Sunday, January 13, 2013

A Visit to the Venice Rookery

This time of year the birds are already in baby mode here in southwest Florida.  At the Venice Rookery, there are mating birds, nesting birds and babies everywhere.

Venice Rookery is an Audobon property in Venice, Florida.  The property has a pond with a small island in the middle of it.  The island is made up of native Florida trees and is home to numerous species of wading birds, including Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Cattle Egrets, Anhinga, mud hens, Green Herons, Black-crowned Night Herons etc.

The birds know they're safe from land predators such as raccoons and opossum because the waters around the island are patrolled by alligators.  Here are some photos from today.

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