A fellow photographer pointed out this nest where he had seen three Yellow-crowned Night-heron chicks the day before. With the fuzzy head and how he was mostly laying down I’d guess a week or 10 days old.
After a bit the first chick and one nest-mate, rather camouflaged to the right in the twigs, stood up for a look around.
From a different angle a quarter of a way around the tree I spotted one chick. He looked older, but it’s hard to say for sure with the curtain of Spanish Moss.
If you zoom in you’ll see an eye of a second bird to the left of the standing bird, at nest-top level, just before the big clump of Spanish Moss.
This was my first time seeing Roseate Spoonbill chicks and I must say those little spoonbill beaks are quite cute. Those few sticks between me and them were a disappointment, but to be this close to a nest was pretty amazing.
Having a look around.
Testing out the gear.
From the boardwalk, St. Augustine Alligator Farm, FL
April 29, 2021
Tricolored Herons were nesting at St. Augustine Alligator Farm at the end of April. They build their nests all over the boardwalk area and are easily viewed.
This was my first time seeing one with the full breeding head plumage up.
The intense blue on the beak rivals that of a Little Blue Heron.
Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park hosts a wading bird rookery that formed on its own over the Alligator Swamp. Alligators provide protection from tree-climbing predators.