This one is preening, but I noticed the silver ban on the rightt leg and the red band on the upper left leg. Put on by scientists who study their distribution and movements.
This is a first year bird, notice the white feathered head and pale pink wings. It takes 2 years to reach adult plumage.
After resting and preening, they took off and went to feed. Looks like a big pink "M."
The group hanging together.
Today at Ding Darling there were over 50 Roseate Spoonbills in the first pond, quite an impressive number. And they were fairly close to the road, thrilling the birders and photographers who lined up to watch and snap. They were doing just about all the things Roseate Spoonbills do. Quite a show!