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Waterfowl, Cranes, Birds, Squirrels, a Butterfly and Scenery!

A Great Egret

A Red-winged Blackbird, a Common Moorhen, a pair of Sandhill Cranes, a perched Great Egret, a partially submerged Anhinga, a trio of Double-crested Cormorants, a Pied-billed Grebe; Egyptian Geese; White Ibis; and a flock of Hooded Mergansers were all spotted here in The Villages, FL, late in the afternoon on Wednesday.  I also saw a most lovely Monarch Butterfly on some wild Aster flowers.

The Grey Squirrels here have become the rodent version of the ever-begging White Ibis!  When we parked the golf cart at Paradise Park, I immediately had four little squirrels come begging for any kind of hand-out treat that would be given.  I had to say sorry to the little cuties but someone else had already provided a few tasty peanuts.  I sure wish folks would stop feeding the wildlife here!  Oh well…

Such fun to get out in beautiful weather and see the birds squirrels and yes, butterflies.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that picture.  Enjoy!

A hen Moorhen

Male Red-winged Blackbird

A pair of Sandhill Cranes

 

A Scenic View of “Larry the Gator’s Pond”

Egyptian Goose and White Ibis

A Monarch Butterfly on an Aster flower

 

 

Grey Squirrel

Grey Squirrel

Anhinga

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Wild Burros (Donkeys) and Prairie Dogs

These lovely and friendly wild (sort of, anyway) burros or donkeys and the tiny Prairie Dogs were spotted last month at the beautiful Custer State Park in South Dakota near Mount Rushmore.  These are the last of my series of photographs from my visit to the park this Summer.

I spotted the animals along the side of the road and in a great big pasture on the Wildlife Loop road.  The burro’s come to the roadway to beg (successfully) for carrots or apples from the park’s visitors.  They seem very tame but one must remember they are still wild animals!  So neat to also see many Prairie Dogs chirping their warning when we walked a short way into the fields.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of each picture.  Enjoy!

Squirrels, Ducks, and Views of Paradise Lake

Grey Squirrels, Mallard Ducks, and hybrid Mallard/Florida Mottled Ducks were spotted on the little Lake Paradise in The Villages, Florida on Monday night at twilight.  I am including views of the lake on the Swartz Park end which is almost totally dry to the North and rapidly shrinking again to the South.  By the way, that shot that looks like a huge grassy prairie, is really the dry lake bed.  Yikes!

We are still in a drought situation here.  I enjoy this regional park which is reserved for residents and guests here in The Villages, Florida.  There is always wildlife around us here.  I have a great time bird and critter-watching.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manatee Springs State Park, Part 2

Manatee Spring

Manatee Spring

Belted Kingfisher on the Suwanee River

Belted Kingfisher on the Suwanee River

Double Crested Cormorants on the Suwanee River

Double Crested Cormorants on the Suwanee River

 

This lovely Florida State Park has a 72 degree F fresh water spring, is on the banks of the Suwanee River, has a wonderful campground, and walking trails with a children’s playground area.  I saw many deer, nine, I think.  I also saw four armadillos.  There were a few wading birds, and songbirds, but there were perhaps a hundred Turkey Vultures (with a few Black Vultures in the bunch).

Almost every large tree on the Suwanee River at the mouth of the Manatee Springs stream, had many vultures perched on it!  It is an amazing sight to see a seventy foot tall Cypress tree festooned with buzzards (another name for vultures).

This park is not a zoo and all the animals are wild.  I was surprised to see the animals so boldly walking around were people were.

I recommend visiting Manatee Springs State Park.  A lovely place with a lot to see in a small park.  It is about six miles from the small town of Chiefland where there are several stores and restaurants.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Black Vulture

Black Vulture

Probably an Eastern Phoebe

Probably an Eastern Phoebe

 

Pied-billed Grebe on the Suwanee River

Pied-billed Grebe on the Suwanee River

White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer

Juvenile Little Blue Heron at the Manatee Spring

Juvenile Little Blue Heron at the Manatee Spring

Manatee Springs State Park, Part 1

Nine-banded Armadillo

Nine-banded Armadillo

White-tailed Deer; Nine-banded Armadillos; a Juvenile Little Blue Heron; a Great Egret; a Double-crested Cormorant, a chatty Red-bellied Woodpecker, and an enormous migratory flock of Turkey Vultures were spotted at the lovely Manatee Springs State Park near Chiefland, Florida on November 8, 2016.  Sorry to say, I did not see a single Manatee.  I think it is probably too early in the season for Manatee sightings here.

This beautiful little Florida State Park is on the shoreline of the Manatee Spring and also the Suwanee River.  There is a very nice campground and the park also has a canoe and Kayak rental program also with a nice launch area and small concession stand restaurant.  People may swim in the 72 degree spring but there is no lifeguard service.  I chose not to swim as it was too cool for that.  I will conclude my series about this park on Monday with my next post.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Cypress Tree "Knees"

Cypress Tree “Knees”

 

The Suwanee River

The Suwanee River

White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer

Manatee Spring

Manatee Spring

A Bunny and Birds in the Neighborhood

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A Cotton-tailed bunny rabbit, a Northern Mockingbird, Mourning Doves, and a band of roving White Ibises, were all spotted in my neighborhood in the last week or two.  It has been raining a lot here so I have not been out taking a lot of pictures.

Cotton-tailed Rabbits are not commonly seen here.  I think there are plenty of Coyotes, Hawks, Bald Eagles, and Osprey that actively hunt the bunnies.  I saw this particular rabbit in a yard of a home quite close to our local neighborhood park lake.  The best time to see rabbits here is at twilight or even at dawn.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

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Wildlife Pictures at Lake Paradise in The Villages, FL

Lizard on the pick-up truck

Lizard on the pick-up truck

Tri-colored Heron at Lake Paradise

Tri-colored Heron at Lake Paradise

Tri-colored Heron, Anhinga, Ducks, Ibis

Tri-colored Heron, Anhinga, Ducks, Ibis

 

I took these photographs of various wading birds, a Grey Squirrel, and a lounging lizard here in my community during the last couple of weeks.  We have been having a lot of afternoon monsoonal storms so I have not been out getting new pictures in the last few days.  I hope to be out and about taking new pictures in coming days.  I hope you will enjoy these looks at life around the local park lakes.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo.

Mallard Ducks at Lake Paradise

Mallard Ducks at Lake Paradise

Grey Squirrel at Paradise Park

Grey Squirrel at Paradise Park

Snowy Egret at Swartz Park

Snowy Egret at Swartz Park

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