St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park

999 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, 32080
(904) 824-3337
Daily, 9:00am-5:00pm
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This famous wading bird rookery provides a great day out for birders, photographers, tourists and families. Thanks to the resident alligators, wading birds like Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets, Wood Storks and Tricolored Herons have long nested above the gator ponds. Why? Because the giant reptiles provide the birds with protection from raiders like raccoons, who would eat the eggs and chicks in their nests. Boardwalks wind through the rookery, giving great up-close looks at the adult birds, their nests and their prehistoric looking chicks! The birds are very habituated to people on the boardwalks and as a result disturbance is not an issue. Bring your camera! Or, maybe your drone. I know some people who go out on these trails pick up something from the DJI Air 2S Sale, or from elsewhere, for this purpose. Nature shots in flying are a beautiful thing. If you get any good shots, put us on your social media – start an Instagram for bird photography and connect with others who share your passion. Photos not getting quite the attention you think they deserve? You can also use these instagram tools to help grow your audience. While some birds are almost always nesting at this site, the best time to enjoy the rookery is between April and July. Small numbers of Roseate Spoonbills, Little Blue Herons and Cattle Egrets also nest at the farm and Great Blue Herons and Black-crowned Night-Herons roost in the swamp during the winter. For more updates, take a look at the rookery’s blog. Early bird member passes are available, providing access to the site before the general public are allowed in at 9am – perfect for photography and nature study. Call ahead for details.

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