2015

Spooning?

During our recent trip to St. Augustine, we had several opportunities to dine near the water. While we were having lunch at the Conch House restaurant one afternoon, this fellow was panning for his lunch in the shallows near the marina. 

This is the same location where we saw the manatee, pelicans, baby sharks and a sea turtle. Click the link to read about that...don't worry, I'll wait.

Okay, let's meet today's special guest.


This is a Roseate Spoonbill. From a distance we were reminded of a Pink Flamingo, except for his flat, paddle-like bill. For more information on the Spoonbill and hear what he sounds like, click on the link.

The Spoonbill is a wading bird of the Spoonbill and Ibis family, and is found in the Caribbean, Central and South America, Mexico and the Gulf Coast of the U.S.

They feed in shallow fresh or coastal water by swinging their bills from side to side as they walk, often leaving a trail behind them as they sift through the mud.

Their diet consists of aquatic insects, frogs, newts, crustaceans and fish too small for other wading birds.

After lunch, I got some video of him feeding and leaving a trail in his wake.


To see more of my videos, visit my YouTube channel here.


The music in the video is called "Squiggly Line" by Podington Bear found at http://podingtonbear.com.  I think you'll see why it is so appropriate for this video.



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8 comments:

  1. My first thought was a pink flamingo too. :-) But nope. Lol! How great to be able to see unusual birds like that, a real treat!

    It was quite a while since my last visit. I see you have made a lot of changes here. I really love the design here! So warm and inviting.

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Linda. Take care,

    Greetings from your blog pal in Sweden!

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    1. Hey Alexandra, so great to see you here again! I'm glad you like the new look. It was a fantastic trip with lots of critters to see. Check out some of the older posts to see more, including my encounter with the manatee.

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  2. Darn! My laptop is so old it won't play the video! But the picture is SO COOL! First of all, did you have conch? I LOVE conch fritters but haven't had them since high school!

    St. Augustine... how WONDERFUL! The spoonbill is gorgeous - we don't get anything like that around us. So pretty!

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    1. I'm sorry you weren't able to see my videos...there were a lot of video ops. Yes, I did have conch fritters and they were yummy, served with a delicious dipping sauce. And the fish tacos...wow!

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  3. I loved the music you chose! Fits perfectly with the motion. I think I even hear Michael's voice excited in the background! Glad you got to capture that bird on film. You are fast!

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    1. I'm glad you liked it. Just the chance to see a bird I'd never seen before was quite the treat. I hope you're feeling better.

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  4. At first glance I thought it was a Pink Flamingo too! How awesome! Perfect music for the video too!

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    1. Thanks Meleah! So great to see you back here. It was really cool to see all the wildlife in that area (my manatee encounter), pelicans, turtles and baby sharks. I got real lucky in finding that music. The spoonbill was indeed walking a "Squiggly Line".

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