Bubali Magic

This beautiful close-up image of the pink bird is courtesy of Michiel Oversteegen of the Aruba Birdlife Conservation. This important foundation showcases and builds awareness of Aruba’s birds and other native flora and fauna.

You may have seen a ‘pink cloud’ lately at the Bubali or Spanish Lagoon Wetlands areas? It’s most likely to be Roseate Spoonbills (Ajaia ajaja) or ‘Chucharon Cora’ as they are known in Papiamento. This unusual looking bird forages in shallow muddy water while sweeping its flattened bill from side to side to catch small fish, crustaeceans and other aquatic invertebrates. The Roseate Spoonbill remains an uncommon sight as they are vulnerable to degradation of feeding and nesting habitats (Wetlands). (Source: arikok national park)