Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens - Jacksonville, Florida
This is the second of nine pages of creatures and plants I viewed at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida, on visits taken between July 2015 and September 2017. Subsequent pages include 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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Wild wood storks began nesting in the trees in the zoo within the last two decades. They'd been there so consistently that the zoo erected a sign for this 'exhibit'. While I'd seen many wood storks in the stormwater runoff areas of Jacksonville, this was the first time I saw nests and chicks. Black-crowned night herons and black vultures are also native to the Jacksonville area and inhabit the exhibits in the park on a drop-in basis.
These trees are near a water area in the 'Plains of East Africa' section of the zoo.
The young birds stand in their nests.
Some are old enough to fly while others are waiting for food from the parents.
This young one with its fuzzy head and neck chose an interesting rest position.
The black bird is a black vulture.
The 'flasher' pose is believed to help kill parasites as it exposes them to the sun's heat.
As this bird matures it will lose all the feathers on its head and the ones on its neck will become white.
This adult has no feathers on its head or neck.
I believe this little cutie is calling for food. It was very vocal!
These still have lots of fuzz on their heads.
This young stork still has its 'baby bonnet'.
This juvenile black-crowned night heron was in a tree'd area of the 'Wild Florida' section of the zoo in 2015.
These juvenile black-crowned night herons were on the back side of an exhibit in the Africa section of the zoo in 2017.
This adult black-crowned night heron was snoozing near the wood storks in the 'Plains of Africa' section of the zoo.
Black-crowned night herons have red eyes.
There are no signs for a black vulture exhibit in the Plains of Africa section of the zoo, but many of these local native birds visit the area.
One black vulture posed for me.
This rock pigeon was on a post near the wood storks.
This molting cardinal was near one of the great ape exibits.
All photos © S. M. Garver