The three stooges. This was the first nest you came to on the boardwalk so they were greeting everyone that came in that morning. They must be one of the first babies that were born this spring. They are almost fully grown.
Even when the babies look grown up they still have that spiky hair sticking up on the top of their heads that make them look so comical.
These birds were jumping around waiting for mom to come back with food.
Upclose profile. He’s probably 6-8 weeks old.
Parent (on the left) feeding one of it’s almost grown offspring. The one on the far right is waiting his turn.
The parent on the left is running away from his screaming crazy babies.
“Feed me, feed me” These juvenile tricolored herons were screaming all morning. They are now much more animated and louder as they get older.
On my third trip to Gatorland to see the nesting wild birds in the rookery there, the baby tricolored herons were growing up fast. They are the funniest birds to watch out of all the big water birds that nest there. The great egrets and blue herons scream but don’t look as comical as the tricolored herons do. There were juveniles only a few months old walking on the rails of the boardwalk. They got pretty close to the photographers there. I kept having to back up to take pictures. It was a lot of fun watching these guys grow up.