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Flocks of Sandhill Cranes, White Pelicans and Wood Storks have recently visited our little neighborhood park lake (Paradise Lake) here in The Villages, FL.  Because we have had so little rainfall, the lake has rapidly been shrinking and the fishing seems to be the big draw for the migratory wading and water birds!

It was quite funny for me yesterday to shoot a round of archery here, while a large group of White Pelicans flew right over the lake-side archery range!  A most pleasant distraction for sure.

I drive past Swartz Park on my way home from my daily archery practice so I get to notice when there are large gatherings of the wading or water birds on the lake.  I took these pictures on December 21, and Dec. 22, 2016.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!  I want to wish all a Merry Christmas!  I will continue the second part of this three part series on Monday.

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Comments on: "Visiting Big Birds on the Lake: Sandhill Cranes" (5)

  1. Such beautiful cranes! I have never seen that type before! I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.

    Thank you so much for bringing a smile to me every time I receive one of your blog entries. Take care! Cathy

    • Hi Cathy, Many thanks! Wishing you and your mother and family, a wonderful Christmas. I believe 2017 will be a great year! Enjoy the holidays and bird watching if you have the opportunity!

  2. Have a very merry Christmas and enjoy all of those wonderful birds!

    • Hi Montucky, Many thanks I will. I saw a bunch of Great Egrets there at the little park on our neighborhood lake this afternoon – all in their breeding plumage. Quite a sight!

  3. The cranes are a beautiful sight! You do see some wonderful birds there. Great photos. Happy weekend! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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