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A Feeding Woodstork at the Golf Pond

This Wood Stork was spotted on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 on the shore of the lovely little golf course pond at the Torri Pines golf course in The Villages, FL.  I had posted this past week about several different birds spotted there during that photo-taking visits.

We have a few Wood Storks here all year around but we do see more of these big birds in the winter months.  The Wood Storks are usually seen in very small groups or as singles.  I think I have only seen a larger group of maybe around a dozen Wood Storks together once here.  Wood Storks mostly will hunt by scooping with their large sturdy bill into the water or softer mud.  They eat small aquatic animals, aquatic insects, aquatic mollusks and these birds will occasionally eat grains roots and seeds.

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

Wordless Wednesday: Whistling Ducks!

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of these photographs of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks at Lake Paradise in The Villages, FL, that I took yesterday.  Enjoy!

 

White Pelicans

White Pelicans were seen on Freedom Pointe lake, which is the size of a very large pond, this afternoon.  It looks as though a lot of molting is going on, doesn’t it?  Those are white feathers all over the ground.  There is usually a big gathering every winter of these younger White Pelicans at this particular lake.

The pelicans had a few Double-crested Cormorants, some Seagulls, a few White Ibis, and a lone Snowy Egret along with them today.  I also noticed a pair of Egyptian Geese on the very far shore (not photographed).  This spot is usually a good place to view the pelicans in Jan. and Feb.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Mixed Waterfowl

 

Hooded Merganser ducks

Hooded Mergansers, and Double-crested Cormorants were spotted at the pond in the Silverlake Community Center’s small park area here in The Villages, FL this past week.  I also spotted a small flock of Lesser Scaup ducks at the nearby Lake Paradise right at Paradise Park in The Villages.

I just am wowed by the huge variety of water birds we have here in The Villages during the winter months!  This bunch of scaups have become used to people and behave like typical park ducks begging for, and receiving hand-outs (please do not feed bread to ducks as it is not the healthiest for them).  Someone was flinging bread cubes to the seagulls and the ducks rushed over to get in on that action.

Most wild ducks are very wary of people so this behavior of coming near the shore when people are around is unusual in migratory birds. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Drake (male) Lesser Scaup

Double-crested Cormorant

A pair of Lesser Scaup ducks

Almost Wordless Wednesday: The Whistlers in Flight

These Black-bellied Whistling Ducks flew over Schwartz Park on Lake Paradise in The Villages, FL, a couple of days ago late in the afternoon.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Egyptian Geese on a Chilly Afternoon

Egyptian Geese were spotted at the lovely Boone Park on Lake Paradise in The Villages, FL on an unusually chilly afternoon on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018.  This quartet is a part of a small number of these exotic imported geese whose ancestors originally hail from North Africa.  I would expect that these particular geese were born here in Florida.  The Egyptian Geese are closely related to the Shellducks who they closely resemble.  The Egyptian Geese are small geese.  They are beautiful.

The quartet tried to approach our golf cart at the side of the road (this probably is a learned begging response such as the Ibises around here have).  I do not feed wild larger birds (I occasionally do feed songbirds).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

Wordless Wednesday: Double Crested Cormorants

Please click on each thumbnail picture of the Double-crested Cormorants (and a pair of Hooded Mergansers in the background) to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

 

 

Common Moorhens and Common Coots

A Pair of Common Moorhens

Both the Common Moorhens and the Common Coots are here in The Villages, FL during the winter months.  We also have moorhens here all year long but do have many more around in the winter.

Common Moorhens show different coloring between the genders while mostly the coots are just a charcoal black.  Moorhen drakes are also charcoal while the hens are a brown color.  Moorhens have a fleshy red growth on their faces and the coots have a white growth.  Both types are members of the Rail family of water birds.  Both look like a cross between a chicken and a duck.  Moorhens and coots live in marshes, lakes, ponds, and slow streams.  The coots and moorhens are good at flight.  The coots form “Rafts” which are huge numbers of birds paddling together on a body of water.  Coots are more flock birds while the Moorhens are often in pairs or small groups.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Common Coot

A Raft of Common Coots

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Up Close

Yes, I kept a safe and appropriate distance from these birds and animals (Burros were photographed last Summer in Custer State Park, South Dakota).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Waterfowl

Mallard and Hybrid Mallard Mottled Ducks

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Hybrid Male Mallard and Florida Mottled Duck

Common Coot

Lesser Scaup Drake (male)

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