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Birds Ducks and Waterfowl at Paradise Park


Please click on each thumbnail image of wildlife at Lake Paradise in The Villages, Florida, to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  I took these photos a few days ago.  Enjoy!

Drake Mallard Ducks

Great Blue Heron

Double-crested Cormorant


A Visit to the Sharon Rose Wiechens Nature Preserve

Great Blue Heron

A couple of days ago at dusk, I went to the Sharon Rose Wiechens Nature Preserve here in The Villages, Florida.  It was the first time I have been to the preserve since Hurricane Irma.  Not much has changed except for one large tree being cut down.

While at the preserve I spotted Common Coots, a few Common Moorhens, a few Boat-tailed Grackles,  a few Red-winged Blackbirds, and toward the end of our visit, a pair of Sandhill Cranes, a Great Blue Heron , and a flock of ducks that suddenly appeared way up in the sky flying Northward.  The preserve is a lovely spot and I am glad to have been there again.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

A Common Coot

Boat-tailed Grackles

Male Red-winged Blackbird


Sandhill Cranes

A male Common Moorhen

A Flock of Ducks

Pelicans and Cormorants at Rest and Roost

Double-crested Cormorants roosting in the Live Oak Tree

American White Pelicans and Double-crested Cormorants were spotted at dusk at the lovely Freedom Pointe Lake and parking lot of the assisted living complex in The Villages, Florida on Friday, March 2, 2018.  The gigantic old Live Oaks around the lake-front parking lot have been the roosting place for the migratory Double-crested Cormorants each Winter.  The asphalt of the parking lot under the trees also tells the tale that yes, many birds have roosted there for months now!  This spot is an annual location for the cormorants.  By the way, due to the increasingly darker skies, I have lightened up the photographs so you can more easily see the cormorants in the trees.

An Eastern point of the shoreline of the lake is where most of the flock of White Pelicans also congregate to spend the evening resting on the ground.  Sometimes though, the flock chooses the opposite point of the shore.  Both are favorite spots to see these pelicans in the late afternoon or early evening during the Winter months.  I sure enjoy bird watching at this lake!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of each picture.  Enjoy!

American White Pelicans



A Flock of Glossy Ibis With Whistlers

This flock of Glossy Ibis were hanging out on the side of a freshwater marsh and golf course area here in The Villages, FL early this evening at about 5:00pm.  This is the first time I have ever seen these two types of birds together.  I also have never seen so many Glossy Ibis in one spot.  These birds are a dark mahogany brown with blue-green accents and are oh-so-pretty!  The Glossy Ibis’ feathers really shine in a metallic way when in breeding plumage (now).

The ducks are nearly the same color as the ibis.  I also saw a scant few Mallards and some crows there too.  A beautiful pair of Sandhill Cranes (photographs will be posted here in coming days) joined in the feeding frenzy.  There must have been some really tasty stuff there – perhaps duck chow grain from a neighbor?  Who can say.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Wordless Wednesday: Whistlers

Please click on the thumbnail version of each photograph of the Black-bellied Whistling Ducks to see the slightly larger version of that picture.  Enjoy!

Double-Crested Cormorants

Double Crested Cormorants are frequently here on our ponds and lakes in the winter months here in The Villages, Florida.  These birds enjoy the warm weather quite a lot and around ponds, lakes, rivers, and both fresh and salt water marsh-lands.  Some of these cormorants are natives here but many are migrants from places north of us.  I also have spotted Double-Crested Cormorants at marina docks on the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico at Cedar Key here in Florida.

These water birds dive for fish, frogs, baby alligators, tender soft-shelled turtles and larger aquatic insects and aquatic mollusks.  At times, Double-crested Cormorants are mixed in near the White Pelicans here.  The Double-Crested Cormorants are similar in looks to the slightly smaller Anhinga birds.  The Anhingas have a straight bill while there is a downward hook to the tip of the bill on the Double-Crested Cormorants.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Diving for a bit of food

Migratory American White Pelicans

White Pelicans at Freedom Pointe Lake

These American White Pelicans were spotted at Freedom Pointe Lake and the Torri Pines Golf Pond here in The Villages Florida a week ago.  There are pelicans at several spots here this month.  The White Pelicans love our warm winter weather and have come from the Mid-western U.S.A. to spend a few months each year.

Pelicans eat fish primarily but also will enjoy baby alligators, frogs, and smaller soft shell turtles.  They fish by working cooperatively to encircle fish and then scoop them into their bill pouch.  At times, the Double-crested Cormorants also work well with the pelicans to get their fish dinners.  Most of the little lakes and ponds have plenty of food for the flocks of these big birds!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of each photo.   Enjoy!

American White Pelicans at Torri Pines Golf Course Pond

American White Pelican in Flight at Freedom Pointe Lake

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