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A family of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

A family of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

This Black-bellied Whistling Duck family at Paradise Park, in The Villages, FL, is quite cute.  The parents are the ones with the pink bills and pink feet.  The ducklings have blue-grey bills and feet that turn pink as they mature.  Such sweeties!  I took the pictures at dusk this last Sunday.  The ducks were quite a long way away from where I was located, so I am glad I had the zoom lens on my camera.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

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Yesterday I spotted several Downy Woodpeckers.  I was thrilled to see a small flock arrive in my backyard Live Oak tree!  It had rained earlier and the songbirds and woodpeckers arrived to hunt insects in the swollen bark of the Oak.  I have never before seen five Downy Woodpeckers at once in the same tree.

I especially watched a tender young pair who were very interested in each other.  The male is the one with the red spot on the back of his head.  Downy Woodpeckers enjoy grubs, ants, spiders, small insects, and berries quite a lot.  Downy Woodpeckers are among the smallest of woodpeckers in the United States.

I am so glad to have seen the woodpeckers as woodpeckers are among my favorite birds. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!DSC_9132DSC_9104

(The male has the red spot)

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Here are a bunch of pictures of various water birds that I photographed last night at twilight at the lovely little Lake Paradise from the shoreline of Paradise Park in The Villages, FL.

I enjoyed my vacation.  I was in California visiting my family and attending a wedding.  I did not take many pictures at all on the trip.  We thankfully just missed all the terrible floods in Louisiana by only 2 days!  We actually drove through areas that just days later, were under water.  I hope you will remember the communities in Louisiana who have suffered the floods in your thoughts and prayers.

Happily I saw a new family of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks there at Lake Paradise along with many Canada Geese, White Ibis, Mallards and Florida Mottled Ducks.  There also were a few Anhingas, and a Snowy Egret.

I did miss seeing all of the big birds on my trip.  I did see a California Sea-lion, a Jack Rabbit, and a flock of wild “Freeway chickens” on Highway 99 up in Northern California above Sacramento.  All in all, a great trip!

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Wednesday’s Whistlers

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Black Bellied Whistling Ducks are so very pleasing and cute that I love sharing the pictures of those I see here in The Villages, Florida.  I took these pictures on July 23, 2016 at Lake Mira Mar  in Spanish Springs.  The ducks are mostly active in the early morning and late in the afternoon or early evening.

These are ducks with personality!  I so enjoy seeing them with their pink bills, legs and feet.  Beautiful or handsome waterfowl!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!  P.S.  I will be on blog break for the next couple of weeks.  See you back here after the much needed break.  Wildlifewatcher

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Mourning Doves

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Mourning Doves have been cooing in the trees here on my street all year-long.  These placid medium-sized tan doves are so soothing and pretty, they are a joy to have nearby.  The doves have enjoyed feeding at the neighbor’s hanging tray bird feeder and also picking up fallen seed underneath the feeder pole.

Mourning Doves also enjoy a splash or two at the neighbor’s bird bath during the hot weather.  Doves mostly eat grains but do also enjoy some fruits from time to time.  They are sweet-tempered birds.  I took these pictures during several days in the last month.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that picture.

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This Great Blue Heron was standing in the little man-made creek that flows from the Spanish Springs area into Lake Mira Mar in The Villages, Florida.  The big wading bird was looking for a quick meal of fish, frogs, tadpoles, or small turtles during the early evening hours at dusk, when I snapped these pictures.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

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Lizard on the pick-up truck

Lizard on the pick-up truck

Tri-colored Heron at Lake Paradise

Tri-colored Heron at Lake Paradise

Tri-colored Heron, Anhinga, Ducks, Ibis

Tri-colored Heron, Anhinga, Ducks, Ibis

 

I took these photographs of various wading birds, a Grey Squirrel, and a lounging lizard here in my community during the last couple of weeks.  We have been having a lot of afternoon monsoonal storms so I have not been out getting new pictures in the last few days.  I hope to be out and about taking new pictures in coming days.  I hope you will enjoy these looks at life around the local park lakes.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo.

Mallard Ducks at Lake Paradise

Mallard Ducks at Lake Paradise

Grey Squirrel at Paradise Park

Grey Squirrel at Paradise Park

Snowy Egret at Swartz Park

Snowy Egret at Swartz Park

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