Friday, September 24, 2010

Roseate Spoonbill

Time after time our guests will insist that they've seen Flamingos here and we have to (gently) explain to them that what they've actually seen is a Roseate Spoonbill, our brilliant pink wading bird.  I'm told by the local boat captains that their "pinkness" is determined by the amount of shrimp that they eat; the more they eat, the pinker they get.  The Wikipedia explanation indicates that they all turn pinker as they get older but I like the shrimp story better so I'm going with it.  Whatever the reason, they sure are fun to watch.

Fairbanks House - Amelia Island

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