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River Wildlife, Part 1

River Otter

A River Otter; two Wild Turkeys; a Bald Eagle; about twenty Limpkins; Sandhill Cranes; Little Blue Herons; Great Blue Herons; Anhingas; Turkey and Black Vultures; Double-crested Cormorants;  a Black-crowned Night Heron; a Tri-Colored Heron; Snowy Egrets; Great Egrets; a Belted Kingfisher; Alligators; Turtles; Purple Gallinules; and Common Moorhens were all spotted during a two hour scenic boat cruise from the very beautiful Blue Springs State Park on the St. John’s River here in Florida yesterday morning.

The pontoon boat Captain drives slowly through backwater channels chock-full of wildlife!  I enthusiastically recommend this cruise!  Advance reservations are likely needed and tickets today cost $20.00 per adult plus a $6.00 per car state park day use admission fee.

Part 2 will be posted here on Monday.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Sandhill Crane on its nest

Great Blue Heron

Bald Eagle

 

Wild Turkeys

anhinga

Alligator

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Nearly Wordless Wednesday

Alligator

Please click on the thumbnail image of these pictures I took this past week here in The Villages, Florida.  As ever, enjoy!

Great Egret

Drake Ring-Necked Duck

Drake Ring-Necked Ducks

 

 

Anhinga

Glossy Ibis

Anhinga

Wordless Wednesday: Happy Halloween!

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

 

 

 

 

A Potpourri of Wildlife in The Villages, FL

Pied-billed Grebe

An American Alligator, a Pied-billed Grebe, White Ibis, a couple of Anhinga birds, a Tri-colored Heron, a couple of Great Blue Herons were spotted in The Villages, Florida last week on Monday, October 15, 2018.  I saw most of these birds at the Freedom Point Lakes on Morse Blvd.  I spotted the Alligator I call “Hacienda Harry”,  and the Anhinga in the tree, at the Hacienda Golf Course Pond on the multi-modal trail.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of each picture.  Enjoy!

Great Blue Heron

White Ibis

Tri-colored He

 

Anhinga

Hacienda Harry the Alligator

Anhinga

“Hacienda Harry”(the ‘Gator), and Friend

 

An Alligator which I am calling the ‘gator “Hacienda Harry”, and a Great Egret were spotted in the Hacienda Golf Course Pond in The Villages, Florida near the multi-modal path that leads to Panama Drive.  I have seen the alligator there in the pond several times and usually on the far end closest to the multi-modal path and the group of trees on the shore.   I saw this alligator lounging on the shoreline this afternoon (no camera) and yes, it is five feet in length.

I also spotted this Great Egret perched on the top of one of the Cypress Trees in the same area.  This bird was particularly hot as it had its bill open to cool itself.  We have a lot of small ponds and small lakes here were water birds and yes, sometimes, alligators may be spotted.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

More Lake Apopka Wildlife

Great Blue Heron

The North Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, Apopka, FL, visit last Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, was a huge success!  I enjoyed seeing a lot of birds and alligators.  Here are the last few photographs I enjoyed taking.  I hope you will enjoy seeing these beautiful birds!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.

Red-shouldered Hawk

Osprey

Anhinga in Flight

 

Little Blue Heron

Alligator

Tri-colored Heron

 

North Lake Apopka Birds (‘Gators too)

Little Blue Heron

Herons, egrets, alligators and more were spotted in Lake Apopka along The North Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive.  The drive is an absolutely wonderful bird watching spot here in Central Florida!  We visited it on Sept. 1, 2018 in the afternoon.

The North Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive is about eleven miles long on a one-way narrow dirt road that is sometimes on the top of a levy.  The wildlife is abundant!  I can only imagine what variety of birds will be there later on in the Winter months when so many birds migrate here to Florida.

I took over 100 photographs on the slow drive around the marsh.  This drive is free of charge and is fairly close to Orlando and The Villages.  It is near Apopka, FL.  I highly recommend visiting if you are in the area.  I will be sharing more photographs from my visit for this week’s blog posts.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Alligator

Great Blue Heron

 

 

 

White-phase Juvenile Little Blue Heron

View from the road with Little Blue Heron flying past in the distance

Hen Common Moorhen

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