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Chinese Geese

Chinese Geese

Here are some pictures of various geese I have spotted in the past week here at local lakes.  I enjoy occasionally spotting geese.  We have had a lot of Canada Geese come by the area in recent weeks.  I had missed seeing these birds since I had moved down from Tennessee.

Most geese eat grasses seeds and some types of plants.  Geese basically graze in the grass.  We have a lot of tender green grass around here because it has rained nearly every day in the last few weeks.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the snapshot.  Enjoy!

Chinese Geese

Chinese Geese

Canada Geese

Canada Geese

 

 

 

Egyptian Goose

Egyptian Goose

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

Tri-colored Herons

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There are a few Tri-colored Herons living around the small park lakes in my area now.  I am delighted to see these beautiful medium-sized herons.  These wading birds hunt for aquatic snails, small fish, larger aquatic insects, tadpoles (pollywogs), frogs, and tender smaller turtles.

The Tri-colored Herons live near the water, and enjoy life here in Central Florida, on lakes, and in marshlands.  I took these pictures in Lake County, Florida on July 23, 2015, and again on July 27, 2015.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of that image.  Enjoy!

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This is an Egyptian Goose that I spotted about a week ago, at a small park lake in Lake County, Florida.  These waterfowl are not true geese, but are an old hybrid mixture of Shelduck and Goose.  This species originally came from the Saharan regions in Africa.

There a number of Egyptian Geese out in the wild in Central Florida.   All Egyptian Geese here are  escapees from zoos or private farms, or are birds intentionally let loose for whatever reason (or descend from such).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of each photo of this beautiful bird.  Enjoy!

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I was in the right place at the right time.  The lovely Florida Mottled Ducks and that Tri-colored Heron were the stars of the show last night in the twilight.  I took the pictures at two small lakes across the highway from one another on July 23, 2015 in Lake County, Florida.  The Tri-colored Heron was up on the side of a low arched street bridge over one of  the lakes.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photograph.  Enjoy!

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Waders on Wednesday

American White Ibises

American White Ibises

Great Egret, Snowy Egret and Tri-colored Heron

Great Egret, Snowy Egret and Tri-colored Heron

Tri-color Heron

Tri-color Heron

 

I took a bunch of photographs of various wading birds at two small lakes adjacent to a local highway.  Both are in park, business and residential areas in a planned community here in Florida.  I spotted a trio of a Tri-colored Heron, a Great Egret and a Snowy Egret all perched in the boughs of a very large Cypress Tree on the banks of one of the lakes.

The gaggle of Ibises was attracted by a family out strolling around the park and feeding the birds.  Free food is hard for birds of any kind to resist.  I also saw a few Chinese Geese which look like they escaped from some local farm (or were let go at the lake).  All of these birds were spotted on July 19, 2015.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Anhinga

Anhinga

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

 

American White Ibises

American White Ibises

Great Egret

Great Egret

Chinese White Domestic Geese

Chinese White Domestic Geese

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I happened on this lone Wood Stork hunting for its supper on Sunday, July 19, 2015 in the murky water of a small lake within a park.   By the way, Wood Storks use that big heavy bill to scoop through the shallow water to catch prey.

The place where the Wood Stork was located was at the end of a thin arm of the lake.  The water had a lot of algae in it, and also a small amount of trash blown in from the adjacent highway.  It has been very hot and stormy here in the last week.

I also saw a few ducks, geese, and a Great Egret near the area where the stork was feeding.  I always enjoy seeing the Wood Storks!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of that photograph.  Enjoy!

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Titmice in the Trees

A Tufted Titmouse in the shady Magnolia Tree

A Tufted Titmouse in the shady Magnolia Tree

Here are some of the cute little Tufted Titmice that have decided to make their homes in trees along me street.  Each Titmouse seems so charming that I really love to hear them as well as see them.  They are bright, frisky, wonderful little birds!  I spotted these cuties last month here near my home.

The topknot on that grey head and body seems so formal for such a lively bird.  I often spot Carolina (or their cousins, the Black-Capped) Chickadees nearby when the Titmice arrive.  By the way, I will be offline next week.   I do hope to be back here with more pictures in a week or two as soon as we get our new Internet connection accomplished.  Enjoy!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

 

Hanging Out in the Big Oak

Hanging Out in a Big Oak

Hunting for a Tasty Bite

Hunting for a Tasty Bite

Looking at My Own Reflection!

Looking at My Own Reflection!

 

In the Oak

Up in the Big Front Yard Oak

That one little Carolina Chickadee!

That one little Carolina Chickadee!

Adios!

Adios!

 

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