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Pond Bird Extravaganza!

Wood Storks

Wood Storks

Hooded Mergansers

Hooded Mergansers

Sand Hill Cranes

Sand Hill Cranes

Wood Storks, Sand Hill Cranes, a Great Egret, Hooded Mergansers, a Pied-billed Grebe, a Little Blue Heron, and a small flock of Florida Mottled Ducks all were spotted at the ranch pond where I have been occasionally sighting wildlife.  This pond is located in a very rural area in Northwest Marion County, Florida.  I have to take the photographs from the roadway, over the ranch’s boundary fence.  Good thing I have that long lens!

I am thrilled to have seen the pair of Wood Storks, as they are not often spotted in this area.  The Wood Storks are beautiful and odd-looking all at the same time.   I took these pictures on December 16, 2014.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

Mottled Ducks/Hybrid Mottled Duck

Mottled Ducks/Hybrid Mottled Duck

Wood Stork

Wood Stork

 

Great Egret, Wood Storks, Hooded Mergansers

Great Egret, Wood Storks, Hooded Mergansers

Mottled Ducks

Mottled Ducks

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

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Comments on: "Pond Bird Extravaganza!" (6)

  1. A wonderful variety of birds and photos.. I love the cranes and storks.. Have a happy weekend.. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas!

  2. i love that you’ve discovered this pond! seems to attract a great variety!

    • Hi Theresa, That pond certainly is a great place to watch wildlife at times. Like all hot spots, it does fluctuate – yesterday afternoon there only were 5 or so Mergansers and no other critters there. Fun to see the ducks though. Have a super good weekend!

  3. that was indeed a bird extravaganza! The storks are new to me. Interesting birds!

    • Hi Montucky, Imagine how happy I was this afternoon at around 4:00 pm to go past this pond and spot an additional Wood Stork (now 3 there) and and additional Great Egret, plus a Belted Kingfisher in addition to the Little Blue Heron, Killdeer, Hooded Mergansers, and Mottled Ducks. Yesterday not many birds there, and yet today – another extravaganza! Yes, I took a lot of pictures this afternoon and will share a few here in coming days. Thanks for your comments. I hope you get to see Wood Storks some day. Have a fine weekend!

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