Roseate Spoonbill in evening light

Roseate Spoonbill in evening lightRoseate Spoonbill in evening light – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/750, ISO 250, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

Early morning is my favorite time of the day to photograph partly because of the soft light but also because I feel marvelous when I am immersed in nature as the day begins. Evening can have marvelous light too though as shown in the Roseate Spoonbill image above that I photographed in Florida as it hunted for prey in a tidal lagoon.

There was a Roseate Spoonbill here in Utah this year well to the south of where I live, I hope that the pink adding bird moved on and found bird of its own kind because it was well out of its normal range.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. HI! What a beautiful color on the bird! The water really bring out the image so great.

  2. Evening light is beautiful too, and this portrait is very sharp and clear. The Roseate Spoonbill is one of my great frustrations Mia, as I lived in Florida for 4 years, and never saw one.

  3. Excellent photo, Mia! The light is just perfect.

  4. Beautiful lighting on this bird, Mia.

  5. Such an unusual looking bird but so beautiful.

  6. Merrill Ann Gonzales

    There’s a good article in “Birdwatching” magazine on these gorgeous birds. Your photo here, I think by focusing on the bird’s red eye, adds a regal bearing. I guess these guys have been around long enough to know a thing or two. Merry Christmas! and a very Happy New Year.

  7. Roseate Spoonbill is my favourite bird of the USA, cheers Mia.

  8. Mia, as always absolutely STUNNING. That is one prehistoric looking bird isn’t it. When I see that and storks and vultures I sure understand how close they are to their prehistoric roots.

  9. Wow, what a glorious photo, thank you so much for sharing:)

  10. Great Picture Mia. For some odd reason, I got to thinking what if humans had bills like that . .and how life would be different.. but I digress ;) Seasons Greetings also.

  11. wow, very nice, great shot mia
    and have a nice christmas ☺
    bye eric

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