For some reason, the tricolored herons seem to be the last birds to nest at the bird rookery at Gatorland. Maybe they take over great egret nests once they are finished using them. There were a few nests that had older babies including the ones above.
Some were just a few days old.
Some of the older ones still being fed by parents.
These triplets, who were growing up in a nest on a palm tree right up against the boardwalk, were pretty funny to watch. They are so comical at this age. These were all taken during my last visit in late May.
Baby little blue herons at various ages.
Above are almost grown tricolored herons.
A snowy egret was watching her eggs. They had not hatched yet.
Baby house sparrows were being fed. The nest was high up in the roof of the ticket booth. I heard the babies chirping as I walked in and stopped to snap the above.
Besides the usual animals you see at the zoo, you can usually find wild baby birds growing up in the spring at Lowry Park Zoo. I found all of these in late May.
Baby tricolored heron babies hiding in the bushes. These are the fun babies to watch.
Look at those faces! They were screaming for Mom to feed them.
What was this one thinking? He’s thinking “Man, I need some hair gel.”
These two looked bored. Look at those long yellow feet.
The front one is thinking “Save me, please!”
Proud parent trying to sleep. These guys were actually pretty quiet.
Two to three-day old great egrets. I don’t know what Mom was feeding them.
“Come on Mom, we’re hungry”.
This one is about ready to go, or at least he thinks he is. He’s thinking “That’s it. If Dad doesn’t bring home McDonald’s for lunch, I’m outta here.”
On my last visit to Gatorland for the season in late May, the baby tricolored herons were just getting big enough to be funny. They all have that crazy, feathers sticking up everywhere look. They are very animated and even when they are quiet, they have a personality. There were also a few late baby great egrets as well. The season starts to wind down in mid-June. All of the babies start to leave the nests. Then the parents take off until next spring.