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While I was at the shopping center ponds the other day, I also spotted turtles, a couple of alligators, and an Anhinga perched up in a small tree right next to the shore of the pond.  These were in addition to the Great Egret, pair of Hooded Mergansers, a Common Moorhen (red flesh over its bill), and the Common Coot.  I ran out of room on Friday’s post, so I’ll show photos of these animals today.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "Back to the Shopping Center Ponds Part 2 of 2" (8)

  1. The Anhinga is gorgeous! I’ve never seen one before, are they common down there? Anything else you can tell me about them?

    • Hi Celebrate Silence, Yes, Anhingas are somewhat common in Central and South Florida. They look very similar to the Double Crested Cormorant except they have a slender straight bill (Cormorants have a slight downward hook at the tip of their bill). Anhingas swim in the water to hunt and eat aquatic animals, fish and eggs. Some also occasionally will take shoreline larger insects and even small lizards. They roost in trees. They also often have their wings spread to dry like the cormorants do. The Anhingas also sometimes during their life cycle have that furry-look to their puffed up neck. Have a wonderful day tomorrow!

  2. Hello, these are all wonderful shots. I especially love the moorhen and coot. The turtles are cool too. Great post. Happy Monday, have a great new week ahead!

    • Hi Eileen, I like both the coots and the moorhens. Great little birds. Unfortunately, they are favorites of the Bald Eagles who like them nearly as much as they do fish. Have an excellent day tomorrow!

  3. wow! wouldn’t have considered an alligator so close to wal-mart! 🙂

  4. That’s a very nice shot of the Anhinga!

    • Hi Montucky, Thanks! The big bird was quite close to the parking lot and oblivious to people around. I think the birds get used to the mild hubbub of cars and folks around. Have a super good day tomorrow!

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