After leaving Lettuce Lake Park in north Tampa, I stopped by the bird rookery before heading home for one last look before it got too hot. It was fun seeing all of the juvenile wood storks almost grown up. It’s amazing how fast baby birds grow up. A few months later and they are as big as Mom. The young ones still have that pretty pale pink beak and a little fuzz on their heads.
Many of this spring’s early babies were already flying over to the side of the pond across from the mangrove island.
There were 3 snowy egret babies right in the front of the island. They were screaming for Mom who was close by.
High up in the tree a young cormorant was waiting for Mom to cough up the regurgitated fish.
On the way out of the neighborhood I saw a pair of sandhill cranes and stopped for a few minutes to get the above shots.