A gallery of the residents of a Florida wading bird rookery, featuring babies of all ages, and the adults that support them, including snowy egrets with their gaudy displays; colorful roseate spoonbills; tri-colored herons; wood storks and great egrets. There are also a few alligators. Why? Wading birds nest in gator-filled swamps, because the gators protect the nests from marauding raccoons. The gators do occasionally catch a baby bird that has fallen from the nest, as you will see in the last photo.