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Old Nov 8, 2010, 6:45 AM   #1
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Roseate Spoonbill in Green Cay Wetlands.

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Old Nov 8, 2010, 8:26 PM   #2
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Nice pictures of a strange looking bird. I like the second one with the foot up. The third one doesn't have as good light or color or something, the neck and head look different than the first two. Which is more accurate (having never seen one I have no idea what they are supposed to look like).
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Good pictures of one of out more specialized birds.

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Nice pictures of a strange looking bird. I like the second one with the foot up. The third one doesn't have as good light or color or something, the neck and head look different than the first two. Which is more accurate (having never seen one I have no idea what they are supposed to look like).
Harriet, they are all "natural" - the difference is just the play of the light. When the neck is retracted, the feathers at the back are pushed flat on top of each other, and so reflect more light (actually the highlights there are a little "blown"); when it is stretched out the feathers are pulled apart and do not lay as flat. Without the reflection they look duller. I like the third one (as well as the the other two) because it shows something different - I suspect it may have just swallowed something (which it may be why it is stretched out), and it also shows a side view of the bill so you get a different view of its structure. The latter is useful, because some people think Spoonbills are filter feeders like some ducks and flamingos, but in this view you can see there are no filter plates along the edge of the bill, because Spoonbills are actually tactile feeders, detecting their prey of worms and snails by touch with the sensitive lining of their bills as they dabble in the mud.
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Great shots, Ed!
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Thanks for the explanation, Penolta - I had forgotten about the reflection factor in bird's feathers. It's fascinating to see it in action here.
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Beautifully photographed - such great action & habitat shots!

And thanks to Penolta for some great information too.
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