Snowy Egret – Alligator Farm; Saint Augustine, Florida: The heron rookery at the Saint Augustine Alligator Farm is well known to bird photographers. It is a natural heronry at one of Florida’s most popular tourist attractions that rest above a lake that is filled with a hundred bull gators. Herons and egrets naturally nest above gator holes as the gators protect the birds' eggs from marauding raccoons, opossums and bobcats. This Snowy, one of a pair nesting in the rookery displays to its mate during nest building activities.
Nikon D7000, Nikkor 300mm 2.8VR, Digital Capture ISO 400, 1/1,600 sec. @ f5.6