Thursday night, Tom M. invited me to meet him at Gatorland. We both showed up at 7:30 Friday morning to see what’s changed from our visit on February 20th. The answer is a lot! Last time, it was mostly the Great Egrets starting to breed. This time several more species are dressed up in their fancy colors and plumage and building nests. And the Great Egret chicks are starting to hatch. Here are some photos from the trip.
I saw this male Anhinga getting ready to take off and managed to make a frame just as it left the tree. You can see the breeding season blue around his eye as well as some of the crest on his head.
Cormorant eyes are always pretty in the right light. They add a striking blue mouth during nesting season. Some of the Cormorants are already on nests. This pair looked like they were just about to “get busy”.
Tri-colored Herons also add a dash of blue for breeding season. They’re starting to show off with courting behaviors and poses to attract mates.
And here’s a couple of Great Egret siblings huddled up close to Mama in the nest. I’m not sure you can call these young chicks without a full set of feathers beautiful, but they are cute.
Snowy Egrets, Cattle Egrets, Wood Storks and other species usually also nest in the this rookery – so we still have those to look forward to. It’s a wonderful time to visit Gatorland, the St. Augustine Alligator Farm, or your local bird rookery. Don’t miss this chance to see nature in action!
Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Now – go make some photos!
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6 thoughts on “Breeding blue and hatching chicks”
The clarity and details of the images are outstanding! I am not sure I’ll make it over there this season. Looking for another update in a few weeks.
Thanks, Jim. Maybe things will go quicker than you think – I hope so. There’s nesting going on probably into June.
Totally wonderful shot! I can hardly wait to go back to Alligator Farm and I scheduled a workshop Bird Fest up there. Should be so fun…This is a great place for photography….Thank you for the info on your blog…and great images!
Thank you Dorothy. The workshop sounds like fun – I bet it’ll be wonderful.
Wonderful shots, and a blog full of the joys of Spring – uplifting!
Thanks Rhona – I’m glad you like them. Gatorland is a great resource to have close by.