The Villages, Florida, has some spectacular and unexpected wildlife! River Otters, small Alligators, Great Blue Herons, freshwater turtles, Anhingas a Grey Squirrel, and a King Bird were all spotted at the scenic boardwalk area of Fenney Springs in the newer Southern section of The Villages, FL yesterday, 11/24/19.
So wonderful seeing all this while walking along a quarter-mile stretch of boardwalk above the actual springs. This park with nature preserve, is adjacent to the Fenney Recreation Center in the area near Wildwood, Florida in The Villages. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Alligators are fairly common here in Florida. Recently, I spotted Alligators in two places – a very small one in the shallows of Cherry Lake at Live Oaks Park in The Villages and an adult at what is known as “Fishing Pond” here in The Villages on Morse Blvd.
I also saw a small flock of White Ibis and a Little Blue Heron there at the Fishing Pond next to that ‘gator. Additionally, I usually see a Great Blue Heron at Freedom Pointe Lake. I was not disappointed. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
We escaped what we had feared would be a hit from Hurricane Dorian and thankfully was not. We went North to Alabama and camped at the lovely Lakepointe Resort State Park campground in Eufala, Alabama. The Eufala National Wildlife Refuge is about 3 miles from this campground so we visited the refuge several times.
We did not see many animals or birds but I think it may be that the action really happens in the Winter months. We did see a juvenile White Ibis, some wonderful Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, a few Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, a family of wild piglets with their mother (too fast to catch with my camera as they sprinted across the road) and a few really large American Alligators. We saw the woodpecker at the campground and some of the alligators and the vultures, at the state park’s marina area.
This refuge is on Lake George which is an enormous lake bordering between Alabama and Georgia. I was glad we came home to no damage and no drama. I am praying for those in The Bahamas who were in the most catastrophic part of the storm and received a lot of major damage. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Hen Common Moorhen
Scenic View of Some of the Eufala National Wildlife Refuge on Lake George
Juvenile White Ibis
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks and Ducklings
Alligators are commonly seen on the North Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive in Apopka, Florida. The alligators can be seen mostly in the former farm canals, but also some can be seen in the large lake itself. Some of the alligators I spotted when I visited on March 3, 2019, were very large!
All of the gators were either swimming in the water or were on an opposite shore so I always felt quite safe along the road when I would get out of the car to take pictures. All of the alligators are wild and one must be careful around them. Please click on the thumbnail images to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
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!
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!
Great Egret in the Distance
Close-up of the smaller Alligator’s head
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!
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!
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!
A Young Alligator
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!
Drake Mallard Ducks
Great Blue Heron
Pair of Mallard Ducks
Drake (male) Bufflehead Duck