For several years now, I have wanted to go to the Alligator Farm and Zoological Park in St Augustine. The club went there a few times but I was always out of the state when they did. Maureen’s sister came for a visit from Maine in mid-May. She is an outdoorsy type of person so we spent a good bit of time at the beach and wildlife refuge. She wanted to visit the fort at St Augustine and that provided my opportunity to visit the Alligator Farm.

Everything I had heard about it was true, beyond imagination. In mid-May the wading birds are nesting and caring for eggs and chicks. The fact that they are close enough to get good pictures with a 70-200mm zoom lens makes it even better. I am not a “real” photographer, but the pics in the attached slideshow document why you would want to go there.

In addition to this spring spectacular, there are certainly the many gators waiting for chicks to fall from their nest, and of course, the obligatory feeding ritual at about 4:00 p.m. daily.

Clicking on the picture below will take you to a 25 image javascript slideshow of my pictures from the day.

The zoo also features other exotic birds, crocodiles, Galapagos Turtles, etc. Their website is at http://www.alligatorfarm.us/ .

Snowy Egret at nest