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Old 10-11-2010, 10:19 AM
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Hey Frank,
Looking at your photos, I thought I accidentally logged on to the National Geographic Only site.
As long as we're at it I snapped these Saturday on North Captiva.
Terry,

I know that spot.

Don't you just love living here!
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Old 10-11-2010, 01:07 PM
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Terry, in pic 1 what is the white / pink bird with the flat bill ? Is pic 2 a flock of white pelicans or the bird shown in pic 1 ? Interesting. I once saw a flock of 100 pink flamingoes on some flats in the Marco River 15 years ago and never since.

Well Bob,
Thanks for asking. That white and pink bird is called a Roseate Spoonbill.
Scientific name: Ajaia ajaj
Family: Threskiernithidae
Order: Ciconiiformes
Class: Aves

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS:
The Roseate Spoonbill stands about 30 inches tall and has a heron-shaped body. The legs and eyes are red, and the feet and knees are blackish. The body is pink. During breeding their plumage can be a bright red or magenta color on their wing shoulders. Wing span is 3-4 feet. The tail is a tawny orange color. On the upper breast there is a prominent patch of stiff curly feathers in red surrounded by pink and buff (a yellowish-orange). The head is bare and varies in color from a pale green to a greenish gray. It has a black skin area around the ear and nape of the neck. They have a long spatula shaped bill, or banjo bill, about 6 inches in length. It narrows in the center and widens to about 2 inches at the tip. Immature birds have white plumage with varying tints of pink.

And yes those are Amercian White Pelicans.
Tune in tomorrow for some fun facts about those.

You know we were talking this week about flamingos.
I've only seen one in the wild. It was flying over the channel near key largo.
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Great shots. Indeed, it was a spectacular weekend in FL. It's the best time of year for sure. We ran the boat all weekend up and down the coast and the water was perfect!!
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Hey Terry,

You are so crazy!! Nice description of the birds I think we are all very impressed...
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Nice! I spent the day winterizing my boat. Therefore I must hate you.

Same thing here.
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Same thing here.
I lived in NJ (Point Pleasant and Lacey on Barnegat Bay) until 2002. Putting the boats away, was one of the most depressing days of the year, for me.

I feel for you all
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Well Bob,
Thanks for asking. That white and pink bird is called a Roseate Spoonbill.
Scientific name: Ajaia ajaj
Family: Threskiernithidae
Order: Ciconiiformes
Class: Aves

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS:
The Roseate Spoonbill stands about 30 inches tall and has a heron-shaped body. The legs and eyes are red, and the feet and knees are blackish. The body is pink. During breeding their plumage can be a bright red or magenta color on their wing shoulders. Wing span is 3-4 feet. The tail is a tawny orange color. On the upper breast there is a prominent patch of stiff curly feathers in red surrounded by pink and buff (a yellowish-orange). The head is bare and varies in color from a pale green to a greenish gray. It has a black skin area around the ear and nape of the neck. They have a long spatula shaped bill, or banjo bill, about 6 inches in length. It narrows in the center and widens to about 2 inches at the tip. Immature birds have white plumage with varying tints of pink.

And yes those are Amercian White Pelicans.
Tune in tomorrow for some fun facts about those.

You know we were talking this week about flamingos.
I've only seen one in the wild. It was flying over the channel near key largo.
I just spotted one in the Koi pond benhind my dental office here in Arkansas!
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