Spoonbills …

On our last full day in Florida, Fred and Grace took us to Myakka River State Park. The park features a suspended walkway through the forest canopy, and at one end there is a 74′ high tower that provides awesome views of the area. We then went up to Upper Myakka Lake to look at the wildlife and spotted a flock of roseate spoonbills.  They take their names from their distinctive pink color and their unique bills.  There were about 30 of these birds in total, most in the shallow water below the weir (low dam), while about a dozen appeared to be establishing nests in the trees across from our vantage point.

What you don’t see in this scene is the very large alligator about 20′ to my left….