This American Purple Gallinule was hunkered down among the reeds on the shoreline of Lake Griffin at the Bourlay Nature Park in Leesburg, Florida on April 19, 2018 at about 6:00pm. I spotted the bird because it got spooked by the presence of an American Alligator circling around in the shallows of the lake near where the gallinule was hidden.
The Purple Gallinule that I photographed is a male and it sure is handsome with bright blue and purple feathers, a red-orange fleshy area over its beak, and bright yellow legs and feet. The Purple Gallinule resembles the Common Moorhens and the Common Coots. The Purple Gallinules often are spotted in shallow waters on the shoreline of lakes, striding around on top of lily pads and reed mats. It has long thin toes which help it stay balanced on tippy floating leaves. By the way, this is only the second Purple Gallinule I have ever spotted. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
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!
Mature White Pelican
White Pelicans, an American Alligator, Egyptian Geese, Sea Gulls, and a lot of Double Crested Cormorants all were spotted here in The Villages, Florida on the lovely little lake behind Freedom Pointe off of El Camino yesterday at Noon. Don’t worry, that ‘Gator seemed to be a smaller one! The alligators often can be seen here in the lakes and larger ponds. The pelicans and cormorants are migratory visitors to the area but the geese, egret and ibises are year-around residents. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
White Pelicans and Double Crested Cormorants
Cormorants and Pelicans