An Alligator which I am calling the ‘gator “Hacienda Harry”, and a Great Egret were spotted in the Hacienda Golf Course Pond in The Villages, Florida near the multi-modal path that leads to Panama Drive. I have seen the alligator there in the pond several times and usually on the far end closest to the multi-modal path and the group of trees on the shore. I saw this alligator lounging on the shoreline this afternoon (no camera) and yes, it is five feet in length.
I also spotted this Great Egret perched on the top of one of the Cypress Trees in the same area. This bird was particularly hot as it had its bill open to cool itself. We have a lot of small ponds and small lakes here were water birds and yes, sometimes, alligators may be spotted. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!