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A Lesser Yellowlegs with reflections on the lake

Lake Paradise is one of the little park lakes here in The Villages, Florida.  It is home to a variety of birds big and small.  The level of the lake is way down now.  We are in a drought.  This is a man-made lake and depends on rainfall for its water.

I spotted the Belted Kingfisher again.  I have photographed the bird several different times.  I also saw a pair of Canada Geese browsing up in the park near the shoreline.  There were about a hundred small shorebirds and Seagulls.  The shorebirds likely were some type of plovers and Lesser Yellowlegs.  I also saw a lone Snowy Egret and a lone Great Blue Heron.  The sad fact is that those shorebirds were wading in what should be the middle of the lake in mere inches of water.

Not many ducks at all this morning.  I took the pictures at about 8:00am.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Low water levels!

Canada Geese

Belted Kingfisher




Lesser Yellowlegs

Belted Kingfisher

Shorebirds (probably Plovers)

Comments on: "This Morning at Lake Paradise" (4)

  1. I have always wanted to visit The Villages since I’ve heard so much about them… Do you live there? I don’t think you do–but you must be fairly near….

    Great set of pictures on Lake Paradise.


    • Hi Betsy, Yes, we live in The Villages. I enjoy the varied amount of recreation and the general lifestyle here. Lots of nice people, lots of shopping and restaurants, parks, and amenities. All are great! I have not a speck of bad things to say other than yes, we have big traffic and crowded restaurants during the Winter season when there are more folks here visiting. We have residents + vacationers then. Have a great Tuesday tomorrow!

      • I have heard GREAT things about The Villages… Years ago, when I lived in Venice, FL—we had lots of ‘winter’ visitors even then (’70’s)… Not sure what they are called now, but we called them Snowbirds….

  2. Hello, I always enjoy seeing the kingfishers. Sorry the water levels are so low. It is the same thing happening here in Maryland with a drought. There are some birds that like the mud flats and will enjoy the lower water levels. Happy 1st day of Spring. Enjoy your day and the week ahead!

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