www.photomacrography.net :: View topic - St. Augustine, Florida ... gators and birds
www.photomacrography.net Forum Index
An online community dedicated to the practices of photomacrography, close-up and macro photography, and photomicrography.
Photomacrography Front Page Amateurmicrography Front Page
Old Forums/Galleries
 
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 
St. Augustine, Florida ... gators and birds

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    www.photomacrography.net Forum Index -> Favorite Locations
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Charles Krebs



Joined: 01 Aug 2006
Posts: 5762
Location: Issaquah, WA USA

PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 5:44 pm    Post subject: St. Augustine, Florida ... gators and birds Reply with quote

In St. Augustine Florida is the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park. Quite a place if you like crocodilians, as all 23 species of the worlds’ crocodilians are exhibited in individual habitats. I went down last week in search of birds. There is a section of the park that contains a rookery of wild birds. The birds like the area, and nest there year after year because the water beneath the nesting trees and vegetation is full of alligators. This means their eggs and young are safe from predators like raccoons approaching from the ground (but it's bad news for any chicks that fall out of the nest Shocked)

(Took a break from my ongoing "moving " saga. Look's like it will be at least a couple months before I get the macro and micro stuff set up in a new location. Thought I would post a few of these shots here as this is a great place to visit in early May.)


American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis). This time of year is mating season and this big bull is "bellowing" to attrack the girls and warn away other males.


Wood Stork (Mycteria americana). Flying in with a new stick for the nest. Good sticks are highly sought after in a rookery, and are often the source of contentiousness between neighbors.


Great Egret (Ardea alba). Also coming in for a landing. It will be feeding the young with small fish that will be regurgitated.


Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor). Very beautiful bird. A portrait as it sits near the nest waiting while it's partner sits on eggs.

_________________
http://www.krebsmicro.com
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Mike B in OKlahoma



Joined: 04 Aug 2006
Posts: 1048
Location: Oklahoma City

PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good for you, Charles! This is a place I've heard of, and always wanted to go to, but have never visited. I'd love to see the crocodilians, and of course the birds. You have some excellent work here of stuff you can see without a magnifying glass!
_________________
Mike Broderick
Oklahoma City, OK, USA

Constructive critiques of my pictures, and reposts in this forum for purposes of critique are welcome

"I must obey the inscrutable exhortations of my soul....My mandate includes weird bugs."
--Calvin
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Planapo



Joined: 07 Nov 2006
Posts: 1533
Location: Germany, in the United States of Europe

PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2009 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This gator looks great, so slick, like being lacquered. And there's a great amount of fine and sharp detail recorded in the feathers and face of the stork, although he must have been moving quite quickly.

I googled this gator farm and corcodile zoo, definitely a place worth visiting. And I've already learned something new from the information they have on their website: I did not know that there are crocodiles (s. str.) in the Americas, had always thought t'was just gators and caimans, but now I know there are quite large American crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus), with a range reaching up to the Southern tip of Florida. Shocked http://www.alligatorfarm.us/species_list.html

--Betty
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    www.photomacrography.net Forum Index -> Favorite Locations All times are GMT - 7 Hours
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group