St. Augustine Alligator Park Wading Bird Rookery

Chris

"Native herons, egrets, spoonbills, and wood storks seek the security of our Alligator Swamp to roost and raise their young. With hundreds of alligators swimming beneath the oak branches, the birds know their young are safe from tree-climbing predators. Our wooden walkway allows for incredibly intimate views of Florida’s magnificent wading birds on their nests. Photographers achieve award-winning shots here every year. Visit from March through June to see the most nesting activity with the birds in full breeding plumage."

This was a huge surprise because we just stopped in to kill some time as we were heading back to our hotel. It was early enough to check out another touristy spot and figured we's see a bunch of gators and not much else. I couldn't have been more wrong and realized it when entering the rookery section. We saw the "St. Augustine Alligator Park" sign but didn't see any reference of the "Wading Bird Rookery" section. The first think I noticed walking in were the number of folks with long lenses and tripods which struck me as strange for getting alligator photos. Then I saw the birds everywhere I looked, again it was breeding season and plumage displays were plentiful and nothing short of stunning. This served as another reminder to myself that I should expect the unexpected when visiting sites for the first time.

999 Anastasia Blvd. St. Augustine, FL 32080

Website - https://www.alligatorfarm.com/wading-bird/

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