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Wordless Wednesday: Happy Halloween!

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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

Wild Wednesday: Larry The Alligator

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Larry The Alligator is a huge old American Alligator that apparently has lived in this pond for most if not all of its life.  Larry The Alligator lives in The Villages, Florida in his pond near the Paddock Square in the Brownsville area of The Villages.  The pond is a few blocks from the commercial area and is about a block from parking lots.  The pond area is fairly large and has a fence with the sign seen below.  I took the pictures a few days ago.

As you also can see from one of the photographs, the alligator caused a traffic jam of golf carts!  A major event was winding down on the square which is one of the reasons why there also were a lot of folks on the cart path there.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

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More Wildlife Sightings at the Walmart Pond

It really is a little one - American Alligator

Juvenile Alligator, Early March 2016

The area where this Walmart shopping center is located on CR 466 is generally called the “Buffalo Ridge” area near The Villages, FL. It is across the highway from the charter schools.   There are two small ponds at the right side of the shopping area and I often visit these bodies of water to spot a variety of wildlife.  By the way, the juvenile Alligator is now about four feet long!  Alligators grow quickly and especially so when there is a lot of food in their environment.

I often see Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Great Blue Herons, a Little Blue Heron, Anhingas, Coots, Moorhens, and various ducks in the two ponds.  This also is where I saw that big flock of Cattle Egrets a few weeks ago.  The larger of the two ponds is directly at the side of the Walmart parking lot.  That larger pond often has more going on as far as bird life.  Always fun to see which big birds are around!  By the way, I love love love, the pizza at NYPD Pizza, which is at the shoreline of the smaller of the two ponds!  No, they have not given me any consideration for this unofficial review!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

The Larger of the Two Ponds

Male Red-winged Blackbird

Male Red-winged Blackbird

Anhinga

Anhinga

 

 

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Double Crested Cormorant

Double Crested Cormorant

Juvenile Alligator, April 9, 2016

Juvenile Alligator, April 9, 2016

 

 

 

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