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Great Egrets

 

These Great Egrets were spotted in The Villages, Florida at El Santiago Golf Pond, Silver Lake Recreation Center Pond, and Lake Paradise near Schwartz Park and Boone Park.  I took these pictures this past weekend.  Some of the areas are harder to get to still due to minor flooding, but more areas are opening up once again.

The Great Egrets eat small fish, frogs, turtles, baby alligators, mice, lizards, baby birds, and snakes (and other small critters).  They fish with their long sharp yellow bills and spear their prey.  These birds are mostly wading birds but they do hunt on land in shrubbery and on lawns at times.  Great Egrets are white with yellow bills, black legs and black feet.  They are among the tallest of the egrets.   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

 

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Comments on: "Great Egrets" (2)

  1. Hello, it is great to see the egrets. I hope the floods water recede soon. It takes a while to get back to normal after these storms. Enjoy your day!

    • Hi Eileen, As a matter of fact, Kim Street which was flooded at Boone Park is now back to being a regular looking and functioning street again! Progress! The covered dock-pergola at Boone Park is also now back to being dry, too. Paradise Lake was lowered a little via pumping over several streets to a drain in a street that led to a golf course pond. Someone got very creative to make that happen well. It is a great thing as the lake is low enough not to (we hope) flood again in coming rains. Have a great Wednesday tomorrow and thanks for your nice comments!

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