The Birds of St. Augustine Alligator Farm

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In honor of Earth Day, I thought we could all take a break from reading and working and enjoy a little bit of nature. We loved discovering the birds of St. Augustine Alligator Farm.

Last year, we visited St. Augustine, FL with our kids and during our stay were invited to enjoy the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. Y’all, it was one of the highlights of our trip!

We honestly had no idea we would see such a variety of wildlife and with my zoom lens in hand, I was thrilled to see the incredible birds who call this farm home. 

Black tip flying bird

The Birds of St. Augustine Alligator Farm

Some birds live in enclosed habitats while others are completely free to come and go. 

I wish I could label all these for you, but I’m still working on that. In the meantime, sit back, relax and enjoy some Earth Day wildlife!

St. Aug McCaw St. Aug Toucan St. Aug Blue Macaw

I love colorful birds so these Macaws and Toucan were some of my favorites.

I also love this guy but I’m not sure what he is. Anyone know? 

Colorful bird

giant bird

St. Augustine Alligator Farm Bird

Wading Bird Rookery

Walking around the exhibits was cool, but my favorite spot by far was the Wading Bird Rookery

First of all, you should know that as you take a lap on the boardwalk, you will be just a few feet above hundreds of alligators waiting for lunch. 

The Rookery is where the alligator feedings take place and it can get pretty busy as folks file in to wait for the show. 


But all you have to do to escape is look up to see another whole zoo in the trees! 

If you aren’t interested in watching a feeding, avoid these showtimes during your walk in this part of the park. 

There are egrets, spoonbills, wood storks and herons who all call this area home and it was so fun trying to get a few good photos as we walked through. 

resting egret

Rookery pink birds egrets in tree egret landing bird on a branch

white bird in palm

pink bird flying

Spoonbill in tree


The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zooilogical Park is currently closed to visitors and will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. 

I know it may be a while before we are all traveling again, so I hope these photos gave you a little bit of peace today. I look forward to the next time we can visit St. Augustine! 

Have you been looking back at old travel photos during this stay-at-home season? 

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About Andrea Updyke

Andrea Updyke is a married mom of two boys living in Raleigh, NC. She is a published author and blogger of more than 18 years and loves to celebrate the little things that make life awesome.

Whether she's sharing tasty recipes, traveling or hanging with the family, Andrea's goal is to help make your days a little easier and a lot more fun! Email inquiries to

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