The snowy egrets were showing off and flirting.
The little blue herons were doing the same thing.
Some of the other birds were also showing off with their breeding faces.
The turtles were watching all of the action.
Even the cormorants were flirting and chasing each other high up in the trees.
Unlikely pair in the same tree, a wood stork and an osprey.
The young wood storks have such an intriguing face.
Young cattle egrets and little blue herons starting to use their wings and learn their way around the mangroves.
Great egrets feeding their young go on for a long time. The baby egrets being fed already look like adults. I’m sure the parents are glad when they become empty nesters.
More shots from the bird rookery in north Tampa this summer.
Wood storks are born looking like old souls. These babies are only a few months old and already look like an old man. I stopped by the bird rookery in north Tampa in mid-April and the little island in the middle of the small lake was full of older babies. Wood storks were the predominant birds with a few great egret and cattle egrets nesting as well.
This rookery is so busy that the families were all on top of each other.
Triplets were posing for me.
Parents were back and forth bringing in food and more padding for the nests.
I think these were the youngest ones there. All still fuzzy and white.
Wood stork babies seem to be more quiet than great egret babies. There wasn’t as much clacking going on.Since the island is in the middle of the lake, these were all taken with my 300mm lens and cropped up.
Linking to Wednesday Around the World.