This pair of Egyptian Geese was spotted up on the shoreline of the Freedom Pointe Lake in The Villages near the parking lot area beside the assisted living housing complex building.
The Egyptian Geese are native to Africa and were brought here to the USA to be golf course pets in some spots (they migrated here to the Villages from elsewhere). These geese are part shell-duck and part goose. They are attractive birds.
Egyptian Geese now are resident waterfowl here in The Villages but are not in big numbers here. They eat grasses grains and seeds and behave in a similar manner to the Canada Geese. These geese are rust colored with cream and black and are between a duck and a goose in size. The Egyptian Geese seem quite shy. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy! P.S. I have not seen that Roseate Spoonbill here since my Sunday morning sighting.
Last week I spotted several Sandhill Cranes here in The Villages, FL along pond shorelines at Morse Blvd. and CR 466 (near Live Oak Park) and at the Arnold Palmer Legends golf course also along CR 466 near Laurel Manor Recreation Center.
These are native Florida Sandhill Cranes. I think we have many breeding pairs and small family groups around the area. The Sandhill Cranes especially like the fringes of golf courses near the ponds. Plenty of food and water and most golfers don’t mind the presence of the cranes since the cranes mostly are hanging out on the fringes of the courses near fences or under the trees. It is always a big pleasure to see these large lovely birds! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
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.
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!