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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

St. Augustine

We spent March 30th and 31st at Faver-Dykes State Park near St. Augustine, Florida.

We had not really considered visiting a place like the St. Augustine Alligator Farm, but after reading about the wild birds that have been nesting there, we decided to visit.  This turned out to be a wonderful experience.

Baby alligators
These little guys were less than a foot long.

A rare albino American Alligator
(with his turtle pals)

A welcoming smile!

Roseate Spoonbills
We really wanted to get closeup views of these.

The Great Egrets were in full mating plumage.

The Snowy Egrets also

A Great Egret with a nest building stick

A Tricolored Heron in breeding plumage

Some  of the "security force" that attracts the birds to this rookery

One of the other crocodilians on exhibit

St. Augustine is one of the oldest cities in North America.  It was founded in 1565 by Spain as part of the Spanish Empire in the New World.   To defend their interest, the fortress Castillo De San Marcos began construction in 1672.

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