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Wishing all a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Here are some photographs I took weeks ago of whistlers that I hope you will like.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger photo.  Enjoy!




Snowy Egrets


Snowy Egrets are shorter than the Great Egrets.  The Snowy Egrets have a black bill, blackish green legs and mustard yellow ankles and feet.  The Snowy Egrets have billowy white feathers during their courtship and breeding season.

The Snowy Egrets are very beautiful big wading birds!  These birds eat fish, Crayfish, small turtles, frogs, aquatic snails, ducklings, duck eggs, and larger aquatic insects.  On occasion, the Snowy Egrets will eat small shoreline animals such as mice, lizards, snakes and land insects.  In one of the pictures I am showing today, the Snowy Egrets were with a Great Egret and some Common Cormorants, and in another shot, the Snowy is beside the Great Egret.  I took these pictures at dusk last Friday, November 20, 2015 at local Lake County Florida park lake.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the very slightly larger image.  Enjoy!DSC_8586


Great Egrets


Great Egrets are wonderful big white wading birds.  These regal-looking birds live and hunt around bodies of water such as ponds, lakes, marshes, and rivers.  They hunt for fish, frogs, tadpoles, crayfish, turtles, aquatic snails, ducklings, duck and goose eggs and sometimes land-based animals such as mice, lizards, and the occasional small snake.

We have Great Egrets here in my area as I live close to several small lakes and ponds.  I often see the Great Egrets with the American White Ibises or sometimes with their smaller cousins, the Snowy Egrets.  I took these pictures in Lake and Sumter Counties, Florida in the last couple of weeks.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!






Plenty of Ducks!

Black-bellied Whistlers

Black-bellied Whistlers

Whistlers (Black-bellied Whistling Ducks), Mallards, Hooded Mergansers, Florida Mottled Ducks, and yes, a lone Lesser Scaup duck, were all spotted this past week here in ponds and lakes in my area.  I am seeing more and more small flocks of migrating ducks around lately.

I have been told that more will be arriving including my very favorite, the Buffleheads!  I sure will be happy if I get to see some of those around the area’s small lakes and ponds!  I usually go out bird watching with the camera at about dusk as that is when I have more free time.  I hope you enjoy seeing these beautiful ducks as much as I do.   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger image.  Enjoy!

A Whistler

A Whistler

Black Bellied Whistling Ducks

Black Bellied Whistling Ducks

A Bunch of Ducks (Whistlers, Mottled, and Mallards with Geese and Cormorants and an Egret)

Whistlers, Mottled Ducks, Mallard Ducks, with Common Cormorants and an American White Ibis


A Lesser Scaup Duck

A Lesser Scaup Duck

A flock of Hooded Merganser Ducks

A flock of Hooded Merganser Ducks

A drake Mallard Duck

A drake Mallard Duck

Great Blue Herons


Great Blue Herons are pretty commonly seen in my area of Central Florida around ponds, lakes, canals, and marshes.  I live in Lake County, Florida near many small lakes and ponds.  It took me aback at first to see wading birds up near neighborhoods, and shopping areas here.  I snapped one of these pictures at a small pond adjacent to a restaurant parking area on Highway 466 near The Villages, (In the area of Walmart) and took the rest of the photographs last evening at Lake Paradise, a small neighborhood park lake in The Villages.

The Great Blue Heron is a large wading bird that mostly eats fish, frogs, small turtles, rodents, ducklings, duck and goose eggs, and larger insects.  It wades in the shallow water or strolls along lawns to hunt.  I have often seen the Great Blue Herons just perched on small fishing docks resting.  The Great Blue Herons mostly roost in large stick nests in huge evergreen trees. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger photo.  Enjoy!  P.S. More and different ducks are arriving here.  I recently saw a flock of Hooded Mergansers here on my neighborhood lake, and also a Lesser Scaup.  Pictures will be posted soon. Wildlifewatcher


The Blue-grey Gnatcatcher


This tiny cutie is a Blue-grey Gnatcatcher.  The Gnatcatchers are lovely useful migratory visitors here in my area of Central Florida.  These light grey birds flit around my Live Oak Trees trying to catch a Mosquito, “No-see-um”, or other small flying insects.

The Blue-grey Gnatcatcher is just about the same size as a Carolina Wren, or a Black-capped Chickadee.   I am very happy to have these little birds here!   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the very slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!



Here are a few more photographs of the Wood Storks that were visiting my area last Summer.  I took these pictures at a little park lake near Spanish Springs Square, in The Villages, Florida.  I just love seeing Wood Storks!

I am not seeing many of these unusual big wading birds around these days as most of the Wood Storks have left for other places.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!





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