Lee Sterrenburg, Jeff McCoy and I were birding Goose Pond's main pool west when we discovered this 1st state record Roseate Spoonbill. Fortunately the bird stayed for several weeks, allowing many observers to see it, many getting much better photos than mine!
The poor quality of these documentation shots is the result of extreme distance from the bird (300 yards), convection, and using only a 300mm lens. Photo 1 shows the bird (center) with it's bill back-lit by the body of a Great Egret as it extends out to the right. Photo 2 shows the profile of the bill shape as it points it's bill straight up while preening. Photo 3 is a poor flight shot showing a pink tint and the bird's overall shape. These photos were taken with a Nikon D50 Digital Camera with a 70-300mm zoom lens.
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