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Juvenile White Ibis

Juvenile White Ibis

White Ibises and Great Egrets are among the many varieties of birds frequenting our shrinking small lakes here in The Villages, FL these days.  The Great Egrets are sporting their magnificent breeding plumage now.  Quite the beautiful sight!  There are several juvenile White Ibises around, too.  The youngsters have the brown color mixed in with the white.  In a few months, they will turn white.

I took these pictures on Dec. 20, 2016 at Paradise Lake.  We are in a drought and the little lake is rapidly drying up.  The Boone Park area of the lake is mostly mud flats and Swartz Park is nearly so.  The main part of the lake still has a lot of water so all is not dire.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version the picture.  Enjoy.  Wishing everyone a very happy New Year in 2017!

Adult White Ibis

Adult White Ibis

Great Egret with empty Apple Snail shells on mud flat lake bottom

Great Egret with empty Apple Snail shells on mud flat lake bottom


Comments on: "White Ibises and a Great Egret" (2)

  1. Hello, great captures of the White Ibis. They seem to be doing very well here, I see them everywhere I go in Florida! Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend. I wish you all the best in 2017, Happy New Year!

    • Hi Eileen, Well, the Winter “Snow birds” (people) who come and stay a few days to a few months, are back and many are again feeding the Ibis flock at the lovely little lake off of Spanish Springs (Mira-mar). Hard to see a flock of maybe fifty Ibises begging for bread or crackers or cereal. Ugh! Oh well, people mean well just don’t understand that wild exotic birds shouldn’t be fed human foods. Probably the same in many spots here in Florida. Have a wonderful and very happy 2017!

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