Posted by Edwin Bowe on January 25, 2022 at 11:03 pm
Location: Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, FL
Juvenile roseate spoonbills differ from adults not only in coloration (the pink on juvenile birds is much more subtle), but also in the presence of feathers on the head (adults are bald), and the absence of orange tail feathers seen in adults. In autumn of their first year, juvenile birds also have dark gray tips on their wing tips. This image, taken in January, shows some residual sooty color on its terminal primaries.