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Juvenile White Ibis and Adult White Ibis

Juvenile White Ibis and Adult White Ibis

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Juvenile White Ibis

Juvenile White Ibis

 

White Ibis, Tri-color Heron and Mallard Ducks were spotted last week here at Lake Paradise in the lovely little Paradise Park in The Villages, Florida.  This small lake is home to a wide variety of geese, ducks, coots, cormorants, egrets, ibis, herons and turtles.  I really enjoy seeing the big birds in spots around the lake.

By the way, the Apple Snail is a favorite food of several of the wading birds here, especially so for the ibises.  It also is “Duck chasing season” where bachelor ducks vie for the hen of their dreams and chase each other, and the hen, all over the lake.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Drake Mallard Duck

Drake Mallard Duck

Drake Mallard Duck

Drake Mallard Duck

Drake Mallard Duck

Drake Mallard Duck

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments on: "More Views of Lake Paradise Waterbirds" (6)

  1. You can tell it’s spring just by listening to the birds! Here the eagles are active as are the geese (which are very loud).

    • Hi Montucky, Yes, the geese do honk a lot, especially when on the move. We are seeing more migration leaving going up North now – a lot of ducks have left. Fun to see all the action. Glad you have the Eagles. Have a great weekend!

  2. Hello, I love the tri-colored and the White Ibis. The Ducks are feisty, I feel sorry for the female ducks this time of the year. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

    • Hi Eileen, I am getting used to seeing small flocks of Ibis in the neighborhood in the early morning meandering on lawns or flying from spot to spot. In the afternoon and evening, the Ibises hang out in the parks near the shoreline begging for tid-bits (They are masterful beggars and usually get someone to give them crackers, cereal or bread – None are good for the birds). Sad that the visitors here just think they are helping the birds and it is nice for the grandkids to hand feed – I sure wish it was not so). Off my soap box. Have a super good weekend!

  3. jealous of the tri-color, once again. 🙂

    • Hi Tex, We don’t have a lot of the Tri-colored Herons around but generally that lake has one or two that can be found. The other lake across the highway near the town square also has a resident Tri-colored Heron. I hope a Tri-colored Heron comes your way on a visit or maybe you get to visit (or vice-versa). Have a tremendously nice weekend!

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