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A Young Alligator

A Young Alligator

Coot

Coot

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Alligators, Little Blue Heron, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, Bufflehead Duck, Mallard Ducks, Common Moorhens, Anhingas, Pied-billed Grebe, and Common Coots all were spotted at two small ponds right next to a small shopping center area near The Villages, Florida on Highway 466.  Yes, right next to the Walmart!  I took these pictures yesterday afternoon (Jan. 14, 2016).  I have taken pictures at these ponds several different times in the last year.  There often is wildlife to be seen there.

I am amazed at how well wildlife copes with all the new development.  I am glad these wetlands, though tiny, were saved!  I spotted three Alligators in the larger of the two ponds by the way and one of those was decent sized!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

Mallard Duck

Drake Mallard Ducks

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Pair of Mallard Ducks

Pair of Mallard Ducks

 

Great Egret

Great Egret

 

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

Drake (male) Bufflehead Duck

Drake (male) Bufflehead Duck

 

Common Moorhen

Common Moorhen

Alligator

Alligator

Anhinga

Anhinga

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Comments on: "A Visit to the Shopping Center Ponds" (5)

  1. wow! that’s impressive – to get that much variety that close to ‘civilization’. 🙂

    • Hi Tex, I was extra surprised as there are several small businesses right up at the front pond and the Walmart Superstore next to the larger pond. There also is an elementary/middle school across the highway. These all are wild animals/birds and are not park pets! Have a super nice week-end!

  2. That is indeed a large variety! I love the little ‘gator! He looks like a happy little critter.

  3. Wow, it is amazing to see all these birds and the gator so close to a shopping center. Great photos. The gators would have me worried, do they walk across the walmart parking lot? Enjoy your day, have a great new week ahead!

    • Hi Eileen, The parking lot has a buffer lawn at the shoreline of the pond. I think maybe there could be a march across the street between the two ponds but that would be it. I doubt customers or the public would be endangered as the gators were in the larger pond. There is a pizza restaurant next to the smaller pond but I doubt anyone would be around the shore unless they purposely went there. Many thanks for the good wishes. I will enjoy the next week and plan a lot of birding. There is a lot going on as far as migratory wading birds, ducks and such here now. Have a great week!

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