After visiting with the Least Terns a week ago, Michael and I stopped by the St. Augustine Alligator Farm to check out the rookery. I can’t believe this is my first visit to a rookery this spring! Last spring I practically lived in them.
It’s prime nesting season at the rookery now. The Great Egret chicks are pretty big. Tiny Tricolored Herons and Snowy Egrets are beginning to hatch. There are more Roseate Spoonbill nests than ever before. Everywhere you look, there are birds!
It’s fun to see how your photography changes over the years. The first time I went to the rookery, I took hundreds of images, trying to capture every species I could find. Several years later, I now spend a lot more time with each nest. I look for opportunities to isolate my subjects and catch them in unique or interesting poses. I also take way fewer pictures, hehe.
I was of course required to take some pictures of the huge Galapagos tortoises for Rich. He keeps giving me a hard time that there aren’t more turtles on this blog!
Want to learn more about nature photography at Alligator Farm?
Check out my Alligator Farm page with more information about the location, map, website, photography tips, etc. It is archived by date so you can see my images from previous visits. Maybe you'll be inspired for your own trip!
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