These pictures were taken this afternoon at Schwartz Park in The Villages, FL. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
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Hi all, I am trying to get an issue fixed with my WordPress blog here. I apparently have run out of media space for pictures to get posted. After eight years of blogging I guess it was one photo too many or something like that. I will see what can be done. I hope to be back with new content soon. Thanks for your understanding.
The Sharon Wiechens Preserve in The Villages is a true gem of a place. I try to get there on occasion as it is such fun to go and try to spot wildlife there. I was rewarded yesterday in spite of 90 degree temperatures and of course our Summertime humidity. I spotted several Loggerhead Shrikes way up in the crowns of the Oaks and then soaring above the trees.
I also saw a beautiful Great Egret, a camouflaged Great Blue Heron in the reeds, a Purple Gallinule, a Common Moorhen, and a male Red-winged Blackbird. One never knows what birds or animals will be spotted at the preserve! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of the photo. I took these pictures in The Villages, FL on July 1, 2018. Wishing everyone a happy Independence Day!
A flock of White Ibis were strolling around the yards in my neighborhood yesterday afternoon. It has rained a lot so the big white birds were out for any earthworms or grubs they could find. The birds search with their rubbery long bills for their prey.
The White and brown bird is an older juvenile. These birds are a cocoa brown and white color as babies and gradually turn white as they age. The White Ibis are flock birds. I often joke that there are a “Herd” of ibis on the lawn as they tend to walk around in groups that resemble how cattle walk. Yes, a group of Ibis are really known as a flock.
These ibis roost as a flock, together in trees. Usually their roost is in lower tree branches over swamp wetlands where American Alligators patrol. Alligators below the roosts help the birds stay safe from Coyotes and Bobcats. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!
This charming Wood Stork was hanging out with the Canada Geese and Egyptian Geese on the shoreline of Lake Paradise in The Villages a few days ago in the early evening. I have been occasionally seeing Wood Storks here recently but they are not common in the area.
The Wood Storks reportedly will fly up to 80 miles from their roosting nests to find food. These birds nest in tall trees over shallow water in marshes and swamps. The water under the nests prevents raccoons from eating the chicks or eggs when nests are occupied with young birds. I have not seen any Wood Stork nests here in our area. These birds have recently been on the endangered species lists so they are protected by law.
Wood Storks scoop up small fish, frogs, baby turtles, aquatic snails and some vegetation and seeds with their sturdy big bills. They do best on natural food and should not be fed by visitors to the park lakes. Wood Storks are pleasant quiet and in my opinion, charming, wild exotic birds. They are a real treasure! Please see the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!