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Alligators & Anhingas

Anhinga

Alligators and Anhingas are sometimes spotted here in The Villages, FL in or along the shoreline of various smaller ponds and lakes.  The ‘Gators are mostly located in places where they are not a threat to people under normal circumstances.  It is best to stay far away from Alligators and be especially careful when walking near ponds, lakes or springs during early morning and late afternoon hours.

Anhingas are lovely medium-sized water birds that have pointed long bills, a snake-like neck and an oval body.  They have piano-key like markings on their wings when their wings are spread open.  Anhingas often are seen with just their neck and head above the water fishing, or are perched on a branch or inlet pipe drying their spread-out wings.  Anhingas cannot fly if their wings are wet.  Anhingas eat fish, frogs and crayfish mostly.

The easiest way to tell the difference between an Anhinga and a Cormorant is that the Anhinga has the straight sharp bill, while the Cormorant’s bill has a slight hook at the end and is thicker.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Anhinga

Anhinga

 

 

Anhinga

Alligator

Alligator

A Wild Wordless Wednesday!

 

These pictures were taken on December 10, 2019 in The Villages, FL at the Freedom Pointe Lake ponds.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

 

A Suburban Pond

Palm Warbler

Little Blue Heron

Anhinga

 

These two small ponds are on CR-466 in The Villages next to and near the Walmart’s parking lot.  I took these pictures on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019.  That ‘Gator looks to be about 9’ long by the way.  I took the photographs from the opposite shore of this pond! I have taken pictures at this location several times in the last few years.

In addition to the Alligator, there were two Little Blue Herons, a Try-colored Heron, a Great Egret, a Pied-billed Grebe, and two Anhingas.  Pretty amazing to see all that wildlife so close to commercial enterprises and parking lots!

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

Pied-billed Grebe

Little Blue Heron

Great Egret

 

Tri-colored Heron

Anhinga

Alligator

A Snowy Egret, A Crane, An Alligator and More!

Snowy Egret

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!

Sandhill Crane

Kildeer

Alligator

 

Cooter Turtles

Wood Stork, Double-crested Cormorants, Mallard Ducks

Double-crested Cormorants, White Pelicans

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

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

 

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