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Big White Birds!

White Pelicans on Lake Paradise this past Spring

The Wood Storks, Great Egrets, White Ibis, Cattle Egrets, White Pelicans, and Snowy Egrets are all large white-colored wading birds/water birds .  I did not add in the various white geese, swans, or ducks because I seldom see these birds here in The Villages, FL.

By the way, I saw three very placid Wood Storks on the parking lot next to Lake Mira-mar last night at dinner time.  Unusual to see more than two at a time but yes, that area is a hot spot for big bird hand-outs (not good for people to feed these exotic birds).  We continue to have intermittent rain showers and thunderstorms here so I have not been out to bird watch with the camera in a few days.  Hope to be out and about soon!  I will post what new pictures I do take in coming days.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

White Ibis at the Shoreline of Freedom Pointe Lake

Great Egret at Paradise Lake

Cattle Egret at Freedom Pointe Pond Meadow

 

Snowy Egret at El Lago Santiago

Wood Stork in Flight at Lake Paradise

Great Egrets and Sandhill Crane on Lake Paradise this last Spring

Ornamental Waterfalls at Paradise Lake in The Villages, FL

The wildlife such as White Ibis, Great Blue Herons, Mottled Ducks, all are enjoying a much fuller Lake Paradise in The Villages, FL this week.  I am thrilled that the little park lake is now full of water and the ornamental waterfalls are turned back on.  Lots of beautiful local scenery.

This park lake has seen a huge variety of birds visit.  The White Ibis, Great Blue Heron, Canada Geese, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Mottled Ducks, Mallard Ducks and Black-bellied Whistling Ducks are resident birds.  We also get visits by White Pelicans, Bald Eagles, Osprey, Bufflehead Ducks, Coots, Hooded Mergansers, Egyptian Geese, Try-colored Herons, Sandhill Cranes, Wood Storks, Muscovy Ducks; Lesser Scaups, Yellowlegs, Kildeer, Anhingas, Double-belted Kingfishers, and occasionally a few other types of wild ducks such as Teal, Wood Ducks, White Pekin Ducks, and others.  It is a really nifty spot to bird watch but the birds do come and go so one never knows how many varieties of birds one will see.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.

White Ibis

Great Egret and Tri-color Heron

White Ibis

Muscovy Duck at Paradise Lake, The Villages, FL

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

Florida Mottled Duck, Lake Paradise, The Villages FL

Florida Mottled Ducks on Lake Paradise, The Villages, FL

Wood Stork at Paradise Lake on 8/6/17

Wood Storks have been spotted here in The Villages, FL at several small park and golf course lakes.  I have seen these amazing big birds at Lake Mira-mar near Spanish Springs; at the Lago El Santiago (Santiago Golf Pond on Enrique Dr.); and also at Paradise Lake at Paradise Park, and also at Boone Park.  Happily to note, Paradise Lake is full of water!  Hooray!  The birds are enjoying it and for the first time in nearly a year, the ornamental waterfalls have been once again turned on!

The younger Wood Storks have a brighter and lighter bill and look a lot less weathered and aged.  Old Wood Storks have a huge craggy darker bill – nearly a light charcoal grey.  Wood Storks are on the “Threatened” list of birds here in the United States.  A few years ago, these birds were considered as “Endangered”.  I enjoy watching these unusual-looking exotic wild birds and are always on the look-out for them.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the image.  Enjoy!

Wood Storks at Paradise Lake on 8/6/17

Wood Stork at Lake Mira-mar, 8/3/17

Wood Stork at Lago El Santiago, 8/2/17

Birds Here and There

Probably a Red-shouldered Hawk

A Snowy Egret, a couple of Great Blue Herons, and surprisingly, a hawk (probably a Red Shouldered Hawk but hard to tell) were all spotted here in The Villages, Florida, last evening at about 5:30.

I spotted the egret at Lake Paradise, the Great Blue Herons at Lake Paradise and Lake Mira-mar, and the hawk at a lamp-post on Morse Blvd. near Rio Grande.  Always fun to spot the hawks as they are not as frequently seen as are all the big wading and water birds here.  I also spotted several Wood Storks which I will feature in a coming post.  Always something to see here!  So much fun!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Great Blue Heron

Snowy Egret

Great Blue Heron

Bald Eagles, Osprey, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Wood Storks, Anhingas, Little Blue Herons, Trio-colored Herons, White Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Double-crested Cormorants, Sandhill Cranes, Mottled Ducks, Muscovy Ducks, Mallard Ducks and Black-bellied Whistling Ducks all have been spotted at the lovely pond at the El Santiago Golf Course in The Villages, Fl this year.

I often can spot several larger birds here and am usually rewarded with good sightings.  There is easy access to the pond from Enrique Drive or the recreation center’s parking lot.  By the way, the Bald Eagles sometimes perch on the electric line towers both on the golf course and just down the street.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

Happily, this female Eastern Bluebird decided my front yard Magnolia Tree was a great place to perch and rest the other day.  We have been having very rainy weather recently after having experienced a long period of drought.

The Eastern Bluebird is a great insect hunter!  I am glad to have these beautiful small songbirds around.  They like just about any insect or worm they can find. By the way, this lovely bird really blended-in with the green and rust coloration of the Magnolia.  Nature’s camouflage.  The male Eastern Bluebird has a much brighter tone to its color.  I did not see the male on this occasion.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

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