Pretty in Pink-Florida's Other Pink Bird-The Roseate Spoonbill

Real Estate Agent with Sailwinds Realty

Roseate Spoonbills are not usually seen this far north in Florida so I was pleasantly surprised to step out onto my patio last night and see this guy. They are a very pretty pink and this one had the darker stripe on his wings. He must have been eating a lot of shrimp but not in my pond, I’m sure we don’t have any.

Kathy Streib posted about Spoonbills in Disney World earlier today too.

Spoonbills use their unique, spatulate bills to strain small food items.
I did see some of these guys about 2 years ago in another neighborhood; see Platypus in Trinity

Spoonbills-New Port Richey-Florida -

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They are a really pretty color with their darker pink feathers. Thought you might enjoy seeing our other pink bird.

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Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

That would be a treasure to capture this pic!  Great one, love it!

Mar 23, 2011 05:09 PM #6
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a gorgeous bird.  That pink color is gorgeous, you are so fortunate to have so much wildlife around you, it must inspire you and make your heart sing...I can tell by the pictures you take.  Fabulous, A

Mar 23, 2011 06:09 PM #7
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Toni.....Great photo....I bet it's great to look out and see them on a daily basis.......I've always thought about what it would be like to live close to the beach.
Hope you have a great day!---Rob

Mar 23, 2011 11:38 PM #8
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Kathy - you're welcome. And, yes, it was a wonderful sight.

Arleen- Mainly they are seen further south so I'm guessing not in your area?

Gloria - while I was out taking his picture; he was making a kind of crunk at the other birds in the pond if they came too close.

Chris - thank you.

Alexandra - it is wonderful to have wildlife around-like your seals. Thank you.

Rob - It's kind of neat to know that the beach is there and the ocean just beyond all the time. Thanks.

Mar 24, 2011 12:26 AM #9
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I was not familiar with Spoonbills.  Thanks for sharing the information and the great photographs.

 Life is better when there are flowers to photograph!

Mar 24, 2011 12:52 AM #10
Elizabeth Byrne
Keller Williams Realty - Arlington, VA
Arlington Virginia Real Estate

Toni, you are so lucky to live in Florida. These are such beautiful birds - you captured great moments in lives of these charming spoonbills. Have a wonderful day.

Mar 24, 2011 01:31 AM #11
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Roy - it's always a good day when you have wildlife to photograph too! Thank you.

Elizabeth - We do have some very pretty birds in the area, thank you.

Mar 24, 2011 01:33 AM #12
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

What an interesting looking bird!  Love the color!

Mar 24, 2011 06:37 AM #13
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Yes, they are pretty and so odd-looking with that spatulate beak. Thanks.

Mar 24, 2011 09:23 AM #14
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Toni, this Spoonbill sure does have a large BEAK!     We don't see those birds around here!

Mar 24, 2011 01:23 PM #15
Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager


Great pictures of the Spoonbills!  So awesome to see them in your own backyard.  They really are pretty with the pink feathers... of course I am partial to pink anyway.  Thanks for sharing your great photos with us!!!

Mar 24, 2011 04:43 PM #16
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Love that dark pink, and how cool that they are right in your back yard.  I just have deer that come to eat my flowers.

Mar 24, 2011 05:18 PM #17
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Joan - he sure does. No, I think they are tropicals so you would see them in Denver ;) Thank you.

Linda - Thanks, it was awesome for us since they don't really hang out here often.

Tammy - we have those guys too and they do eat my flowers especially the Hibiscus. Thank you.


Mar 25, 2011 02:29 AM #18
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Toni--I have never seen a Roaseate Spoonbill even in the zoo or book.  Thanks for real pictures. 

(I am so glad the AR fixed the problem with uploading photos otherwise I would not be able to enjoy your photos.)

Have a wonderful day.

Mar 25, 2011 04:00 AM #19
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

I am too, Mary. We would miss so much without pictures. Just got back from closing and tonight I go to the ball!

Mar 25, 2011 05:47 AM #20
John McCarthy
Bean Group Portsmouth NH - North Hampton, NH
Realtor - Seacoast NH


What an unusual bird! I have never seen one before. Do they have any kind of call?

Mar 25, 2011 06:38 AM #21
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

John- all I ever hear is kind of a "crunk" from them-almost sounds like a grunt.

Mar 25, 2011 08:01 AM #22
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives


What a beautiful bird! There are so many exotic birds out there in Florida and you seem to always be in the right place and the right time! Florcia has to be the place of choice for any great nature lover!

I love how the spoonbill is showing off her nice pink feathers!


Mar 25, 2011 09:43 PM #23
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Toni - we are lucky to have some of the most colorful and beautiful birds in the world residing right here in Florida!!!

Mar 26, 2011 03:00 AM #24
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Patricia - we do see lots of pretty birds all over. Thanks.

Barbara Jo - We are lucky and this time of year is wonderful. Thank you.

Mar 26, 2011 12:28 PM #25
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