Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens - Jacksonville, Florida
These nine pages contain creatures and plants I viewed at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida, on visits taken between July 2015 and September 2017. The pages include wild birds in the areas around the parking lots (on this page), wild birds on the zoo grounds, creatures native to Africa and Australia, primates and big cats, reptiles and amphibians, River Valley Aviary birds, Emerald Forest Aviary birds, other bird exhibits, and plants, butterflies and insects.
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The zoo web site indicated there were bird watching opportunities in ponds around the parking lots. Nearly all the photos on this page were taken at the pond near the handicapped parking area which contained more baby birds than I thought possible to see at one time.
In June 2016 I saw baby anhingas for the first time. This nest has one youngster in it.
The older chicks in this nest are turned toward the adult male on the branch to the right in anticipation of a meal.
A closer view of the older chicks. Anhinga chicks fledge approximately six weeks after they hatch, so they grow quickly.
This juvenile tricolored heron was atop a tree.
The bird on the far left is an adult tricolored heron while the other four still have their rusty-maroon juvenile feathers.
This young little blue heron was perched above one of the ponds.
There were probably at least 50 of these young birds in the trees surrounding this pond.
Here's one going airborne.
The adult little blue heron is in the upper right looking down at the chicks in the nests.
The nests in the middle is the same as the one in the prior photo.
The larger bird with the white belly to the left of the adult little blue heron is a juvenile tricolored heron.
This nest looks a little small for the bird, but maybe it's in 'time-out'.
This nest was tucked in the trees. These chicks are much younger than the others.
All photos © S. M. Garver