Unlike other members of my family, I am not a birder. I don’t keep lists of birds I have seen and I am woefully ignorant of most species … but I love egrets and herons. Fred and I took an early morning drive to the Venice Audubon Center to look at and photograph some of the birds of this region. The rookery consists primarily of a mud island with some scrub trees in the middle of a medium sized pond. At first glance, not much to look at, but I was amazed at the abundance and variety of birds nesting there. These two caught my eye.