The Venice Area Audubon Rookery is located in Venice, Florida, 60 miles north of Fort Myers and 22 miles south of Sarasota. Beautiful birds and their fascinating behavior can be observed here during the nesting months of December through May. Courting rituals, nest building, incubating eggs and raising of the young is typically witnessed throughout the daytime hours.
The rookery is on a small, unobtrusive island situated in the middle of a deep, modest pond. The water forms a barrier from predators, thus the island is a safe haven for birds to nest and tend to their young.
This past March, I was very fortunate to stop by the rookery. Black-crown Night Herons, Anhingas, Great Egrets, Little Blue Herons, Great Blue Herons and Glossy Ibis were among the birds seen at the rookery the day I visited. Though small, this sanctuary is a magical place to observe some exquisite birds.
A stunning Great Egret in full breeding plumage
A beautiful Great Egret family
Young downy Great Egrets
Testing out those wings
A good attempt at wing flapping
A male Anhinga fans his striking tail feathers
A female Anhinga watches over her gangly, fluffy young
Three long-necked, hungry youngsters beg for food
Diving for a meal from the female parent
"Hey Dad, I found the car keys!" ~ Feeding from the male Anhinga
A Great Blue Heron couple build a platform nest together
Two demanding juvenile Great Blue Herons implore the parent for a bite to eat
Stunning sights at the Venice Rookery ~ Great Egret
Posted by Julie Gidwitz
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