wading bird rookery
Native herons, egrets, spoonbills, and wood storks seek the security of our Alligator Swamp to roost and raise their young. With hundreds of alligators swimming beneath the oak branches, the birds know their young are safe from tree-climbing predators. Our wooden walkway allows for incredibly intimate views of Florida’s magnificent wading birds on their nests. Photographers achieve award-winning shots here every year. Visit from March through June to see the most nesting activity with the birds in full breeding plumage.
The Rookery Blog includes status updates and natural history information about the native bird rookery at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. The natural alligator swamp area of the park attracts hundreds of pairs of wading birds that nest literally feet away from the boardwalk. This blog contains a plethora of nesting activity data so photographers and bird watchers can best plan their visit.
Regularly recorded rookery updates are also available at (904) 824-3337 option 9
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the 2020 Photo Contest has been cancelled.
The Wading Bird Rookery is a popular location for both amateur and professional photographers. Click here to learn more about our popular Photo Contest and to see gorgeous winning photographs!