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Great Egret

Great Egret

A Great Egret ,White Ibis, and Double Crested Cormorants, and a Turkey Vulture, were spotted a few days ago.  The Ibis are numerous here in Florida and love being around the water.  The White Ibis eat aquatic snails, aquatic worms, land worm, and assorted insects. The White Ibis also will eat aquatic plants and some grains.

The Double Crested Cormorants are meat-eating birds that are water birds.  They love to follow White Pelicans and also the herons and egrets in search of food.   These birds dive into the water for fish or frogs.  The Double Crested Cormorants look quite similar to the Anhinga birds but the cormorants are a bit blockier and also have the hook on the end of their bill.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Double Crested Cormorants

Double Crested Cormorants

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

White Ibis

White Ibis

 

Wood Storks

Wood Storks

Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, Florida has two medium-sized ponds that have a variety of water birds, and wading birds in and around them.  I was there at Tuscawilla Park on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 in the afternoon for about five minutes.  No, I did not see hundreds of birds as I have in past visits during the Winter months.  Many birds have gone elsewhere on their migratory journey.

I did see several Great Egrets, a couple of Wood Storks, Snowy Egrets, a lot of White Ibis, a lot of Common Cormorants, a few Wood Ducks, a few Muscovy Ducks and a Great Blue Heron.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Great Egret, Snowy Egrets, and Double Crested Cormorants

Great Egret, Snowy Egrets, and Double Crested Cormorants

Juvenile White Ibis

Juvenile White Ibis

Adult White Ibis

Adult White Ibis

Action at the Wal-Mart Pond

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A Little Blue Heron, a few Common Moorhens, and a little Pied-billed Grebe were spotted at the pond next to the Wal-Mart parking lot on CR 466 around the Buffalo Ridge area in The Villages, Florida last week.

The Little Blue Heron starts out as a white bird and gets darker with age until it is a lovely purplish-blue.  The Little Blue Heron also has greenish-yellow legs and feet.  It is a beautiful big wading bird.  The Little Blue Heron eats fish, frogs, turtles, crayfish, aquatic worms, aquatic snails, and sometimes, shore-based insects and mice.  The heron roosts in tall trees, and prefers Cypress Trees when possible.  please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  My thoughts and prayers are with those people in Northern California who are affected by flooding, or the precautionary evacuations for the Oroville Dam difficulties.

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

 

 

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This Trip-colored Heron was spotted on Thursday, February 9, 2017, at the pond beside the Walmart parking lot on CR 466 in The Villages, FL.  This small pond is where I have photographed many wading birds in the last year, as well as a couple of small alligators (no alligators yesterday).  There also were ducks, a grebe, and a glorious Little Blue Heron.  I will share additional pictures of those other birds in coming posts.

This Trip-colored Heron flew in and was wading very close to where I was observing from the shoreline.  The bird was oblivious to my presence for about a minute and then I slowly backed away.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

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I took these pictures of the little sparrow last week.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

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White Pelican

Mature White Pelican

White Pelicans, an American Alligator, Egyptian Geese, Sea Gulls, and a lot of Double Crested Cormorants all were spotted here in The Villages, Florida on the lovely little lake behind Freedom Pointe off of El Camino yesterday at Noon.  Don’t worry, that ‘Gator seemed to be a smaller one!  The alligators often can be seen here in the lakes and larger ponds.  The pelicans and cormorants are migratory visitors to the area but the geese, egret and ibises are year-around residents.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Small Alligator

Small Alligator

White Pelicans and Double Crested Cormorants

White Pelicans and Double Crested Cormorants

 

 

 

 

 

Egyptian Geese

Egyptian Geese

Sea Gull

Sea Gull

Cormorants and Pelicans

Cormorants and Pelicans

 

 

 

 

Wordless Friday: Flight

Seagulls

Seagulls

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

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Wood Stork

Wood Stork

Osprey

Osprey

 

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

White Pelican

White Pelican

 

 

 

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