Kathleen Sullivan Meskunas took these photos of Roseate spoonbills Tuesday morning on Bayport Street, Marco Island.

According to "Very common in parts of the southeast until the 1860s, spoonbills were virtually eliminated from the United States as a side-effect of the destruction of wader colonies by plume hunters. Began to re-colonize Texas and Florida early in 20th century. Still uncommon and local, vulnerable to degradation of feeding and nesting habitats."   



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