1. Toucan- these guys are gorgeous and curious.
2. Albino alligator- few survive in nature because they have no camoflage and are easily spotted and eaten while young. Here they breed them.
3. Common American alligator- there are over 700 here.
4. Feeding Old Hunter- all the gators here have names and the are trained to react to their name with food.
5. Giant tortoise.
6. MAXIMO- a giant South American crocodile that is a major attraction. A TV news crew was filming him today.
7. Zip line obstacle course- you can pay to zip through the park over the exhibits.
8. Roseate spoonbills- a rare pair building a nest and fighting over where a stick should be placed. James Audubon used one as the subject of his first major painting.
9. Storks courting.
10. Snowy egret displaying for his mate.
11. Tortoises love getting their neck scratched.
After the Alligator Farm we crossed the highway and visited the St. Augustine Lighthouse on Anastasia Island. I climbed all the way to the top. 219 steps and the wind on top was howling. Here are pictures. Some were taken from the top and the one looking down should reveal who would not join me in the climb.
Tomorrow we have one more day of touring and will still have only covered a small portion of this interesting city.
Correction: yesterday I misspelled coquina which is the coral rock they used for building so much of this city. I called it cocina which may be Spanish for kitchen or something.