Brevard Zoo, Take Three

The first thing you notice when you enter the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Fla., is its jungle-like atmosphere. It’s full of trees and vines, and the heat and humidity common to Florida only add to the effect.

I wrote previously about Brevard Zoo’s big cats, and meerkats, but I was fortunate enough to see some interesting birds in and around the foliage, as well.

Some were water birds, like the sandhill cranes, and the roseate spoonbills.

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Roseate spoonbills look like a cross between a pelican and a flamingo.

Other large birds, like these eagles, and the vultures, prefer to hunt from the sky.

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Eagle and immature eagle. Did not manage to see the other parent.
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This king vulture, on the right, struck a pose while trying to keep cool.

You can pay extra to feed the smaller birds, or walk through the aviary to see what other birds you can find.

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