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Polk Rookery

My friend Herman sometimes takes my dad and me to the Polk Rookery. It's a great place to photograph wading birds at their nests. My favorites are the Roseate Spoonbill nests, and Brown Pelicans nest here as well. I've been asked to not disclose the location in order to protect the nesting habitat. You need a boat to get there, anyway.


Sunset at the Polk Rookery

Sunset at the Polk Rookery - April 2013

Herman took my dad and me on a boat trip to the Polk Rookery this past weekend.  It was my first time being there in the afternoon, so it was fun to see the nests that are not well illuminated in my normal morning light.  There don't seem to be as many nests this year as in past years.  There are decent number of Wood Storks, and lots of White …Read More


Father’s Day at the Polk Rookery

Father’s Day at the Polk Rookery - June 2012

Herman invited my dad and me out on his boat to visit the Polk Rookery on Father's Day.  Activity there is winding down.  Many of the young birds have already fledged.  Recent rains have left the rookery cleaner — and less smelly — than I remember from the end of last season.  There was still enough activity to keep our cameras busy… :) The White Ibis and Cattle Egrets continue …Read More


Nesting Season Winds Down at Polk Rookery

Nesting Season Winds Down at Polk Rookery - July 2011

Today Herman took Dyeyo and me for one last boat ride in the Polk Rookery.  The nesting season has all but ended.  Most of the birds have left, leaving the islands very empty looking.  A few adults and fledglings were still perched at the top of the Brazilian Pepper, allowing for easier subject isolation.  It was supposed to be a very cloudy morning, but the sun surprised us with a …Read More


Father’s Day at the Polk Rookery

Father’s Day at the Polk Rookery - June 2011

Dyeyo and I spent a nice Father's Day morning with Herman at his rookery in Polk County.  That's always such a fun place to go.  Herman's little portable boat is awesome for floating between the islands and observing the birds. We started the morning with a Least Bittern – what a way to start the day!  He was completely out from under cover, posing beautifully—for just a second!  Then as …Read More


Spoon-Feeding at the Polk Rookery

Spoon-Feeding at the Polk Rookery - May 2011

Herman took my dad and me out in his boat again this morning.  The Polk Rookery has changed considerably since my last visit in March.  Then the birds were building their nests, and Great Egrets, Wood Storks dominated the Brazilian Pepper.  Today the rookery was filled with fledgling birds of all sorts: Roseate Spoonbills, Great Egrets, Tricolored Herons, Snowy Egrets, Little Blue Herons, Black-Crowned Night Herons, White Ibis, Brown Pelicans, …Read More


Let’s Go Build a Nest! (Polk Rookery)

Let’s Go Build a Nest! (Polk Rookery) - March 2011

Our friend Herman took Dyeyo and me out on his little boat this morning to a rookery in Polk County.  It was so amazing!  Unlike the Gatorland Rookery and the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Rookery, this one is totally wild.  There were hundreds of birds there, most of them sporting their breeding plumages.  We saw Great Egrets, Wood Storks, Roseate Spoonbills, Black-Crowned Night Herons, White Ibises, Great Blue Herons, Snowy …Read More