Birds at Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park

Nested season had already started for the great blue herons at Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park. Some were just starting to work on nests, some were still showing off for their mate and some were already sitting on eggs.

Resident pelicans.

The permanently injured resident white morph great blue heron was showing his breeding colors in his beak.  The colors were really pretty against his white neck.

A caracara yelling at something. It’s rare to see a caracara in the Tampa bay area so this is a new bird for a lot of people They can usually be found more inland in central Florida. unfortunately this bird is here because he was injured out in the wild and lost a wing.

An eagle with a missing wing.

A wild phoebe flew right in front of me and posed so I had to take his picture.

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A rare bird – white morph great blue heron

Right away I heard a honking noise and saw this bird flying away from the pelicans. It seemed the pelicans were trying to get his fish. I realized I had found the rare white morph great blue heron that Jim had found a couple of days earlier. That honking noise was unmistakably a great blue heron sound.

He flew over to one of the boat ramps and tried to eat his fish in peace.

Before swallowing, he flew back into the water right in front of me. He seemed to be saying “Here it is, get a good shot lady.”

He finally swallowed and stood around for a while.

A few minutes later he flew up to the railing and posed. White morphs are pretty rare. They have mostly been sighted in south Florida near the Everglades. This is the first I’ve heard of one being in this area. Ron at had confirmed it as a great blue heron. Right before I left several other photographers had stopped by to see it.

For reference, above is a great egret. He has a bright orange beak and is much smaller. He was watching the great blue eat the fish.

A normal great blue heron (even though they look grey to me).

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