Anyway, my heart’s desire this week has been to see roseate spoonbills, up close. Pink fluffy birds with long spoon-shaped bills, these birds are perfectly named. We saw spoonbills several years ago at Port Aransas, but they were far away, and merely pink smudges in the reeds. So a few days ago, we left early from Goose Island to drive 25 miles to the dock, where we boarded a ferry for a trip of approximately two minutes. Six ferries continually transport cars and passengers across the narrow channel. It must be cheaper than building a bridge.
Since our last visit to Port Aransas, a new nature preserve (Charlie’s Pasture) has been created. It’s 1200 acres of sand flats, salt marshes, and ponds, bordered by Aransas Bay. A beautiful mile-long boardwalk crosses the sand flats. We walked it late morning, birding along the way; by noon, it was so hot that we felt as though we were crossing the Mojave. Early morning or at sunset would have been a lot more pleasant. Nonetheless, we were rewarded with great birding—herons, egrets (including a young reddish-egret, which is white), a variety of ducks (pintails, redheads, shovelers), osprey, white and brown pelicans, caracara, and SPOONBILLS! Great views, and close up.
We stopped by every other birding hotspot in Port Aransas but returned late afternoon to Charlie’s Pasture to visit the spoonbills again, and were rewarded with even closer views. What a treat! Much better than pink fluffy marshmallow cookies.
What an amazing bird! and it does remind me of those cookies.
Oh my, oh my, oh my. I love those spoonbills! I want a big stuffed animal spoonbill now. They are soooooooo amazing. And so is that caracara. The photo with the pink reflection in the water is wonderful!!!! I don’t know what the pink cookies are that you described, but I flashed back on some large pinkish coconut covered treat like a hostess snowball or something. Wasn’t there a junk food snack out there at some time like this? Anyway, the birds are magnificent. Whew. Thanks for sharing.
Haha, yes, they were Hostess Sno-balls. As I recall, I liked the way they looked better than the way they tasted. ;-)