I spotted these Great Blue Herons here in The Villages, FL at two local lakes and at one golf course pond. These waders are frequently spotted around the area fishing for frogs, small fish like Bluegill Perch, and small turtles or crawfish (crayfish or crawdads). I enjoy watching them stalk their prey and finally catch the fish by spearing it with their long sharp bill. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy! P.S. So sorry I have been offline for a few days. I was representing Florida at the U.S. National Senior Games Archery Tournament in Birmingham, Alabama, and am happy to say, I am a Bronze Medalist for my class.
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I spotted this pair of Sandhill Cranes standing next to the golf cart path on Sumter County Road 466 on the Arnold Palmer Legends golf course in The Villages, FL on Sunday night at about 5:30pm.
It is not too unusual to see Sandhill Cranes on the courses here in The Villages. They love browsing for grass, seeds, and insects. Of course the tender grass is easy on their feet and most of the courses have a pond for them to drink from. I think the Sandhill Cranes pictured are Florida natives. We have several breeding pairs in the area. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
This sassy Eastern Blue Jay visited my neighborhood on Monday afternoon. I was quite happy to have seen this newcomer. We don’t get a lot of Blue Jays here. This bird was scouting out the sassy lawns (pretty dried out now and tan showing through the green) for tasty bugs to eat.
The jay squawked at me a couple of times and then flew to a neighboring roof to continue its search for a bite to eat. After a moment it was on to other places. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. By the way, please bear with me while I change over to a different photo edit picture loading software. Aperture is giving me a very hard time now days. Thanks!
A largish flock of perhaps seventy or so, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks or “Whistlers” as they are also known, came in waves the other evening to feed along the shore of Paradise Lake in The Villages, FL. I enjoy seeing the flock and hearing their lovely whistle calls.
I was amazed that group after group kept coming in from the Spanish Springs, Lake Miramar area (nearby across the highway). I was too far away from where the ducks were feeding to get clear shots so I am just including the shots of the ducks in flight mostly. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
I photographed this Tri-colored Heron at Paradise Lake in The Villages, Fl, on Sunday evening. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Seagulls, Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets have been here on the little park lakes in recent days. The weather has been very windy here so the bird watching is not as active. It is also nesting time. I took these pictures at Lake Paradise which has a low water level now, and also at the lake behind Freedom Pointe here in The Villages, FL. Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!