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Whistlers on Wednesday

These Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, or “Whistlers” were spotted here in The Villages, FL in a grassy area just coming out of a golf cart tunnel near Lake Sumter and Morse.  I took the pictures at about 6:00pm last night.  These are such cheery cute ducks that I always enjoy seeing them.  The small flock was grazing on tasty insects as the grass had just recently been cut and it had rained a little earlier in the day.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

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Our Egrets

Cattle Egret

Egrets are resident birds here in The Villages, FL area.  We have a lot of small lakes and ponds and tiny creeks here with plenty of food for these birds.  Of course, the Cattle Egrets come and go and are mainly seen near the few horse and cattle ranches we have in the overall community.  We tend to have more Great Egrets here than Snowy or Cattle Egrets.  All are meat or insect eating birds.   There also are Reddish Egrets in the region but I have only spotted one here in The Villages and that was months ago.

The largest of these three kinds of egrets is the Great Egret which is perhaps three feet tall.  The smallest of these egrets is the Snowy Egret, with the Cattle Egret in the mid-range.  I took these pictures at various times this year here in The Villages, primarily on Lake Mira-mar, Lake Paradise, and Freedom Pointe Lake.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!  P.S.  The community’s archery range will reopen today for the first time since Hurricane Irma damaged it a bit.  Hooray!

 

Snowy Egret

Great Egret and Snowy Egrets

Great Egret

Ibis, Herons, and a Snowy

Tri-colored Heron

These White Ibis were laying down which I had never seen before.  Generally when resting, these wading birds perch in trees.  Amazing.  I suspect this behavior helps protect the birds during hurricanes as maybe they lay under shrubbery to stay out of the high winds.  Who knows?  The photographs were taken last weekend here in The Villages, FL.  I also spotted the Trio-colored-colored Heron and Great Blue Heron at Lake Mira-mar.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Great Blue Heron

White Ibis

Snowy Egret

Almost Wordless Wed.

Great Blue Heron

A nice bunch of members of the heron family of wading birds was spotted in the past few days here in The Villages, Florida on Lake Mira-mar, Freedom Pointe Lake, and Lake Paradise.  Please click on the thumbnail images to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Tri-colored Heron

Little Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Egrets

 

These Great Egrets were spotted in The Villages, Florida at El Santiago Golf Pond, Silver Lake Recreation Center Pond, and Lake Paradise near Schwartz Park and Boone Park.  I took these pictures this past weekend.  Some of the areas are harder to get to still due to minor flooding, but more areas are opening up once again.

The Great Egrets eat small fish, frogs, turtles, baby alligators, mice, lizards, baby birds, and snakes (and other small critters).  They fish with their long sharp yellow bills and spear their prey.  These birds are mostly wading birds but they do hunt on land in shrubbery and on lawns at times.  Great Egrets are white with yellow bills, black legs and black feet.  They are among the tallest of the egrets.   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

 

Wood Storks

Wood Storks are seen here in The Villages, FL every now and then.  They fly together in small flocks and stay for several days.  These larger wading birds eat grains, small fish, frogs, small tender turtles, small alligators, and aquatic snails.

We have had minor flooding here and I spotted a pair of these Wood Storks strolling down flooded Kim Street at Boone Park on Lake Paradise earlier this evening.  The storks were accompanied by a Great Egret, a Little Blue Heron and several Mottled Ducks.  The other stork was spotted in the parking lot at the flooded Lake Mira-mar in The Villages.  I had to take several of the pictures from quite a distance because of the flooded Boone Park and Kim Street areas (the other bird, which was at Lake Mira-mar, was quite close to our golf cart).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

Almost Wordless Wednesday

Anhinga on flooded Lake Mira-mar

I took these pictures on Sunday evening at twilight here in The Villages, FL.  The pictures were taken at Lake Mira-mar and at near Boone Park on Lake Paradise.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

White Ibis on Lake Mira-mar at Veteran’s Park area

Mottled Ducks at Boone Park, Flooded Kim Street

Great Egret on Lake Paradise from near Boone Park

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