Above are both great egrets. The first one an adult and the 2nd is almost grown up.
The snowy egrets were strutting around and flirting.
A tricolored heron sitting on a nest.
Other tricolored herons were still strutting around.
The beautiful face of a male anhinga.
A catbird was posing for everyone while he was eating the berries.
Lots of pretty wild birds on the boardwalk at Gatorland. Nesting season was in full swing. Many great egret babies and many eggs from snowy egrets and tricolored egrets. This was mid April so most of the babies are grown up and gone by now.
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.
Young great egrets are being fed by mom. The parents swallow the fish and then regurgitate the fish back up into the baby’s beak. Doesn’t that sound yummy?
A young cormorant was begging mom to feed him.
The youngest babies at the park that day. They are 1 or 2 day old snowy egrets. The parents were going to be busy feeding 3 babies. You can just barely see the fish eyes coming out of the mom’s beak. Looks like she had a beak full of minnows.
All morning long the babies yell to be fed. The tiny ones like in the last pictures aren’t so bad since they are so small and don’t quite know what’s going on yet. The bigger babies such as the top great egret pictures are obnoxious. They are really loud and flap their wings until they are fed. When the parent flies over to the nest they attack them. The parents keep feeding them though. All of the above were from my trip to Gatorland in May.
Scruffy looking baby egrets. I think these were snowy egrets.
Baby blue herons sticking close together.
Baby anhingas already grown up.
Tiny baby wood stork on the nest.
Baby great egrets in various stages of growing up.
I was watching this almost grown baby great egret exercising his wings. I don’t think he had fledged yet. He kept practicing flapping but never made it off the bush. He was probably gone in another day or so.
It’s fun watching the baby birds grow up in the bushes along the lake at Gatorland. The trip in late May provided babies from all stages of growing up.
Great egrets flying by.
It was mid-May and birds were still gathering sticks for nests. All morning long they were flying back and forth from one set of bushes to another.
A sandhill crane flies over the park.
Wood storks were busy adding to their nests.
Cattle egrets were doing the same.
It’s always busy in the mornings at the bird rookery in Gatorland. Wild birds are still coming in to nest over the lake full of alligators. The mangroves were filled with nests in different stages. Some had parents still sleeping on eggs, some had newborn babies, some had almost adult babies still screaming to be feed. Lots of fun activities to take pictures of.