Anhinga on flooded Lake Mira-mar
I took these pictures on Sunday evening at twilight here in The Villages, FL. The pictures were taken at Lake Mira-mar and at near Boone Park on Lake Paradise. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
White Ibis on Lake Mira-mar at Veteran’s Park area
Mottled Ducks at Boone Park, Flooded Kim Street
Great Egret on Lake Paradise from near Boone Park
White Ibis at Lake Mira-mar
I spotted these water birds last weekend in The Villages, Fl at Lake Mira-mar at Spanish Springs, and the lovely little golf course pond at El Santiago Golf Course on Enrique Drive. Both spots are places I often can spot a few (or more) water birds and wading birds such as White Ibis, Sandhill Cranes, Snowy Egrets, and Anhingas. The golf course was being worked on and golf was not happening while I was there.
By the way, I occasionally spot Wood Storks and Bald Eagles at the area around the El Santiago golf course pond. It is a pleasure to visit the pond on Enrique Drive and try to see if there are eagles or storks around. The eagles are sometimes spotted up on the electric line towers there at the course, and about a block or two down the street. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Sandhill Cranes at the El Santiago Golf Course near the pond
A Snowy Egret hunts in the pond-side grass at the El Santiago Golf Course Pond
An Anhinga Dries off at the El Santiago Golf Course Pond
Osprey on Enrique Dr. near Golf Course
I took all of these pictures here in The Villages, FL during the past two weeks. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. By the way, the lakes here in The Villages are now full or nearly so! Hooray! Enjoy!
Sandhill Crane on CR 466 near Morse Blvd.
Anhinga at Freedom Pointe Lake
Black Bellied Whistling Ducks at Schwartz Park on Lake Paradise
White Ibis at Lake Mira-mar
Wood Stork at Lake Mira-mar
Here are the last of the photographs I took last week at the Sharon Wiechens Nature Preserve in The Villages, FL. I saw a Great Blue Heron; the bill and neck of an Anhinga bird peeking out of the murky canal water in front of the lake; a Coot; and a male Boat-tailed Grackle. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Boat-tailed Grackle (male)
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Water is all around us here in lovely Florida! I live in a county with many ponds and lakes. Our community has many man-made park lakes and ponds. Here are some of the beautiful big birds that visit the shores of these community lakes here in The Villages, Florida. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo. Enjoy.
Note: We will be having a hurricane (tropical cyclone or typhoon as it is called elsewhere) come by our state on Friday. I live right in the center of the peninsula about 60 miles from the coastline. If the weather is not terrible and we have power I will post as normal on Friday. If not, well, there is a great reason. I will let you know what happens around here (I do not expect it to be bad at all).
Here are a bunch of pictures of various water birds that I photographed last night at twilight at the lovely little Lake Paradise from the shoreline of Paradise Park in The Villages, FL.
I enjoyed my vacation. I was in California visiting my family and attending a wedding. I did not take many pictures at all on the trip. We thankfully just missed all the terrible floods in Louisiana by only 2 days! We actually drove through areas that just days later, were under water. I hope you will remember the communities in Louisiana who have suffered the floods in your thoughts and prayers.
Happily I saw a new family of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks there at Lake Paradise along with many Canada Geese, White Ibis, Mallards and Florida Mottled Ducks. There also were a few Anhingas, and a Snowy Egret.
I did miss seeing all of the big birds on my trip. I did see a California Sea-lion, a Jack Rabbit, and a flock of wild “Freeway chickens” on Highway 99 up in Northern California above Sacramento. All in all, a great trip!
Anhingas and Double Crested Cormorants both are fairly commonly seen here in Central Florida lakes and ponds during the Winter months. Both are water birds that fly as well as swim, dive, and stand or walk on the shoreline. Anhingas prefer fresh water and Cormorants are seen in both fresh and salt water. Both birds are meat eaters.
The Anhinga is a larger bird than the Double Crested Cormorant. Anhingas have a long sword-like bill while the Double Crested Cormorants have a shorter slightly thicker bill with a slight hook at the tip. The Anhinga has a honey brown throat and some streaky white feathers on the tail and back. The Double Crested Cormorant is very dark brown with the orange-yellow feet and bill.
Anhingas tend to roost in tall trees such as the Cypress Tree. Anhingas are often solitary or with a mate while cormorants tend to be more of flock group birds. I photographed both of these kinds of birds here in the past month. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Double Crested Cormorants
Double Crested Cormorants with Pelicans
Close-up of the Bill of an Anhinga
Double Crested Cormorants
Anhinga (left) and Cormorant