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Baby Roseate Spoonbills at the Alligator Farm

The St. Augustine Alligator Farm’s bird rookery had a record-breaking four Roseate Spoonbill nests this spring.  Two sets of chicks hatched a few weeks ago, but they are not visible from the boardwalk.   The other two nests hatched last weekend, and the little guys are so cute!

Baby Roseate Spoonbill

Baby Roseate Spoonbill

Dyeyo and I watched and waited for the babies to wake up, and we were rewarded for our patience by getting to watch Mama feed the babies.  The nest is easy to see (in the mulberry bush by the spotting scope), but there are lots of branches in the way of a good photograph.  I liked this pose with the baby’s beak next to the mother’s.

There’s another nest on the opposite side of the boardwalk.  The babies in that nest are smaller, and they don’t pop up as much.  I was happy to get this shot:

Baby Roseate Spoonbill

Baby Roseate Spoonbill

A lot of the baby birds are fledglings now, wandering from their nests and posing at the tops of trees.  There were Tricolored Heron fledglings everywhere.  Dyeyo says the baby birds are more interesting, but the fledglings sure pose prettier!

Tricolored Heron Fledgling

Tricolored Heron Fledgling

We saw a Snowy Egret nest with eggs, so the hatching isn’t quite over.  This nest had tiny babies, who were happy to eat the fish that their mother offered them for breakfast.

Snowy Egret nest

Snowy Egret nest

There were Wood Stork nests all over.  The babies are pretty big.  You can distinguish the adults from the babies because the babies have orange beaks  and the adults have black beaks.  (The babies are also cuter than the adults!)

Wood Stork breakfast time

Wood Stork breakfast time

I had fun zooming in for head shots of the Wood Stork juveniles.

Wood Stork juvenile

Wood Stork juvenile

Dyeyo’s and my favorite nest of the day was this Cattle Egret nest.  The sun was peaking through and the babies were active.  It’s too bad the big branch was in the way!

Cattle Egret nest

Cattle Egret nest

I got some fun close-ups of breakfast time.

Cattle Egret feeding

Cattle Egret feeding

As we left the Rookery, I had to stop and take pictures of the Galapagos turtles for Rich.  (I get in trouble if I don’t bring home at least one turtle picture!)  So here you go, Rich…

Galapagos turtle

Galapagos turtle

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