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Some Avian Villagers

Drake Hooded Merganser Duck

Tai-Colored Herons, Wood Storks, Hooded Merganser Ducks, Sandhill Cranes, White Ibis, Double-Crested Cormorants, Anhingas, and many more large exotic birds are seen here in The Villages, Florida on and in our many ponds and small lakes.  It also is not unusual to see a Great Egret strolling through the shrubbery on street parkways.

There are always many varieties of large and small birds around this community and its many neighborhoods to observe!  It is such a pleasant hobby to go out bird watching!  I am sure many of the readers here will agree!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo!  Enjoy!

Wood Stork

Double-Crested Cormorants

White Ibis

 

 

Sandhill Crane

Tri-Colored Heron

Anhinga Drying its Wings

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Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Great Blue Heron

The Great Blue Heron is the most commonly seen of the herons here in The Villages, Florida.  I also frequently can spot Little Blue Herons and occasionally see the gorgeous medium-sized Trim-colored Heron.  I very rarely see a Green Heron, and have not seen any Black or Yellow Crowned Night Herons here in this community.

The herons all fish for fish, frogs, baby alligators, aquatic snails, crayfish, and occasionally larger aquatic insects, snails, and worms.  These are wading birds that are primarily found on the immediate shoreline of ponds, streams, lakes and in the shallows of both fresh and salt water marshes.

All of these herons are great at flight and some flocks do migrate.  One generally only sees a single bird or just a small number of these herons in one spot unless the flock is  gathering for a migration or is resting during travels.  Our bird population swells in the Winter months here in Florida.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Little Blue Heron

Tri-Colored Heron

Little Blue Heron

 

 

 

Tri-Colored Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

A Great Egret hunting in the bushes along the multi-modal cart path,  for snakes lizards and mice; and a Sandhill Crane browsing on the grass at the side of the multi-modal golf cart path here in The Villages.

The egret was near the Hacienda Golf Course and the crane was near CR466 and Morse Blvd.  It is pretty unusual to see the Sandhill Cranes so close to the paths and people!  I took these pictures on Tuesday Jan. 6, 2019.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Southern Bald Eagle and its eaglet baby were spotted in their nest high on an electric high tension line tower on the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course here in The Villages, Florida.  This nest is on the multi-modal path that runs up the middle of the courses.

It is the first time I have spotted an eaglet with the parent eagle.  It was a very tender scene as the eaglet seems pretty young.  The other parent eagle was likely out hunting for food such as fish, coots, or small rodents like rats or squirrels.  There seems to be a lot of opportunities for finding food here in our area with the many lakes, ponds, and open spaces.

I was so happy to have seen the eagles yesterday when these pictures were taken!  Please click on the thumbnail images to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets are commonly seen here in The Villages, Florida, on our many ponds and lakes and in the freshwater marsh prairies.

In addition to being on the shoreline of the ponds and lakes, the Great Egret often can be spotted meandering through the bushes and landscaped medians along the major streets.  The Great Egret likes to hunt for lizards, snakes and mice along with its usual diet of fish and frogs.

The much smaller Snowy Egret is usually only seen wading along shoreline areas fishing for the same fish, frogs, small turtles and the larger aquatic insects.  The Snowy Egret has mustard yellow feet, greenish black legs and a patch of mustard yellow on the top of the black bill.  The Great Egret has the broader yellow bill and is a huge bird in comparison to the Snowy.

In Winter, these white birds can be seen in their majestic long flowing breeding plumage. These are very beautiful birds!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

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