One of our most distinctive wading birds is the Roseate Spoonbill. No other North American bird has a bill shaped like this one. The word spatulate, which means having a broad, rounded end, is often used to describe it. The bird in this photo has a bald head and a bright red stripe on the shoulder. Those two features identify it as an adult. Spoonbills are about 32” tall. All of these photos were taken at Ding Darling NWR on Sanibel Island near Ft. Myers, Florida.