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Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

The Sandhill Crane family was there, a lone Canada Goose was there, a pair of Florida Mottled Ducks were there, a fleeing Great Blue Heron had been there, and last but not least a lone Cooter Turtle was there!  The spot was the horse farm pond in Northwestern Marion County, Florida where I often go to observe wildlife from the side of the road.

The Sandhill Crane family was resting under the Oak Trees on the far shore of the pond and seemed serene.  The ducks paddled around the pond as ducks do.  The turtle was dreamily basking in the warm sun.  I think the Canada Goose started flying and must have spooked the heron, which then took off flying to other places.  So, these are the scenes I observed at this wonderful rural pond on April 22, 2015.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

Canada Goose and Mottled Duck

Canada Goose and Mottled Duck

Florida Mottled Ducks

Florida Mottled Ducks

Cooter Turtle

Cooter Turtle

Florida Mottled Ducks

Florida Mottled Ducks

Family of Sandhill Cranes

Family of Sandhill Cranes

Comments on: "Scenes from the Ranch Pond" (8)

  1. the goose looks handsome out there. love the turtle, too.

    • Hi Theresa, I think the goose is hoping for a mate to fly in – I have only seen that one. I kinda liked that turtle also. Lots of action on that pond at times. Won’t be long before the juvenile crane will be able to fly. Will be sad to see the family move along (assuming they will but there is a chance they are natives here). Have a tremendous weekend!

  2. I have to take my hat off to thet farmer who keeps that pond alive and well for the critters the use it and the folks who enjoy seeing it!

    • Hi Montucky, I believe but am not totally sure, that this pond is on one of the major horse farms in our county. I always am happy that I can see the pond from where I take pictures on the road side. It is a quiet street. The management of this horse farm does take great care of their pastures – even those used by the cattle.
      Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Great collection of images. I love the turtle and the cane family. Wonderful photos!

  4. Gorgeous shots of all of the wonderful birds down there. I still love those Sandhill Cranes.. I never tire of seeing them…

    Wonder if the goose has lost its mate? Someone else on a blog said that they mate for life —and that they had one near their property who just stayed around after the mate died, and seemed to be looking for it. Kinda sad????

    Hugs,
    Betsy

    • Hi Betsy, Could well be but I just had the thought that maybe the hen is nesting across the road. There is a very swampy pond that is not visible much at all from the road on that property (not on horse farm land that I can tell). Have a really happy and fun coming week! I hope you enjoy those Dogwoods and Redbuds if still blooming.

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