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
Anhingas, Monarch Butterflies, Turtles, and Anole Lizards were all spotted at the very lovely Fenney Springs Nature Trail along the springs on the boardwalk. Such a lovely spot! I have also spotted egrets, a Great Blue Heron, and songbirds on previous visits. One lady mentioned she had seen a small alligator previously there at the springs (there is a pond nearby).
The area is next to a new regional community recreation center and park in the newer area of The Villages. The developer has taken care to leave a lot of natural area within the subdivision. I enjoy visiting this beautiful and oh-so-serene spot under large Live Oaks. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Canada Geese and their goslings, Anhingas, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, hybrid Mallard Ducks, Grey Squirrels, a medium-sized turtle, and a Great Blue Heron were all spotted at twilight on Saturday at Lake Paradise in The Villages, Florida.
You may be able to spot the goslings in one photo I took. That family of geese was on the opposite far shoreline so I had to edit the picture quite a bit to get a good look at the fluff-ball babies. There also were a few Black-bellied Whistling Ducks beside the proud mother and father geese. Right now it is quite around here due to nesting season and very windy weather. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
When I was taking photographs of the Purple Gallinule and the American Alligator the other day at the lovely little nature park in Leesburg, Florida, I saw a trio of Little Blue Herons. One was an adult in the typical purple-blue coloring of breeding season, one of the Little Blue Herons was a transitional older juvenile in the process of turning blue, and the last was the juvenile in white phase, which was the youngest of all three of the birds.
I also spotted four Osprey, a Great Egret, a few Anhingas, and a few small songbirds like Red-winged Blackbirds, and Common Grackles while I was at Bourlay Nature Park. This park has a short hiking trail along Lake Griffin and a small wooden pier for bird watching. There also seems to be a kayak landing area and a nature talk sitting area. There is a small parking lot and restrooms as well. This park is just about a half mile or so East of Highway 441 on Canal Street. I enjoyed about a half-hour there as it was at dusk and there were Alligators in the area. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Little Blue Herons
A Great Egret
A Red-winged Blackbird, a Common Moorhen, a pair of Sandhill Cranes, a perched Great Egret, a partially submerged Anhinga, a trio of Double-crested Cormorants, a Pied-billed Grebe; Egyptian Geese; White Ibis; and a flock of Hooded Mergansers were all spotted here in The Villages, FL, late in the afternoon on Wednesday. I also saw a most lovely Monarch Butterfly on some wild Aster flowers.
The Grey Squirrels here have become the rodent version of the ever-begging White Ibis! When we parked the golf cart at Paradise Park, I immediately had four little squirrels come begging for any kind of hand-out treat that would be given. I had to say sorry to the little cuties but someone else had already provided a few tasty peanuts. I sure wish folks would stop feeding the wildlife here! Oh well…
Such fun to get out in beautiful weather and see the birds squirrels and yes, butterflies. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that picture. Enjoy!
A hen Moorhen
Male Red-winged Blackbird
A pair of Sandhill Cranes
A Scenic View of “Larry the Gator’s Pond”
Egyptian Goose and White Ibis
A Monarch Butterfly on an Aster flower
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