St. Augustine, Florida is on the east coast of Florida between Jacksonville and Daytona Beach.
The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park is an accredited zoo. The rookery within the zoological park is home to wild and unconfined herons, ibis, spoonbills, wood storks and egrets. The birds seek the security of the Alligator Swamp to roost and raise their young. The birds in the rookery are completely wild and are not fed. They are free to come and go as they please. I stood on the rookery grounds and took the photo and was able to catch the mother bird shielding her young chick.