Friday, June 20, 2014

Jefferson Island: The Spoonbill Babies

Standing at the forest's edge with the western sun setting behind me, I was thrilled to see the roseate spoonbill chicks being cared for by their doting parents. It is truly a marvel.




Ah, relief at last.

So nice that the parents take turns.



Enjoy your weekend! As usual I will take weekends off to play, shoot, and bird. See you on Monday!

Sharing with Saturday's Critters! Thank you, Eileen! Please visit other fun critters from around the world.

46 comments:

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I read your title in my blogger blog list and just had to stop by and view the babies!!!

Incredible Gail.

Debbie said...

I am just so lucky to be following you, these are beyond amazing to view!! Nature is indeed incredible!!

eileeninmd said...

How cool, to see the baby spoonbills. They are just adorable. I love their neat looking bill. Awesome photos! Happy Friday!

Andy said...

Fantastic photography!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Baby spoonbills!!! This made my morning :-)

Buttons said...

Oh you poor thing your weekend sounds exhausting:):) Oh how I enjoy coming here. Incredible talent you have. Hug B

Beth @ "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

awww, i love all the family shots. ( :

Roan said...

Babies! Wow! I bird vicariously through you.

Marie said...

Wonderful series of photos! Beautiful birds! You were so fortunate to get to see this happy family scene!

nookworm said...

If it weren't for finding you and your wonderful pictures of wildlife, I would never have the chance to see these babies and all of the others you find. Thanks for your posted works.

Irma said...

Great to see the nest with these little pink spoonbills.
They are so cute, perfect photography, Gail.
Best regards, Irma

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I'm going to run out of superlatives after seeing all your great shots.

So I'll just say...enjoyed.

(to save some adjectives for next time)

Baby birds...oh...to die for

TexWisGirl said...

they're such cute little fluffs! i was wondering if their bills would have 'baby spoons' on them, but guess not. :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

What great shots! I guess they're not the prettiest babies on the block, but they are still very cute!

Karen said...

Ohhh, Gail, how marvellous!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Have a great weekend. I am looking forward to the many lovely pictures you will be getting. More like the ones in this post.

Kerry said...

Oh my goodness! What a find, and you had such a great view. This seems sooo exotic to me.

hootnonny said...

Exceptional!

Mitzi said...

awe...what a lovely pretty in pink family! You captured them beautifully as always my friend. xoxo

Amy Burzese said...

Adorable! Don't you love seeing a happy little family? Thanks for finding and sharing them.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Incredible photos! My favorite is the 3rd one.
Have a fun weekend.

Stephanie said...

What a pretty bird! Since I love pink I would think it's pretty :)

How do you manage to capture such fabulous photos? Do you sit there ALL day because you seem to always get the perfect picture.

Hugs to you!

Beate said...

Those spoonbill babies are so cute and it's amazing to watch the parents care for them so lovingly. Amazing shots! I just love your pictures so much :)

Michelle said...

You really do get some great captures. Love seeing these babies!

bailey-road.com said...

Wow! How lucky to see those babies!

Felicia said...

amazing images Gail. just beautiful.

Brian King said...

Gorgeous photos!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

So wonderful Gayle. Why are we in Alaska instead of LA...the babies are adorable. I showed this post to Bill, who isn't much into blogging, except to help me...he loved these pictures. Thanks so much.

Wandering Wren said...

You like babies in threes and I think if I'm seeing right there are three spoonbill babies, with doting pink parents - just gorgeous!
Wren x

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Awesome shots of the precious babies!

Kathy said...

They look like little prehistoric creatures! Birds are such loving parents.

Jeanne said...

Amazing shots of these gorgeous birds. How lucky you were to be able to capture these photos.

rainfield61 said...

All parents have to play their roles.

Evelyn S. said...

How high are the nests? Is that an egret in that one photo? Fascinating captures.

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Thank you for sharing these marvelous photographs. You should be hired by NatGeo. Great work. Showed them to David and he enjoyed too.

Stewart M said...

Great pictures - the adults are remarkable and the chicks are …… special!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Barbara said...

How far away were you? These are awesome! They are so cute!!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I love them! These great, awkward on land birds, cherishing their babies...

Shey Wicklund said...

Super adorable captures of this little family.

June Caedmon said...

Wow! Just wow! Hope you enjoyed your weekend!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Incredible photos, Gail. My jaw dropped when I saw those babies!!

Pantherka said...

These are really very beautiful and nice pictures.
I really like.

Helma said...

This is still great to see Gail.
I'm actually a little jealous that you have pink spoonbills.
Even so cute with the little spoonbill voice.
Here I really enjoy :-)

orchid Miyako said...

Wow; what amazing pictures of Spoonbill with sweet pink color. You said that chicks being cared for by their "doting parents" and "truly a marvel"; I cannot agree more♡♡♡ Filled with LOVE in your magnificent pictures. Always surprise and feel honored being a blog friend with you, Gail♪♪♪

Sending you lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Lady Lilith said...

Wow. You got some nice up close nature shots. Birds are so amazing.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

How did you keep from jumping up and down when you found this nest?? Were you behind your camouflaged sitting place? Momma Spoonbill looks like she's swallowing her chicks when she feeds them! Amazing!! You have to be very proud of these!!