Spoonbills are related to Ibis. When feeding, they sweep their spoon-shaped bills back and forth in shallow waters, grasping small fish, shrimp and other aquatic life.
Is this fluffed up bird doing some sort of mating dance? Or maybe s/he's just trying to keep warm! They seem happy to hang out with the hundreds of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks that have taken up residence on this resaca.
According to John Tveten, the nest is a "crude platform of sticks in a bush or tree". I love that both the male and female help with the nest and take turns sitting on the eggs. A clutch tends to have two or three eggs, which are chalky white with brown specks. Mr. Tveten says that "as the pair exchange places at the nest, they bow and croak to each other". How fun would that be to see!
Well, if this drizzle will go away, I'll get outside and take a few TRUE bloom pictures for a more traditional Garden Bloggers Bloom Day (GBBD) post. As always, thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for GBBD.