March 20, 2017
- as seen by -Harry D. Selsor
The T. M. Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area and Broadmoor Marsh Unit (known locally as the Stick Marsh) encompasses 6,270 acres of a wetland restoration project in the upper St. Johns River Basin in Florida. The objective of this area is to maintain a high quality wetland habitat for the migrating and wintering of resident waterfowl and other wildlife.
In this fragile backdrop are a few small islands near the boat launch ramp where various marsh birds gather to nest and raise their young. It is here I captured this beautiful roseate spoonbill coming in to land to bring food to its recently hatched young. The morning sun made the pink wingspread glow.
The roseate spoonbill is one of the most colorful wading birds found in Florida. The Stick Marsh is one of its local breeding areas. Bright scarlet pink patches of wing feathers are indicative of this marsh bird in its beautiful breeding plumage.
Canon 7D Mk II, EOS 600mm f/4 IS II Lens