A Great Egret in the Cypress Tree, a Tri-color Heron, an Anhinga, a juvenile White Ibis with a Little Blue Heron were all spotted at Freedom Pointe Lake and at the nearby Hacienda Golf Course pond here in The Villages, FL on a recent afternoon. All are interesting birds!
The egrets were up in the trees due to it being cloudy with a very good chance of thunderstorms to happen (it did rain about a half-hour later). These birds were very close to the multi-modal golf cart paths that skirt many ponds and lakes here. It affords me a good chance to spot birds up close. Handy for taking pictures! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy
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
Hacienda Harry the Alligator
Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy! P.S. My community is not in the hurricane area so no worries here. I appreciate your thoughts and prayers for the “Panhandle” of Florida where the big hurricane will come ashore later today – Linda (“Wildlifewatcher”).
Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of each of the photographs I took on Monday night here in The Villages, Florida. Enjoy!
Mallard Duck (drake)
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.
Anhinga in Flight
Little Blue Heron
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