Each year, they come by the hundreds, cameras and long lenses in tow, to shoot some of the best photos of birds in the wild that can be found on the East Coast of the U.S. "I'm here all the way from Canada just because of its [the rookery's] reputation," said Bruce Hudson, who was taking advantage of the Alligator Farm's two-day photographer's pass (there's a yearly option, as well). The Rookery Blog includes status updates and natural history information about the native bird rookery at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. Don’t miss the chance to have your work judged by a professional nature photographer, and to snap the photo of a lifetime at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm! St. Augustine, FL 32080, 999 Anastasia Blvd. Some of the images photographers have captured — of birds in full breeding plumage, downy babies popping their heads out of nests and birds in full wingspan — have been featured in National Geographic, Audubon and the National Wildlife Federation. 2 Helpful votes. * We will be providing water and snacks in the vehicle. St. Augustine Alligator Farm * Each student is responsible for his or her own transportation, meals and lodging. St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park - Alligator Attractions and Exhibits, Zoo, Zip Lining, Bird Rookery and Nature and Wildlife Exhibits "It's a case of, if you build it they will come.". 3,814 Reviews #7 of 155 things to do in St. Augustine. St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park - Alligator Attractions and Exhibits, Zoo, Zip Lining, Bird Rookery and Nature and Wildlife Exhibits * We will carpool as much as possible from our hotel to the shooting locations. "I don't know that I'll even need my 600," Hudson said. 999 Anastasia Blvd. All rights reserved. Friendly, clean, beautifully maintained and for photography a great wooden walkway and overlook. In return, sometimes the gators get an unexpected "snack" in the form of chicks that occasionally fall from their tree posts. Roseate spoonbills, wood storks, great egrets, snowy egrets, and several heron species swoop in each year to raise their young in the trees within our two-acre Native Swamp and Rookery exhibit. Each August, 10 winners are chosen, including a "best in show" prize. c/o Molly Ebersold MARCH 3 – JULY 15 ... (AROUND 8:00AM) YOU MUST HAVE A VALID PHOTO PASS WITH ID. From March to peak time in May or June, the nests begin to appear, the eggs rupture and chicks take root in the canopy of live oaks, bald cypress and cabbage palms. Visit from March through June to see the most nesting activity with the birds in full breeding plumage. IF YOU HAVE NOT YET PURCHASED A PASS, YOU MAY ENTER EARLY BY GIVING A CREDIT CARD AND DRIVERS LICENSE TO THE ALLIGATOR FARM EMPLOYEE. The St. Augustine Record ~ One News Place, St. Augustine, FL 32086 ~ Do Not Sell My Personal Information ~ Cookie Policy ~ Do Not Sell My Personal Information ~ Privacy Policy ~ Terms Of Service ~ Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy, Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. "This is one of the busiest times for us, with peak season for the rookery around May," said Gen Anderson, general curator for the Alligator Farm. The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park’s Wild Bird Rookery presents a unique opportunity for photographers to capture intimate images of nesting Florida wading birds. Photographers achieve award-winning shots here every year. Early Entry Rules for Photographers. alcors11 wrote a review Oct 2020. Thursday, he was scoping out the park for the first time to see what he might be able to capture with a lens that goes from 100 mm to 400 mm. It's a unique opportunity for amateur and professional photographers to snap intimate images of nesting adults and their baby chicks in their natural wetlands setting. The wooden walkway through this natural wetlands exhibit provides up-close viewing of the undisturbed birds. Helpful. Share. The Alligator Farm has also hosted its own photo contest for more than 25 years. Our Annual Photo Contest awards the top images taken in the rookery and of our exotic animals found throughout the zoo.