White Birds, St. Augustine FL

I’ve posted photos before from the Alligator Zoo/Farm at St. Augustine. Maybe, ahem, more than twice (here, here, here, and here). So far.

This year I bought a photographer’s pass, giving me access an hour before the general public in the morning, and for a few hours after the park closes in the late afternoon. Because you need that extra time to get enough photos.

Don’t be put off by the bass booming of the alligators as they wake up: It’s an extraordinary natural rookery, offering safe roosts and nesting areas to many bird species. This week, the white birds: egrets (cattle and great) and wood storks, although, I admit, mostly the great egrets.

3-photo collage of the usual suspects in Florida's white birds

Cattle egret, great egret, wood stork

4-photo collage of great egrets in the air or alighting in trees

Beautiful in flight and alight(ed)

4-photo collage of great egrets returning to the nest

Bringing home the bacon, er, branch


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8 Responses to White Birds, St. Augustine FL

  1. FAN-tastic! No wonder angels are depicted with wings. These creatures look like messengers. Perhaps angels arrive with bird-like eyes, too, which would explain the admonition to “fear not.” However, the many-eyed angels of Ezekiel remind me more of peacock’s tail fans. These lovely photos provide a study in iconography. I wonder if anyone has looked at the specific species of birds that figure in angel art? You surely have the material to make such a study.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Laurna – From my FB post, some kind of cousin wondered about the ethereal feathers and looked into it. Turns out they’re breeding plumage. Not sure how that affects the angelic link . . .

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  3. My, what a steady hand you have! Gorgeously sharp!

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Barbara – Thanks again. Getting better. And it helps to have lots of light so I can reduce the shutter speed.

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