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I spotted this large gathering of American White Pelicans at the Freedom Pointe Lake here in The Villages, Florida. There also were a few cormorants mixed-in with the pelicans.  The pelicans will soon be making their way back up North.

Like many others, I am now staying at home as much as possible these days.  I am sharing mostly older photos that have not appeared here before.  I hope all of you readers and I, can stay as healthy as possible!   Please click not the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

A Cormorant with a Catch

These two Double-crested Cormorants were diving in a local pond for fish.  One was successful and the other was out of luck.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Central Florida Ducks

Florida Mottled Ducks

Here are some of the commonly seen ducks here in The Villages during the Winter and early Spring months (some do stay all year long).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Blue-winged Teal Ducks

Hooded Merganser Ducks

Mallard Ducks

 

 

Northern Shoveler Ducks

Lesser Scaup Ducks

Mallard Ducks

Great Egret

These photos were taken last week in The Villages, FL.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Little Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron, Tri-colored Heron &  Double Crested Cormorants

Snowy Egret

 

 

 

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Great Blue Heron

The Bald Eagle Family

Southern Bald Eagles are resident here in The Villages, FL.  This family were spotted at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course on the electric towers near the Mulberry Dog Park.  The parent eagles and one of the two eaglets of this family were perched on three different towers when I recently was out bird watching.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Wishing everyone a happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Enjoy!

Male Red-winged Blackbirds are very attractive songbirds!   They are black in color with a bright yellow and orange-red patch on the shoulder area of each wing.  The hens are a brown color without the colorful patch of yellow and red.

Red-winged blackbirds are mainly seen around bodies of fresh water.  They seem to thrive around marshes and enjoy eating the seeds of aquatic plants as well as many insects.  The males have a buzzy loud song that is memorable.  I always enjoy spotting these rather pretty songbirds!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

 

 

This Red-shouldered Hawk has recently moved into my neighborhood.  Transitory flocks of Cedar Waxwings are here feasting on the last of the Holly Berries, so it may be having many smaller birds nearby is what attracted this hawk to the neighborhood.  There also will soon be new ducklings at our neighborhood park lake.  Our neighborhood has many large trees which also suits the hawks.

This hawk was photographed on the front lawn of a home, and was looking at and consuming a very small bit of prey – likely a small mouse.  These birds of prey are carnivorous and hunt for small rodents, snakes, lizards, songbirds, ducklings, and eggs.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

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