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

According to Audubon.org: "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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