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Common Moorhens

Common Moorhens

Florida Native Mottled Duck

Florida Native Mottled Duck

Anhinga

Anhinga

Wading birds, and waterfowl are favorites of mine.  I like observing the big waders such as herons, and egrets.  I am also fond of Anhingas, and many kinds of ducks.  Here are several snapshots I took in the past couple of weeks that I hope you will enjoy!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that picture.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Anhinga Submerged (Hunting)

Anhinga Submerged (Hunting)

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret and Little Blue Heron

Great Egret and Little Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Anhingas and Dora Canal Scenery

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Anhingas are wonderful large birds that almost look as if they are living dinosaurs.  They closely resemble the Cormorants.  They are water birds and also are quite at home sunning themselves in trees here in Florida. The Anhingas eat small aquatic animals, and larger insects.

I took these pictures of several Anhingas while gliding through the oh-so-beautiful and tropical wonderland that is the Dora Canal.  The Dora Canal is just off of Lake Eustis in Central Florida.  I highly recommend that if you are in this area, you take a boat tour through this short canal.  There are commercial tours, and boat rentals.  I went as a guest on my friend’s boat.

Most of the canal is in a natural state but dotted here and there, are a few mobile home resorts along the shore.  This canal has Alligators, Herons, Egrets, Anhingas, Osprey, Moorhens, Turtles, and several other species of wildlife.  There is a lot of tropical foliage and beautiful, towering Cypress Trees.   The photo of the row of Cypress Tree trunks may have been taken  en-route to the Dora Canal.   I took these pictures from the water while seated in an open top pontoon boat.  The pictures were taken on Friday, April 25, 2014.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Haynes Creek Canal & Burrell Lock

 

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Cormorants, Great Blue Herons, a Limpkin, Turtles, a Little Blue Heron,  and Moorhens were all active and easily spotted at the Haynes Creek Canal in Lake County, Florida near Eustis, Mt. Dora and Tavares.  This creek has a canal portion with a lock.  It was a lot of fun to go through the lock. This is called the Burrell Lock and Dam.  It is between Lake Garnett and Lake Eustis.  It may be best to inquire ahead about open hours and boat sizes if desiring to transit this lock.

This canal is just teaming with wildlife!  I have also been told that the fishing is good here as well.   Haynes Creek has a lot of Water Lilies and aquatic plants.  The area is mostly wilderness but once in a while there are homes or a small marina, along the creek.  I took these pictures on Friday, April 25, 2014.   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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