|Beautiful Pink Roseate Spoonbills （玫瑰紅琵鷺）
and Other Wildlife in Myakka River State Park in
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Our main goal for coming to Myakka River State Park near west coast in Florida is to look for the beautiful pink
colored Roseate Spoonbill (玫瑰紅琵鷺). While in this park, an experienced birder/visitor told us that she saw
some roseate spoonbills while hiking on the Nature Trail in the park. But those birds were at a substantial
distance away. So, we drove on the main park drive and looked for this Nature Trail, parked our car at the
small parking lot near this Sign for Nature Trail, then hiked the Nature Trail into the woods.
Myakka River State Park is located at 13208 (State Road) 72, Sarasota, Florida 34241
Map: Click here for interactive Google Map showing location of Myakka River State Park
Map: Click here for detailed Park Map of Myakka River State Park
This detailed park map shows the location of the Nature Trail.
After a short walk on the Nature Trail in the woods, we reached this boardwalk with a bench over the open
swamp marsh area.
From this boardwalk looking east, we saw some birds so far away in the middle of the swamp that each bird
appeared as a tiny white dot.
迷人的玫瑰紅琵鷺，是珍貴的嬌客， 腳很長，可以涉足到水中， 將喙埋入水中左右搖
Fortunately, my compact super-zoom camera (Canon PowerShot SX50 HS) has 50X optical zoom that
enables me to zoom in to get some better pictures of the beautiful roseate spoonbill instead of just the tiny
Immature roseate spoonbills are paler in color.
Roseate spoonbill is named for its pink feather and spoon shaped bill. The eyes and legs are red.
Some roseate spoonbills were flying in the air far away showing their beautiful pink color.
Roseate spoonbills are frequently seen in the company of other water and wading birds including ibises,
storks, cormorants, herons and egrets.
The roseate spoonbill spends a lot of its time in muddy shallow water feeding. It feeds on crustaceans,
aquatic insects, frogs, newts and very small fish ignored by larger waders. It sweeps its open bill from side to
side in the muddy water to sift up food like small fish, shrimp, mollusks, snails and insects. It has touch
receptors in its bill that help it feel its prey. The side-to-side sweeping of open bill creates mini-whirlpools that
pull up small prey from the muddy bottom. Sensitive touch receptors along the bill’s length detect vibrations
and signal the bill to close quickly on prey swept inside the spoon. They hunt for food by touch instead of
sight, a crucial adaptation for a bird that feeds in muddy or vegetation-clogged water.
I took two movie clips of the special feeding behavior of roseate spoonbill as shown at the following two
I took these two movie clips with very long zoom such that it is very sensitive to any tiny shakes or
movements of the camera.
We also saw many beautiful roseate spoonbills in our 2015 January birding tour of Texas Gulf Coast as
shown on my web page at:
This great blue heron caught a big fish near the Boat Basin in the Park.
In addition to those roseate spoonbills in that swamp area, we also toured other areas in Myakka River State
Park to watch other wildlife in action.
It seemed that this fish was too big for the great blue heron to swallow. I watched this great blue heron
fooled around with this fish for more than 10 minutes, but could not swallow it. We, then, left the Boat Basin
and moved on to watch other wildlife actions in this park.
There is a large lake (Upper Myakka Lake) in this park. I used my compact super-zoom camera to zoom and
to scan the far side of the big lake and I was surprised to see some wild pigs on the far side of the big lake in
addition to some cormorants in the middle of the lake.
An osprey (fish hawk) was hovering over the big lake looking for fish to catch.
Normally, osprey flies or hovers over the water or perches on a tall tree near the water to look for fish to catch.
It is surprising for me to see this osprey standing in shallow water, almost like a wading bird.
There are some big alligators in this park too.
Some shore birds flying over the big lake.
One of several wood storks in the air.
May be a Limpkin
A male anhinga
While hiking on the Nature Trail in the wood, we saw several wild turkeys and deer
Many vultures were circling high on the sky.
Many ibises busily feeding.
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of thousands of miles and of one to two weeks in duration covering many Points of Interest is described on my
web page at: