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Wood Storks, White Ibis, Snowy Egrets, and a Common Moorhen were spotted at the Glenview Country Club’s front decorative ponds on Morse Blvd. near El Camino Real, here in The Villages, Florida several days ago.

This pond is a small one and is frequented usually by ducks.  People walk their dogs along the shoreline and often will give the birds a hand-out or two.  At times, other water birds join the fun.  I believe there also are aquatic snails, aquatic insects, small fish, small frogs and occasionally, small turtles in the twin ponds there.  There also is plenty of shade as the trees line one side of the pond.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

 

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Black-bellied Whistling Ducks are sweeties!  Yes, I just love these ducks that have real personality and gorgeous looks.  I spotted a beautiful family of mother father and ducklings at the decorative pond in front of the Glenview Country Club in The Villages, Florida on Monday afternoon.  I also have seen these ducks at the Freedom Point lakes on the Morse Blvd. side near the multi-modal pathway.  By the way, the ducklings now have blue bills and feet which will eventually turn coral pink as they mature.  Both drakes and hens look very similar.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.

White Pelicans and Double-crested Cormorants

Three White Pelicans; a couple of Double-crested Cormorants; an Egyptian Goose; a Boat-tailed Grackle; several hybrid Florida Mottled/Mallard Ducks; and a Great Egret were all spotted this afternoon at the driving range pond on the beautiful Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course here in The Villages, FL.

The trio of White Pelicans have made this pond home all year.  It is pretty unusual here for the pelicans to miss migration back up North but this little group apparently missed the flock or something.

On a side note, the minute we pulled up in our golf cart on the pond-side multi-modal trail, the ducks and goose started coming toward us.  Like the White Ibis bunch at Lake Mira-mar, the golf cart must mean “Food”!  No, so sorry.  I do not feed exotic birds or even the pond ducks and geese here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Egyptian Goose

Hybrid Mottled/Mallard Ducks

Male Boat-tailed Grackle

 

Pelicans and Cormorants

Great Egret

Cormorant with fish meal

 

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron

Great Blue Herons, a Green Heron, Little Blue Heron, a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron, and a Tri-colored Heron are some of the most prominent Herons here in the United States.  I am happy to be able to see many of these birds here in Central Florida fairly often.  The Black-crowned Night Heron was spotted at Lake Apopka, and the others here in The Villages, FL.

These wading birds primarily eat fish, frogs, crayfish, aquatic snails, aquatic insects, salt water crabs, ducklings, bird eggs, and tender small turtles.  All are great at flying.

The herons walk along the shoreline of lakes, ponds, rivers, and even the ocean, and try to spear their prey for a meal.  The birds tend to feed early in the morning and from late afternoon into early evening hours. Herons tend to spend the day by themselves or in small numbers.  They roost in a larger flock in tall trees like Cypress, Pine and Oaks.   I love spending time outside observing the herons!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Great Blue Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Green Heron

 

Great Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!  P.S.  My community is not in the hurricane area so no worries here.  I appreciate your thoughts and prayers for the “Panhandle” of Florida where the big hurricane will come ashore later today – Linda (“Wildlifewatcher”).

 

An Alligator which I am calling the ‘gator “Hacienda Harry”, and a Great Egret were spotted in the Hacienda Golf Course Pond in The Villages, Florida near the multi-modal path that leads to Panama Drive.  I have seen the alligator there in the pond several times and usually on the far end closest to the multi-modal path and the group of trees on the shore.   I saw this alligator lounging on the shoreline this afternoon (no camera) and yes, it is five feet in length.

I also spotted this Great Egret perched on the top of one of the Cypress Trees in the same area.  This bird was particularly hot as it had its bill open to cool itself.  We have a lot of small ponds and small lakes here were water birds and yes, sometimes, alligators may be spotted.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Southern Bald Eagles were spotted on the huge electric tower near Morse Blvd. and Rio Grande here in The Villages, Florida, several days ago on a very cloudy early evening.  I took these pictures from locations on two different residential streets near the tower.  I also have cropped the pictures a lot to best show the birds (I took the pictures from quite a long way off).

This may be the same pair that was nesting on the tower last Spring.  I tend to think so.  Unfortunately for the birds, the nest was somehow destroyed by high winds just after the eaglets fledged last season.  I have not seen a nest appear yet but have seen the birds twice up there on that tower so it is likely that they will rebuild the nest.

I also expect to see a second nest somewhere close by as a back-up nest.  Two nests are the norm for many Bald Eagles.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!  P.S. By the way, I do apologize for taking so long to post as my computer has been in the repair shop getting a new battery.  Wildlifewatcher

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