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Killdeer at the Freedom Pointe Lakes

Killdeer, Great Blue Herons, a Little Blue Heron, and a number of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks were all spotted on and in our little lakes here in The Villages, Florida, in the last several days.  Additionally, there were Wood Storks, Anhingas, a few Hooded Merganser Ducks, Ring Necked Ducks, Mallards, Egyptian and Canada Geese, and Great Egrets.  I think the Killdeer possibly was standing right on its nest in the picture above, but it may also just be some pebbles.

I enjoy going sound to different lakes to check out what kinds of birds are visiting.  More and more (and different) birds are arriving during the Winter migration.  Just yesterday, I saw an amazing fifty or so Great Egrets plus about twenty Wood Stork out on one of the small park lakes here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo.  Enjoy!

Black-bellied Whistling Duck at Swartz Park on Lake Paradise

Black-bellied Whistling Duck at Swartz Park on Lake Paradise

Little Blue Heron (Boone Park on Paradise Lake)

Little Blue Heron (Boone Park on Paradise Lake)

Great Blue Heron at the Freedom Point Lakes

Great Blue Heron at a Freedom Pointe area lake

Comments on: "Shore Bird, Wading Birds & Waterfowl" (2)

  1. I always enjoy seeing the variety of wild fowl that you encounter there. Many species there are not native to this region and the many of the ones who are are so wild that I usually see them only briefly and at great distances.

    • Hi Montucky, In Florida, people have been building new developments for the past century in areas that used to be close to marshes where these birds would come each year. I think the flocks are pretty much used to people. I am positive that most of the White Ibises are. The herons and egrets not so much. The storks and cranes are a mystery to me still. Have a great weekend!

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