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~Birding in Texas, Roseate Spoonbills

High Island, Texas, Smith Oats Rookery, April, 2017

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

The Egrets were ahead of the Spoonbills in nesting and raising chicks. They¬†were still gathering sticks to add to their nests, sitting on the nests to hatch more chicks, and hunting for food to feed the chicks they had. Not sure how many chicks are hatched during a breeding season, but probably not very many of them make it to adults. ūüė¶

The Spoonbills were chasing each other, mating, and vocal. Howard captured the sounds at this amazing place, which I will share in a future post.

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A pair
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Sweet
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A funny photo, mirror images!
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Hunting
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Bird Hotel

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It would have been a treat to see Spoonbill chicks!

~Photo Play – Just the Right Stick~

Last Spring I introduced you to Mr. and Mrs. Roseate Spoonbill – Samuel and Rose, and to Mr. and Mrs. Great Egret – Eugene and Louise.

Well, guess what, they are back to entertain you in my “Just the Right Stick” photo play, which comes to you from The Rookery at Smith Oaks, High Island, Texas.

Here is Eugene, hunting for a stick, or so we think, to bring to his mate Jeez Louise. If you remember, Eugene calls her Jeez Louise, because she is never satisfied. Notice his complete focus throughout his endeavor.

Eugene tells Rose and Samuel, "I need to get to that stick over there."
Eugene tells Rose and Samuel, “I need to get to that stick over there.”
Eugene tells Samuel, "let me just reach over you for a better look at that stick."
Eugene tells Samuel, “Let me just reach over you for a better look.”
Rose, tells Samuel, "are you just going to let Eugene interrupt your grooming?"
Rose, tells Samuel, “Are you just going to let Eugene interrupt your nap and gosh he almost speared me with that long, ugly, pointed bill of his.”
Rose tells Samuel, "do something he is scaring me."
Rose tells Samuel, “Do something, Eugene is starting to scare me. Are you sure he is going after the stick and not Sam, Jr?”
"Samuel my sweetheart, that is a wonderful idea, push Eugene with your wing or just kick him!"
“Samuel my sweetheart, that is a wonderful idea, push Eugene with your wing or just kick him!”
"That worked Samuel, you are my hero."
“That worked Samuel, you are my hero. But wait, Eugene is now closer to Sam, Jr.” Samuel tells Rose, “I’ll just keep my wing spread out in case he decides to come back over here and Sam, Jr. will just have to fend for himself.”
Eugene says, "Sorry for my intrusion, but Louise wanted this stick."
Eugene says, “Sorry for my intrusion, but Louise wanted this stick. Oh, hi Sam I didn’t see you down there.”

¬†Until next time…..

"I better get this stick before Louise sends Eugene after it."
“I better get this stick before Louise sends Eugene after it.”

Sharing with:

~Charlotte for Feathers on Friday 

https://prairiebirder.wordpress.com/2015/04/03/feathers-on-friday-143/#comment-7131

~Eileen for Saturday Critters 

http://viewingnaturewitheileen.blogspot.com/2015/04/saturdays-critters-68.html

~whimsical wednesday- Pssst…..Eugene here~

 

Remember me? Your friendly guide from the Smith Oaks Rookery in High Island, Texas? 

That’s me in the photo below; in case you forgot, I’am the very handsome Great Egret.

I wanted to share, with you, a few photos of my neighbors with the funny shaped bill. You might remember me telling you a little about them in my first post.

What are they doing down there?

"What are they doing?"
“Don’t you think I am handsome?”

 

Meet Samuel and Rose
Meet Samuel and Rose

Even though I am extremely busy here at the Rookery, trying to keep Louise happy, I noticed that Samuel and Rose do a lot of weird things with that big spoon shaped bill!

"Gotta itch"
“Gotta itch”

 

 Man, Samuel is trying to poke her in the mouth!

"Open Wide"
“Give me a kiss Rose”

 

Hmmmm, now I know exactly what they are up to. Maybe I shouldn’t¬†show you these photos; Samuel might get angry with me. Oh what the heck, he has been angry with¬†me before.

 

Making Babies
“Hold still Rose”

 

"Will you please get off of my head"
“Sam, will you please get off of my head!”

 

"Sweet, I'am feeling happy"
“Sweet baby, I’am feeling happy”

 

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“Aren’t they beautiful and don’t they look so darn happy!”

 

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“Just wait until I get my spoonbill on Eugene! Thanks for stopping by, but next time give us some privacy.”

 

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“I gotta go, Samuel is really mad at me!”