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Wordless Wednesday

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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)

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!

 

 

Wiechens Preserve, Part 2

 

Tri-color Heron

Tri-color Heron

Tri-color Heron

Tri-color Heron

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes, Common Moorhens, and a gorgeous Little Blue Heron were spotted the other day at the scenic Sharon Wiechens Preserve in The Villages, Florida.  All were feeding as it was late in the afternoon while we visited.

This nice preserve is on the shore of a medium-sized lake and has been open about a year or so now.  I am amazed at the numbers of birds seen in a small area and all are wild!  The preserve has a concrete walkway, a two-floor wood observation tower deck and a wooden pier walkway that juts out into the lake quite a way and then returns in a half rectangle toward the shore.  Lots of opportunities to see ducks, moorhens, coots and the occasional egrets, herons, ibis, and Bald Eagle (eagle up on the far electric tower).

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Little Blue Heron and Common Moorhen

Little Blue Heron and Common Moorhen

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

 

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Common Moorhen

Common Moorhen

 

 

A Visit to Sharon Weichens Preserve

Tri-color Heron

Tri-color Heron

Four Glossy Ibis, a Bald Eagle, a pair of Sandhill Cranes, a Great Egret, a beautiful Tribute-colored Heron,  Sherman’s Fox Squirrels, a Grey Squirrel, Common Moorhens, and a Little Blue Heron were all spotted at the wonderful Sharon Weichens Nature Preserve here in The Villages, Florida yesterday afternoon.

It had rained (thankfully) earlier in the day so the birds were out in force gobbling up many food items that had washed into the medium-sized lake at this beautiful preserve.  I do not think I have ever spotted so many different types of birds and animals while there at the preserve.  We were there at about 3:30 in the afternoon.

That Bald Eagle looks like it is starting a nest up on the high tension line tower.  I was a long way away from the eagle and was happy I had the long lens.   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  P.S. I will post more pictures I took today in a future post.

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Grey Squirrel with a nut

Grey Squirrel with a nut

Sherman's Fox Squirrel

Sherman’s Fox Squirrel

 

 

Southern Bald Eagle

Southern Bald Eagle

Great Egret

Great Egret

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis

More Big Birds

Great Egret

Great Egret

A Great Egret ,White Ibis, and Double Crested Cormorants, and a Turkey Vulture, were spotted a few days ago.  The Ibis are numerous here in Florida and love being around the water.  The White Ibis eat aquatic snails, aquatic worms, land worm, and assorted insects. The White Ibis also will eat aquatic plants and some grains.

The Double Crested Cormorants are meat-eating birds that are water birds.  They love to follow White Pelicans and also the herons and egrets in search of food.   These birds dive into the water for fish or frogs.  The Double Crested Cormorants look quite similar to the Anhinga birds but the cormorants are a bit blockier and also have the hook on the end of their bill.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Double Crested Cormorants

Double Crested Cormorants

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

White Ibis

White Ibis

 

Some Water Birds at Tuscawilla Park

Wood Storks

Wood Storks

Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, Florida has two medium-sized ponds that have a variety of water birds, and wading birds in and around them.  I was there at Tuscawilla Park on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 in the afternoon for about five minutes.  No, I did not see hundreds of birds as I have in past visits during the Winter months.  Many birds have gone elsewhere on their migratory journey.

I did see several Great Egrets, a couple of Wood Storks, Snowy Egrets, a lot of White Ibis, a lot of Common Cormorants, a few Wood Ducks, a few Muscovy Ducks and a Great Blue Heron.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Great Egret, Snowy Egrets, and Double Crested Cormorants

Great Egret, Snowy Egrets, and Double Crested Cormorants

Juvenile White Ibis

Juvenile White Ibis

Adult White Ibis

Adult White Ibis

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