Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 201

Common name:

Roseate Spoonbill

Scientific name: Platalea ajaja
Date: 7-6-12
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of time observed: Observed: 20 min
Number: 1
Age: unknown
Sex: unknown
Location: Cataract Caynon, Northeast of Lake Powell
County: San Juan
Latilong: unknown
Elevation: unknown
Distance to bird: 70-100 yrds
Optical equipment: Sony Handy Cam 55X
Weather: Clear
Light Conditions: Excellent
Description:        Size of bird: See Below
(Description:)       Basic Shape: See Below
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: See Below
(Description:)            Bill Type: See Below
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
I am not an experienced birder and shared the zoom photo with a neighbor Bill Kleh who is an experienced birder and he concluded it was unmistakingly a Roseate Spoonbill mostly whitish with light pinkish blush underparts; very little pink showing on wing destinctive spatulate bill clearly seen. Bird was waiting in the quiet part of Colorado River bird flew off outing several minutes of observation. Bird is recorded on camera and will be able to transmit after returning home to Dallas.
(See YouTube Video)
Song or call & method of delivery: No vocalization
Behavior: wading in quiet part of river then flew off after several minutes and never seen again
Habitat: canyon bottom
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
live in Texas and have seen this species along the Texas coast
References consulted: Bill Kleh (cell 305-409-0321) and National Geographic Field Guide of North America
Description from:  
Observer: Nathan Robinett and others on rafting party
Observer's address: 7 Grantley Court, Dallas, Tx
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Chris Robinett (son) and others on rafting party
Date prepared: 7-13-12
Additional material: Photos  [YouTube Video]
Additional_Comments: Will attempt to send photo at later date when have access to cables