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Wordless Wed. North Lake Apopka

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photograph.  These were taken on 9-1-18 at North Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive in Apopka, FL.  Enjoy!

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Sharon Rose Wiechens Nature Preserve at Dusk

An Anhinga drying its wings

Two smallish Alligators, two Anhinga birds, a beautiful blue Dragonfly, a Common Moorhen, and a lone Great Egret were the reptiles, birds, and insect I spotted at the Sharon Rose Wiechens Nature Preserve here in The Villages, FL, last evening around 6:30pm.

One of the Alligators was perhaps six feet long which was the one seen swimming in deeper water in the lake.  The other Alligator was probably around four to five feet in size and was sitting right under the edge of the raised boardwalk (people were very safe from the ‘Gator).

I always enjoy visiting this preserve and no two visits are alike.  Always different critters and yes, many more aquatic plants in the lake near the shore now, as compared to even a year ago!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Common Moorhen

Larger Alligator

Great Egret in the Distance

 

Smaller Alligator

Close-up of the smaller Alligator’s head

Dragonfly

Other Wildlife

Alligators, butterflies, dragonflies and squirrels are some of the wildlife living here in my area that are not birds.  I spend most of my nature observation time looking for birds but I also appreciate the other critters!  We have both Grey Squirrels and the Sherman’s Fox Squirrels here but the Grey Squirrels are the most commonly seen between the two.  We also have Cotton-tail Rabbits, a variety of snakes and lizards and a few Coyotes and perhaps seldom seen, a Bobcat.

Alligators are here in most of the ponds and lakes.   I often spot the butterflies and dragonflies in the preserves and of course in neighborhood yards and gardens. Always a beautiful sight!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Almost Wordless Wednesday: American Alligator

This  young alligator was seen in The Villages, FL at a golf course pond.  Alligators are common in Florida in fresh water marshes, ponds, and lakes.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Back to the Shopping Center Ponds Part 2 of 2

 

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While I was at the shopping center ponds the other day, I also spotted turtles, a couple of alligators, and an Anhinga perched up in a small tree right next to the shore of the pond.  These were in addition to the Great Egret, pair of Hooded Mergansers, a Common Moorhen (red flesh over its bill), and the Common Coot.  I ran out of room on Friday’s post, so I’ll show photos of these animals today.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

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A Visit to the Shopping Center Ponds

A Young Alligator

A Young Alligator

Coot

Coot

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Alligators, Little Blue Heron, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, Bufflehead Duck, Mallard Ducks, Common Moorhens, Anhingas, Pied-billed Grebe, and Common Coots all were spotted at two small ponds right next to a small shopping center area near The Villages, Florida on Highway 466.  Yes, right next to the Walmart!  I took these pictures yesterday afternoon (Jan. 14, 2016).  I have taken pictures at these ponds several different times in the last year.  There often is wildlife to be seen there.

I am amazed at how well wildlife copes with all the new development.  I am glad these wetlands, though tiny, were saved!  I spotted three Alligators in the larger of the two ponds by the way and one of those was decent sized!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

Mallard Duck

Drake Mallard Ducks

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Pair of Mallard Ducks

Pair of Mallard Ducks

 

Great Egret

Great Egret

 

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

Drake (male) Bufflehead Duck

Drake (male) Bufflehead Duck

 

Common Moorhen

Common Moorhen

Alligator

Alligator

Anhinga

Anhinga

Some Birds (Plus One)

 

Common Coots

Common Coots

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

Great Egret

Great Egret

Would you believe I took all these photographs yesterday morning from sunrise through about 9:00 AM at several local marshes, and lakes in both Sumter and Lake Counties in Florida.  Amazing!  I am so lucky to live in an area where there are so many larger birds (and animals) in the wild.

Additionally, I saw Sandhill Cranes, a Limpkin, Wood Storks, a Tri-colored Heron, Great Blue Herons, Mallard Ducks, and Black-bellied Whistling Ducks.  I’ll be posting snapshots of these birds in coming posts.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version.  Enjoy!

Alligator

Alligator

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Great Egrets

Great Egrets, Snowy Egret & Common Cormorants

 

American White Ibis

American White Ibis

Osprey

Osprey

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

 

 

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