National Geographic : 1962 Feb
Breakfast-bound Pinks Erupt From Their Private Texas Lagoon Rainbow tails flash saffron and scarlet against an azure sky as spoonbills start their morning search for food. Driven from nearby rook eries by nesting birds, these unpaired adults and imma ture members of the flock summer in solitude amid salt cedars on coastal islands. Gulf Coast sanctuaries aid the birds' fight for survival. Roseate spoonbills find ref uge in coastal fringes of Tex as, Louisiana, and Florida. Members of this species, Ajaia ajaja, dwell also in South America and in the West Indies. In 1961 Hurri cane Carla damaged rook eries in Galveston Bay, but author Allen believes the birds will return.