From a distance these are beautiful birds, although a little awkward when taking off and landing.
Up close they look like something from a bad dream. The red eyes and weird head are creepy. As a subject of photography they seem less skittish than some other large birds, except for the Egrets I see on the beach which let you walk right past them, so I have been able to get some good Spoonbill photos. During mating season they get even stranger looking, with black and yellow patches covering large areas of their body.