2023—Punk Rookery

The Venice Audubon Rookery Park in Sarasota County, Florida is a small oasis for birds in the midst of urban development. A rookery island in the middle of a manmade lake is the main feature of this tiny park where Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Anhingas, Snowy Egrets, Cattle Egrets, Glossy Ibises, Green Herons, Tricolored Herons, and Black-crowned Night-Herons roost, nest, and raise their young. It is nesting season and we watched dozens of birds from many of those species displaying, courting, building nests, and well, just hanging out. This Snowy Egret was perched atop a clump of twigs while the morning breeze rustled its long breeding plumage, giving it a punk rock look. Perhaps it’s a Punk Rookery.

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