One of the joys of living on the west coast of Florida is the chance to happen upon a flock of roseate spoonbills like these, spotted in Myakka River State Park recently. The birds - often mistaken for flamingos - were nearly annihilated in the late 19th century by plume hunters. The population has made a significant recovery but is still listed as a species of special concern by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The birds nest in the Tampa Bay area from February through June, according to the commission.
So keep an eye out. This is a good time to catch a view of them feeding in shallow water, especially at dawn and dusk.