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Almost Wordless Wildlife

Mallard Ducks

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of each of these photos I recently took here in The Villages, Florida.  Enjoy!

Belted Kingfisher

American White Pelicans & Sea Gulls

Snowy Egrets & Double-crested Cormorants

 

Drake Lesser Scaup Duck

White Ibis

Anhinga

Alligators & Anhingas

Anhinga

Alligators and Anhingas are sometimes spotted here in The Villages, FL in or along the shoreline of various smaller ponds and lakes.  The ‘Gators are mostly located in places where they are not a threat to people under normal circumstances.  It is best to stay far away from Alligators and be especially careful when walking near ponds, lakes or springs during early morning and late afternoon hours.

Anhingas are lovely medium-sized water birds that have pointed long bills, a snake-like neck and an oval body.  They have piano-key like markings on their wings when their wings are spread open.  Anhingas often are seen with just their neck and head above the water fishing, or are perched on a branch or inlet pipe drying their spread-out wings.  Anhingas cannot fly if their wings are wet.  Anhingas eat fish, frogs and crayfish mostly.

The easiest way to tell the difference between an Anhinga and a Cormorant is that the Anhinga has the straight sharp bill, while the Cormorant’s bill has a slight hook at the end and is thicker.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Anhinga

Anhinga

 

 

Anhinga

Alligator

Alligator

Wild Wordless Wednesday!

White Ibis

I took these photos last week in The Villages, Florida.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo.  Enjoy!

Anhingas and a Snowy Egret

Wood Stork

Great Blue Heron

 

 

Great Blue Heron

 

Great Egret

Wood Stork

Great Egret

A Suburban Pond

Palm Warbler

Little Blue Heron

Anhinga

 

These two small ponds are on CR-466 in The Villages next to and near the Walmart’s parking lot.  I took these pictures on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019.  That ‘Gator looks to be about 9’ long by the way.  I took the photographs from the opposite shore of this pond! I have taken pictures at this location several times in the last few years.

In addition to the Alligator, there were two Little Blue Herons, a Try-colored Heron, a Great Egret, a Pied-billed Grebe, and two Anhingas.  Pretty amazing to see all that wildlife so close to commercial enterprises and parking lots!

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy

Pied-billed Grebe

Little Blue Heron

Great Egret

 

Tri-colored Heron

Anhinga

Alligator

Bird Watching at Dusk

Whistling Ducks, a Glossy Ibis, and Mallard Ducks

Newly hatched Canada goslings, Snowy Egret, Great Egret, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Mallard Ducks, a Glossy Ibis, an Anhinga, and a tree full of Great Blue Herons were all spotted here in The Villages during the past two evenings at twilight.

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the very slightly larger version of the picture.  Wishing everyone who celebrates, a happy Passover, and a most happy Easter!

Great Egret and Anhinga

Great Egret Roosting

Newly Hatched Canada Goslings

 

Snowy Egret

Great Blue Heron Rookery

Great Blue Heron Rookery

More Lake Apopka Wildlife

Blue-winged Teal Ducks
(The drake has the half moon white marking on his cheeks)

Blue-winged Teal Ducks, Great Blue Herons, Coots, Snowy Egrets, and a Limpkin were all spotted at the North Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive on the shore of Lake Apopka in Apopka, Florida on March 3, 2019.

This wildlife drive is along levees and a one-way dirt road past the fresh water marshes, lake shore, and canals of the former farm land along the huge lake.  The drive is open Fridays through Sundays and is free of charge.  This whole area is chock-full of wildlife with wading birds and alligators being the starring attractions!  I highly recommend visiting this area if in Central Florida (about 30 miles from Orlando).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Great Egret

Female Anhinga

Common Moorhen

 

Limpkin

A flock of Common Coots

Great Blue Heron

Almost Wordless Wednesday!

An Anhinga hanging on for dear life in high winds

I took these photographs here in The Villages, FL, during this past weekend at the Freedom Pointe Lakes.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Snowy Egret

Wood Stork

Great and Snowy Egrets

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