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.
[One skinny neck with a bulbous head sticks its little beak in the air above a nest of sticks as a female anhinga looks down at it. The baby is all tan except for the dark eye and bill. The mother has a tan upper torso, neck, and head, and a black body. Her pointed bill is yellow.]

The older chicks in this nest are turned toward the adult male on the branch to the right in anticipation of a meal.
[At least three dark beaks on light-tan bodies in a nest of sticks are pointed to the right. Approximately six feet away and about two foot above the level of the nest is an adult male anhingha facing away from the camera. The adult has mostly black feathers except for tan on the tip of its tail and some white stripes on its wings which it has partially extended. This is a heavily treed area so the entire background is green with leaves.]

A closer view of the older chicks. Anhinga chicks fledge approximately six weeks after they hatch, so they grow quickly.
[The head and beak of one chick is visible above a mass of tan down. It appears this chick may be holding out its wings, but the three chicks are so close together it is hard to tell.]

This juvenile tricolored heron was atop a tree.
[This heron with its long pointed beak faces the left. Its lower body and legs are covered by the tree greenery. Its white belly is visible. Its feathers are still mostly brown although some along the edges have begun turning blue-grey.]

The bird on the far left is an adult tricolored heron while the other four still have their rusty-maroon juvenile feathers.
[Against a background completely full of leaves, five herons stand on branches sticking out over the water (below the image). The heron on the far left with its wings stretched above its body is grey-blue with a white body and underwings and a white tuft on its head. Two of the other four birds have their wings stretched upward showing patches of maroon in with the grey both on the wings and on their necks. One bird with its bill open has a tuft of maroon feathers on its head. The fourth bird stands with its body facing the camera exposing the maroon stripe down the white underside of its neck.]

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.
[The all-white heron with skinny yellow legs is perched on a tree branch devoid of greenery. Some small feathers are visible sticking out from the top of its head.]

Here's one going airborne.
[Four all-white herons are perched atop an evergreen tree. One bird has its wings and head completely outstretched as it just departed the branch .]

The adult little blue heron is in the upper right looking down at the chicks in the nests.
[A dark blue-grey bird with a blue beak that has a black tip is perched in a tree above the nest looking down at it. The nest in the middle of the image has three chicks standing in it and one has its wings spread completely, but it doesn't look like the wings are full enough of feathers. Another nest on the left of the image has two chicks in it, one sitting and one standing.]

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.
[The adult little blue heron stands in the middle nest with several all-white chicks resting in the nest. A nest on the right has one white fluffball looking at the middle nest. The tricolored heron is perched on a branch just behind all the nests. A nest on the left has several white chicks standing in it.]

This nest looks a little small for the bird, but maybe it's in 'time-out'.
[One all-white heron with a yellow section between its eye and its black bill is hunched in a twiggy nest which seems to barely fit the bird.]

This nest was tucked in the trees. These chicks are much younger than the others.
[Three all-white birds with fuzzy heads and bodies sit together in one nest. Two face to the left while the other faces to the right. Their bills are a light tan. Their eyes are dark. The trees in the foreground partially cover the view of the birds.]

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