Platalea ajaja (Roseate Spoonbill), 03 March 2012

Who doesn’t love roseate spoonbills? I mean, seriously… Check out that —literal— spoonbill in the bottom photo. Check out those pink feathers. Check out the breeding colors around the face. Yes, yes, and my-oh-my, yes — again, I ask: who doesn’t love roseate spoonbills?

Platalea ajaja is fairly common around Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge on the eastern shore of central Florida. It’s a common bird with an uncommon grace and beauty. A unique creature well adept to its environment and one I’m always happy to find at Merritt Island.

~ janson