The other day I was walking through the newly opened Perico Preserve when I spotted these Roseate Spoonbills. They were busy feeding in the shallows of a pond and they didn't seem to mind me taking their picture. I was struck by the color of their feathers which reminded me of flamingos.
When I was in southern France I heard that the flamingos are pink because they eat so much shrimp. I'm no expert but I wonder about that since even flamingos in captivity are pink. These spoonbills are not in captivity and I don't think they eat much shrimp. I think the pink color is natural and it tends to confuse people like me into thinking they've seen a flamingo. I imagine it happens a lot here in Florida.
Its pretty amazing that I could just walk upon these. I get a similar feeling when I see herons, egrets and pelicans right up close. Many of them have grown accustomed to people and will not flee as long as you don't indicate harm. In fact yesterday, I was walking through another trail and came upon two rabbits. Rather than run they just parted to either side of the trail to let me pass and then resumed to what they were doing. Not sure where I'm going with all of this other than I consider it a privilege to interact with the wildlife. I guess I just don't look scary enough.