Roseate Spoonbill in evening light

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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.



  1. hummingbirdlover December 23, 2012 at 12:16 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson December 23, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      Thank you Mom! I love how the pinks and blue are a nice contrast to each other.

  2. M. Firpi December 22, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    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.

    • Mia McPherson December 23, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      Maria, I hope that you will see a Roseate Spoonbill soon. Thanks for your comment.

  3. Prairie Birder December 22, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Excellent photo, Mia! The light is just perfect.

    • Mia McPherson December 23, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      Thank you Charlotte.

  4. Bob Zeller December 22, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Beautiful lighting on this bird, Mia.

    • Mia McPherson December 23, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      Thank you Bob, I sure love the “golden” light hours of the day.

  5. Carol MATTINGLY December 22, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Such an unusual looking bird but so beautiful.

  6. Merrill Ann Gonzales December 22, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    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.

    • Mia McPherson December 23, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      Thank you Merrill, Rosies may be a little odd looking but I think they are gorgeous. Happy Holidays to you!

  7. Bob Bushell December 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson December 23, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      Thanks Bob, Roseate Spoonbills are my favorite pink bird!

  8. Sherry in MT December 22, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    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.

    • Mia McPherson December 23, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      Thank you Sherry. Storks, Spoonies and some of the herons make me realize how prehistoric they look even today.

  9. Susan December 22, 2012 at 12:31 pm

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

  10. Azstu December 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    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.

    • Mia McPherson December 23, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      Hi Stu, sort of glad as a mother that my children didn’t have bills like this 😉 Thanks for commenting and Happy Holidays.

  11. eric c11 December 22, 2012 at 11:56 am

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

    • Mia McPherson December 23, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      Thanks Eric. Happy Holidays!

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