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Douglas Goodell Photography

"Spoonbill Preening"

Roseate Spoonbill at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, FL

Ding is famous for its flocks of spoonbills, but you can go there many days and never see a one.  This was a good day. This bird, standing in relative isolation from a group of four, kept busy preening for several minutes -- providing good shots for all of us photographers on the shore.  In this position it looked like a ballerina adjusting her tutu. This is probably a second year bird, judging from the light pink color and some feathers on the head.  Shot on Velvia film at ISO 50 with an 840mm lens at f-5.6 and 1/250sec.

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Image No. 8039-02

 
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