Author: Gen Anderson

The St. Augustine Alligator Farm is pleased to announce this year's photo contest judge selection. Though recent judges have been a single judge with a nature photography background, 2014 will be a team effort by renowned herpetologists Dick and Patti Bartlett! All photos below by...

Beginning in 2010, the zoo was finally graced with nesting Roseate spoonbills (Platalea ajaja). This hot pink bird with an unusual spoon-shaped bill provided a dynamic contrast in the rookery against the mostly white backdrop of Great egrets, Snowy egrets, and Wood storks.  Staff was...

Photo by William Pearce After the banner rookery seasons of 2011 and 2012, with 818 and 704 nests respectfully, this year seemed so mellow and quiet.  With a maximum of 463 nests counted, the 2013 rookery season still exceeded the rookery's 400 nest average. MAX ADULT MAX NEST MAX CHICK Cattle egret 74 60 128 Great...

Congratulations to all the winners of our 20th Annual Photo Contest!  With over 560 images submitted, Maxis Gamez, this year's judge, had a daunting selection process ahead of him. This year's spectacular winning photographs will be on display at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm as well as here on our Rookery Blog. BEST...

  Photo by Robert O'Toole   The rookery is gearing up for chaos as we move into April! Roseate spoonbills began nesting early this year. Three nests have already fledged out and 4 more pairs are either incubating or have recently hatched chicks. The spoonbills are following the staggered nesting pattern of previous years. The...

Photo by Maxis Gamez The St. Augustine Alligator Farm is pleased to announce Maxis Gamez as our judge for the zoo's 20th Annual Photo Contest! Maxis Gamez is a self-taught professional nature photographer residing in Sarasota, Florida. He started photography as a hobby, but has now decided...

Photo by Ardith Bondi   The St. Augustine Alligator Farm is a proud participant of the Wood Stork Monitoring and Research Working Group.  This is directly from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Virtual News Room:   Wood storks in the Southeastern United States no longer face imminent danger...

Photo by Jill Carney This year's rookery season started out strong after a mild winter.  The Great egrets, always the first to arrive, made their initial appearance almost two weeks early. The season was off to a good start and the possibility of our biggest rookery season yet seemed probable....

Congratulations to all the winners of our 19th Annual Photo Contest!  With nearly 350 photos submitted, David Moynahan, this year's judge, faced quite a challenge during the selection process.  So much so that he selected eleven winners instead of ten!  This year's winning photographs are better than ever and...