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Wordless Wednesday

Here are some shots of the Double Crested Cormorants.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Wordless Wednesday

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo.  Enjoy!

This Morning at Lake Paradise

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)

A Northern Mockingbird

I hear this Northern Mockingbird pretty often but only see the lively bird once in a while.  This time the song I heard was an imitation of the Northern Cardinal.

It makes me laugh when the Mockingbird suddenly changes its singing and out of the open beak, comes the song of a totally different species of bird.  Just like that, two or even three bird songs in a row.  Talented!

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Have a happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Wordless Wed. – White Ibises

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of these photos I took yesterday in my yard,  Enjoy!

 

 

A Drake Common Moorhen

This Common Moorhen, a member of the Rail family of birds and a cousin to its almost look-alike, the Coot, was spotted at the Wal-Mart pond on CR-466, in The Villages, Florida last week.

Common Moorhens live happily in ponds, on the shorelines of lakes, and also in marshes.  Occasionally they are also on rivers.  These duck-like birds eat plants.  They are attractive and harmless. The hens (I did not see any that day) are a brown color but similar in looks to the drakes, which are charcoal dark grey and white with a red patch above their bill or beak.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

A Drake Hooded Merganser

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This male Hooded Merganser duck was spotted on Sunday March 5, 2017, at the Wal-Mart pond on CR 466 in The Villages, Florida.

The Hooded Merganser was first seen lounging on the base of a large pond fountain.  After a moment, the duck slid into the water and paddled off in search of a bite to eat.  I did not see a female or hen with the merganser.  I did see a few Mallard Ducks there as well as a Little Blue Heron and a single Common Moorhen.

Hooded Mergansers are gorgeous ducks.  The males are rusty-brown, white and black in color.   Male Hooded Mergansers have a large white hooded region on their heads that they raise when alert or to signal danger to the other ducks.  These ducks dive for prey of fish, frogs, crayfish, tadpoles and small tender turtles.

I have been seeing the Hooded Mergansers with some Bufflehead Ducks, and Lesser Scaups around the community in the last couple of weeks.  Pretty soon, these migratory ducks will head North.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

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