Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja), Aguirre Lake area, Buenos Aires NWR, Pima County
These Roseate Spoonbills were found and photographed by Charles Corson on 09 September 2017
and photographed by Dennis Widman on 19 September 2017
Flock of five birds seen flying over the refuge at Aguirre Lake
and later one lone spoonbill was photographed on Grebe
Although considered a regular visitor to the state through the 1970's, it has been much rarer and less regular since, probably associated with the decline of waterbird habitat in the Colorado River Delta in nearby Mexico. However, an increase in records in recent years led the ABC to remove this species from the Review List in 2014.
Unmistakable large pink water birds with a spatulate
bill. This is a first year bird because of the fully
feathered head. Second year birds also lack the red
shoulders of adults, but have the bald forehead typical
of adults and are usually brighter pink. Adult plumage
is acquired in the third year.
09 September 2017, photo by Charles Corson
19 September 2017, photo by Dennis WidmanAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 10 September 2017