A pair of Sandhill Cranes and a Little Blue Heron were seen at two ponds here in The Villages, Florida last week. I saw the cranes on the shore of the small pond near Live Oaks Park on Morse Blvd. near CR 466, and the Little Blue Heron was at Freedom Pointe Lakes (The larger lake). By the way, it has been very windy on several days here so a bit of blown-in trash is evident in the pictures. Most of our shorelines are very clean here and this is a rare occurrence.
Both of these are wading birds that eat fish, frogs, aquatic snails, larger aquatic insects, small shoreline snakes, baby waterfowl, and baby Alligators. The cranes also will eat grains and seeds. I love seeing these beautiful big birds here! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo. Enjoy!