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Wordless Thursday: Tri-Colored and Little Blue Herons

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

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

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Adult Little Blue Heron

Great Egrets

Two Great Egrets were spotted last evening at dusk at our neighborhood small lake in two spots as well as a passing small flock of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks in flight.  This was the first time in a very long while I have been out of the house other than to take exercise walks around the block here.

We did stay in our golf cart and were never near other people during this very short bird watching jaunt.  I really hope you enjoy seeing these photos of the egrets!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.

Black Bellied Whistling Ducks

Whistlers as these ducks are also known, are charming and beautiful wild ducks.  They have a blue bill and feet as ducklings which turn a vivid pink as adults.  Black Bellied Whistling ducks are a rich cinnamon brown with black and white feather accents.  They actually don’t quack but do emit a whistle sound to communicate.

These whistling ducks sit on the grassy shoreline quite a bit but do venture into the water from time to time and tip down into the shallow water to hunt for aquatic worms, insects, snails and aquatic plants.  They also eat seeds, grasses, fruits and terrestrial insects snails and worms they can find fairly close to the water’s edge.  Black Bellied Whistling ducks are both migratory and native here in Florida.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Sweet Songbirds

Eastern Blue Jay

I enjoy seeing all types of both songbirds and the exotic big birds here in Florid!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Crow

Eastern Bluebird

Red-winged Blackbird (male)

 

Pileated Woodpecker

Boat-tailed Grackle (male)

Cedar Waxwings

The Three Most Commonly Spotted Herons Here

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Herons, Little Blue Herons and Tri-colored Herons are all seen here in The Villages, FL.  These wading birds all eat fish, frogs, smaller aquatic animals and some insects.  Of the three types of herons mentioned here, the Great Blue is the most commonly spotted here in The Villages, and the Tri-colored Heron is the least commonly seen.

I want to wish everyone who celebrates, a very Happy Easter!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Tri-colored Heron and Great Egret

Little Blue Heron

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

 

 

Great Blue Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Great Blue Heron

Sandhill Cranes in Florida

Sandhill Cranes are resident and migratory birds here in The Villages, FL.  It is not uncommon to see these large birds around the edges of golf courses, especially those near marshes.  Sandhill Cranes often eat grass, seeds, insects, worms, snails and prefer the cut apron areas of fairways.  Occasionally the cranes can be seen on people’s front or backyard lawns!  We do not fence most lots here.  By the way, the photo of the cranes in flight was actually taken at Paynes Prairie overlook on Highway 441 near Gainesville, FL.

These are various photographs I have taken here in the past months of the Sandhill Cranes.  Please click on the thumbnail images to see the slightly larger version of the picture.

 

Juvenile and Adult Little Blue Herons

Here are several Little Blue Herons I have photographed here in Central Florida with most being here in The Villages.  The juveniles are the white phase of their coloring and they turn a purple blue as an adult. The Little Blue Herons are wading birds and they eat fish, frogs, small turtles, aquatic snails, and larger aquatic insects.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

 

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