Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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[Mystery birds] Roseate Spoonbill, Ajaia ajaj, photographed at Tom Bass Park, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you tomorrow]

Image: Joseph Kennedy, 20 March 2009 [larger view].

Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with tsn-pz camera eyepiece 1/1000s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400.

Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.

Review all mystery birds to date.


  1. #1 Robyn
    April 28, 2009

    Roseate Spoonbill? Field marks – the pink color of the body coupled with the whitish neck, and the spoon-shaped bill.

  2. #2 Hollie
    April 28, 2009

    Roseate spoonbill. Long legs, pink color of body. But most of all the long, flat bill indicates a roseate spoonbill.

  3. #3 Russell
    April 28, 2009

    Those are funny birds to watch feed.

  4. #4 Apikoros
    April 28, 2009

    Finally one I knew right off and Robyn and Hollie beat me to it. The color and the bill are both give-aways.

  5. #5 Quiet Desperation
    April 28, 2009

    Great camera angle. This would be a “‘tocks” shot on Cute Overload.

  6. #6 CyberLizard
    April 28, 2009

    Shoot, I actually knew one and got beaten to the punch.

  7. #7 Ian
    April 29, 2009

    This is actually the Texas Inversabird. By some strange freak of evolution, its head is where its tail should be and vice-versa, as you can see in the photo. The ass-backward nature of the bird is why it has become the emblem of the Texas Board of Education.

    Healthwise, the bird is obviously in the pink.

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