Wild zoo babies

An almost grown great egret scratching. This one must be one of the first ones born at the zoo this spring. He still had just a little bit of baby fuzz on his head.

Very young little blue herons were waiting to be fed.

Baby little blue herons that were a little older but not yet flying.  They were in lots of different stages of growing up.

Screaming “Feed Me” in Mom’s ear.

Two baby great egrets still on the nest waiting for a parent to fly in with food.

My favorite part of Lowry Park  Zoo in Tampa is the bird rookery at the alligator exhibit. It’s much smaller than the one at Gatorland but it’s close to home.  The wild birds come in and nest right in front of the exhibit.  While all of the kids are oohing and aahing over the alligators I am busy trying to get shots of the baby birds.

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Beauties and Beasts

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A juvenile little blue heron in the swamp.

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A very young night heron.

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Another young little blue heron across the lake. Trying to blend in.

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A downy woodpecker working on a hole.

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“This tree smells funny.”

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It looks like fall, but looks are deceiving. It was still over 80 degrees in late October.

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Creepy crawlers along the boardwalk.

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Weird bugs in the water right below the boardwalk. They looked like water roaches.

Stuff from my late October walk at Lettuce Lake Park.

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Up close and personal

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A white eyed vireo.

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A juvenile night heron, born in early spring.  He looks grumpy.

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Probably cause he’s trying to sleep and it’s sunny outside and the parrots are noisy.

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His parent looks even grumpier.

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A female anhinga looking over her shoulder.

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A juvenile little blue heron. He’ll be all blue after his first year.

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An osprey in a tree right on the trail.

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A great egret giving me a typical Florida pose.

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I found another juvenile night heron along the river bank. This one looks a little bit older than the one picture above. His feathers are starting to turn gray.

Largo Nature Preserve is a small park. It’s square-shaped park. One side has a golf course, one side has a neighborhood, one has a model airplane field and the other is the parking lot coming off a busy road.  It’s rare to see something unusual there but the bigger birds that hang out there let you get pretty close. Especially along the boardwalk. Most of them won’t move if you walk by them while they are standing on the railing.  Night herons nest here so the babies grow up sleeping in the trees that are only a few feet away from the boardwalk.

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A few late babies bringing in the rear

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The juvenile little blue heron above was testing out his wings. He was a little wobbly as he moved from branch to branch and he was flapping hard. I don’t think he was quite ready to take off yet but soon. I like the way you can see his bones in his wings. He’s still got some pin feathers underneath there.

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The ones above are still too young to be off moving around yet. They must have been the last ones born later this spring.

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There was still a tiny one.  A very late tricolored heron baby with his parent were on the other side of the alligator exhibit at Lowry Park Zoo. Another great wild baby bird season is coming to a close at the zoo.

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