I made it to the rookery in north Tampa in early June for my last trip of the nesting season. I wasn’t sure if there would still be any babies at this point or would they all be grown up by now. The first thing I saw at the edge of the pond was this tiny gator trying to hide in the vegetation. Even though he was small I still kept my eye on him while I was there.
This cattle egret looks like he has a boo boo on his face. Hopefully it’s just superficial and heals. Maybe he got it in a fight with another egret?
The baby anhingas were already fully grown.
There were still a few little blue herons flirting so there may still be some babies later.
A baby night heron emerged from deep in the bushes.
These flowers were growing all over the rookery as well as along the woods next to street. The ants seemed to be enjoying them.
Even though it was hot the gibbons were swinging back and forth and hooting.
Some of the other fun faces at the zoo.
A bird of paradise almost in bloom.
A cloudy almost rainy day is a good day to go to the zoo in late July. It’s too hot to go on a sunny day. Most of the animals were out moving around the morning I visited for a quick walk. There’s always something different there to see each visit.
A few weeks after my trip to Chesnut Park in the rain after work, I headed back for another walk on a Saturday morning. The babies are usually hiding in the woods on Saturday mornings since the park is pretty busy. I was lucky to see the above hanging close to mom and wandering around near the parking area in the back of the park. There was a male close by as well. In that last picture, the little one turned to look at me as if to say “What’s that furry thing with an acorn, Lady?”
Ants were hanging out on the flowers.
A young red shoulder hawk was hunting near my car.