These are all great egret babies at various ages. I took a road trip over to Orlando for my annual visit to see the birds nesting in the bird rookery at Gatorland. The big lake at the park has a boardwalk full of nesting wild birds in the bushes. I got there early in the morning and the babies were all screaming for food. It was very loud. The older babies were flapping their wings and testing them out. I took tons of pictures so there will be more posts on this trip.
There were not many birds on the beach near the pier. A few laughing gulls and this lone black bellied plover.
Looks like this is a couple of laughing gulls flirting.
The rare hybrid great blue heron/great egret made an appearance at the pier.
This osprey was eating some yummy fish on the light post on the pier.
Another osprey was also eating. These osprey have been hanging out on the pier a lot lately. They are not skittish and don’t fly away as tons of people are walking by just below them.
It’s been a beautiful afternoon but I was hungry and had a 45 minute drive home so I left to get some dinner.
A baby great horned owl growing up in a park near where I live. The baby has such curious expressions. He was hiding high up in a tree.
At some point he woke up and moved over to the shade.
A screech owl was hiding close by.
Boy, those baby eagles grow up fast. I didn’t get to see them for a few weeks and now they are sitting up looking like a grown up.
The oldest one was flapping his wings pretty hard but wasn’t getting too much height yet. I’m sure it won’t be long. I don’t know if I’ll make it back before they fly away.
One of the proud parents in a snag close by.
Some very young chickens were out running around feeding on the main path.
A peacock was showing off.
Creepy but pretty lizard.
I got to pet the “not quite week old” baby goat. Me and the other kids. He was so cute and friendly. I took this with my phone and was sitting on the ground watching him play.
Fun distractions on the weekend at Horsepower for Kids.
This mom had only one baby to feed.
This mom had 3 little screaming mouths to feed. The baby great egrets were very loud. Both parents were busy flying in with fish to feed the babies. The adult swallows the fish and then regurgitates it back up into the babies beak. I’m surprised she doesn’t get an eye poked out. The babies are almost as big as the parents but they still have a little fuzz on top of their heads. These were taken at Gatorland in Orlando in mid-April.