Roseate Spoonbill Necklace

Roseate Spoonbill Necklace

198.00

Measurements:

2.25” x 1.25” (pendant)

  • Heavily oxidized to bring out the subtle texture of the metal.

  • Pierced sterling silver silhouette of a flying Roseate Spoonbill (back).

  • Scolecite cabochon.

  • 8 mm peach moonstone.

  • 2 mm 20” rolo chain, with one side dispersed with faceted pink tourmaline beads.

  • End of chain terminates with a white fresh water pearl and faceted rose quartz briolette. Lobster claw clasp.

  • Signed and dated on the back, stamped ".925".

This piece is part of a series of pendants representing endangered or threatened birds in the US.
I am starting the series off here in my native Florida, exploring the states extensive and varied bird population and how we interact, alter, and coexist within each other's world.

Conservation status: Very common in parts of the southeast until the 1860s, spoonbills were virtually eliminated from the United States as a side-effect of the destruction of wader colonies by plume hunters. Began to re-colonize Texas and Florida early in 20th century. Still uncommon and local, vulnerable to degradation of feeding and nesting habitats.

Family: Ibises and Spoonbills

Habitat: Coastal marshes, lagoons, mudflats, mangrove keys. Forages in shallow water with muddy bottom, in both salt and fresh water, including tidal ponds, coastal lagoons, extensive inland marshes. Nests in colonies, in Florida mainly in red mangroves, farther west in willows or on coastal islands in low scrub, including mesquite and salt cedar.

Gorgeous at a distance and bizarre up close is the Roseate Spoonbill. Locally common in coastal Florida, Texas, and southwest Louisiana, they are usually in small flocks, often associating with other waders. Spoonbills feed in shallow waters, walking forward slowly while they swing their heads from side to side, sifting the muck with their wide flat bills (https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/roseate-spoonbill).

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