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Taken 17-Mar-13
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Roseate Spoonbills

Three Roseate Spoonbills competing for food with a Little Blue Heron and a Black-necked Stilt in Tarcoles River, Carara Biological Reserve, Costa Rica.

Roseate Spoonbills feeds in shallow fresh or coastal waters by swinging its bill from side to side as it steadily walks through the water, often in groups. The spoon-shaped bill allows it to sift easily through mud. It feeds on crustaceans, aquatic insects, frogs, newts and very small fish ignored by larger waders.