Roseate Spoonbills Feeding Time

July 14, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

By Kelly Morvant

Roseate Spoonbills mom feeding immatureRoseateSpoonbillAdultFeedinImature_JeffersonIsland-8844 It pays to be aggressive when Mom shows up with the goods.  If you've never watched Roseate Spoonbills they are certainly a joy to observe.  In this instance Mom (on the right) flies in to feed her babies who are now almost as big as she is.  This interaction on first glance looks like a mugging.  There is a flurry of pink feathers as the young ones aggressively "attack" Mom for the food.  Adult Roseate Spoonbills have a pouch just behind their spoonbill shaped beaks where they keep the food usually crawfish or other small aquatic animals. This is an image I took from Rip's Rookery in Jefferson Island, Louisiana. Enjoy! 


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