White Ibises, Mallard Ducks, Pekin Ducks, Muscovy Ducks, and a very hot Great Blue Heron were all trying to cool off yesterday afternoon here in The Villages, FL. It was about 88 degrees F. (and very humid) when I was visiting the lovely Veteran’s Park and little Mira-Mar Lake.
The brown and white-colored White Ibises are juveniles. The Ibises rushed up when our golf cart arrived, hoping against hope that we would be bringing treats. That is why I got the close-ups. No, no treats from me. It is against the law and bad for the exotic birds as well, to feed the Ibises, Cranes, Herons, Egrets and other larger wild birds. By the way, I also saw a male Northern Cardinal beating the heat by flitting about the bushes trying hunt in the shade.