St. Augustine... OH MY!
Some of the Great & Snowy Egrets were tending eggs, as were a few Tricolored Herons. At least one Great Egret had chicks already. Green Herons nested in a tree closer to the visitor's center and preferred a less gregarious existence.
Great Egrets show long plumes and "avacado" green facial skin when breeding
Cattle Egrets were just beginning their breeding activities while Little Blue Herons stayed more out of sight (comparatively).
Cattle Egret shows bright red bill and orange plumes
I loved seeing the "candy corn" beaks on the really bright Cattle Egrets!
Spoonbills do not nest here but will roost on occasion as will Reddish Egrets as I understand. The boardwalk was full of photographers and I as usual had my digiscoping setup with the advantage of big magnification (capable of up to 2,500 mm lens equivalent). However, unlike typical wildlife experiences there were plenty of closer subjects here. Some were far too close for me to focus on. The closest nests were easily viewed with the naked eye, and most of the photogs used smaller lenses to focus on these (pun intended)!
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