Roseate Spoonbill

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.

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