Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja)

The Roseate Spoonbill was high on the list of species I wanted to meet, and I finally did it! The pink coloration is unbelievable, and makes the bird very conspicuous on trees, as the plumage color contrasts nicely with the green leaves. They perch high in the trees while resting, but descend to the shallows to forage for food with their strange beaks.

The picture below was taken during a boat tour in the Tárcoles River, on June 18th, 2017. The tour was guided by Randall Ortega, an expert birder and owner of Mangrove Birding Journey.

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A Roseate Spoonbill perched high up in the branches of a tree.

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This is a picture taken in Punta Morales. As we closed in, the bird flew away and stopped by this tree for a few minutes

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