Baby Spoonbill

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The baby flamboyant Roseate Spoonbill generally have 2-4 siblings and looks like it came straight out of a Dr. Seuss book. They hatch from an egg that is whitish to pale green, eventually covered with brown spots. They will stay in their eggs for 22 days before hatching. When they hatch they are pink skinned and covered with white down. Their eyes are closed and they are unable to stand.

They are raised in a nest in the mangrove islands, pepperbush, willows, sea myrtle, and other shrubs near the water in Sarasota County bays. Their nests are created in the shadiest part of the tree or shrub, up to 16 feet high, areas that protect them from prey and humans. Their nesting period will last 35 - 42 days. They are capable of strong flight at roughly 7 - 8 weeks.

It is their fathers that collect the sticks for their mothers to build a nest, a bulky platform lined with finer plant materials such as moss and strips of bark. When completed their nest will be about 22 inches wide and 4.5 inches deep.

They will eventually get their bright pink colored feathers from their diet eating crustaceans such as shrimp, prawns, aquatic insects and fish. They have red eyes staring out from a partly bald head, and a giant spoon-shaped bill. They fly with necks outstretched to and from foraging and nesting areas along the coastal southeastern U.S., and south to South America.


Bridget Lyons

Bridget Lyons is a Florida Artist who focuses on colors and contrast in her paintings. That love of color has become a staple in her choices for street painting, although, she has pushed her range and begun to explore black and white images. Over the years, she has moved from flat, bright images to develop her passion for colors and just how far she can push the limits. Her style continues to evolve in street painting, by her mixed use of carefully selected reproductions and inspired original pieces. Aside from street painting, She also enjoys photography and painting in acrylics.