Originally Posted by Goldwinger
I'm curious as to why, the head band and markings around the ears are not as dark or as defined as the ones I've seen here. Is this a seasonal thing maybe? or perhaps define the sex?
It's an age thing, GW. Only adult birds have the collar; immatures lack it and are paler in color.
Nice pictures, Ed. I particularly like 1 and 3.
BTW, Spoonbills are tactile feeders - they grub for snails and other small creatures, but have no means of filtration.