St Augustine Alligator Farm
The beautiful courtship display of the Great Egret.
We visited the St Augustine Alligator Farm which is one of the oldest zoos in America, having been founded in 1893. This is a fun little attraction at any time, but in the spring it becomes spectacular when the rookery comes alive with thousands of mating birds. Native herons, egrets, ibis, spoonbills and woodstorks seek the security of the alligator swamp to roost and raise their young because the alligators swimming below keep the tree climbing predators at bay.
Courtship display of male Great Egret with female on nest lying just below him.
The Woodstorks were just starting their nest-building.
The males do a beautiful dance to attract their mates.
The dance was a success! Suddenly the female arrived join him after a beautiful performance.
Some early chicks on the nest.
The Roseate Spoonbills are preparing a nest.
An early chick for these spoonbills, most of them were still building nests.
Preening to attract a mate.
The lace-like breeding plumage of the Great Egret.
Even the alligators put on a show. Lots of posturing and guttural bellows that made the water vibrate. Very cool.
Some beautiful lemurs soaking up the sun and feeling the mood!
He looks a little lonely. Maybe he’s looking for the penguins!
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