Aquarium creatures in the manatee exhibit building.
Turtles swimming around in the manatee exhibit.
Watching pelicans being fed from behind the glass at the under water viewing area at the manatee hospital. It was strange watching from this perspective. Their little feet were going a mile a minute.
It’s not often you get to see a hooded merganser this close. He was swimming close to the window of the under water viewing window.
The Lowry Park Zoo is getting a new water filtration system for the manatee hospital so there are currently no manatees at the zoo. Any injured manatees are now being sent to other manatee rehabbers until their new system is in. Normally you can go underneath and see the injured manatees that are being cared for at the hospital which is part of the zoo.. It’s unfortunate that any people visiting the area are not able to see these big guys up close but the zoo really needed to update its water system. And, it unfortunate that soon it will be installed and there will be new injured manatees swimming around there again. You can read about the hospital here.
It was very hot in late July but I stopped by the Lowry Park Zoo early one Saturday morning to see how the wild baby birds were doing.
There were a few late little blue heron babies still on the nest but I didn’t see any baby house sparrows. I saw a few nests tucked away around the gift shop but I didn’t see or hear any babies at that time.
I went back to the zoo in late June to see how the wild baby blue herons were doing. While most of them were almost all grown up, there were a few that had just been born. All of these are young little blue herons, all from a few days old to 6 weeks old. They will turn blue after their first full molt in about a year. The blue herons nest in the bushes over the alligator’s exhibit at the zoo. It’s funny to watch them at that crazy phase. The older ones were just starting to flap their wings.
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.