These birds, turtles, and the alligator were all spotted here in The Villages, FL on Sunday afternoon. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Wood Stork, Double-crested Cormorants, Mallard Ducks
Double-crested Cormorants, White Pelicans
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
Please click on the thumbnail image of these pictures I took this past week here in The Villages, Florida. As ever, enjoy!
Drake Ring-Necked Duck
Drake Ring-Necked Ducks
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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
Hacienda Harry the Alligator
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!
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.
Anhinga in Flight
Little Blue Heron