Thursday, March 11, 2010
WOOD STORKS IN TREETOPS, DURING MATING SEASON, AT ST.AUGUATINE'S ALLIGATOR FARM
This is another picture taken at the Alligator Farm, it's a really unique place. It was founded in 1893 and has a great variety of alligators including a few albinos plus birds and reptiles from tropical areas. The newest is a Komoda dragon exhibit. Interestingly, most photographers do not go there for the exhibits. They go instead to photograph the wild birds who fly into and out of the Rookery, a small island in the middle of a small pond. In the water surrounding the island are alligators of every size. This is truly the natural world at its finest. See the alligators stop any critters; rodents, snakes or raccoons from reaching the island where they would prey on the eggs of these beautiful birds. A natural deterent, always the best kind. If you saw these alligators you would think twice about swimming to the island and maybe about changing your lunch plans. The storks are building their nests in the tree tops and going through the courtship season. I have read that these stately birds are endangered so they and we owe the alligators gratitude, as long as we all stay away from the water!