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A Cormorant with a Catch

These two Double-crested Cormorants were diving in a local pond for fish.  One was successful and the other was out of luck.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Almost Wordless Thursday: Wading Birds

Great Egret

These photos were taken last week in The Villages, FL.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Little Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron, Tri-colored Heron &  Double Crested Cormorants

Snowy Egret

 

 

 

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Great Blue Heron

Some White Ibis

White Ibis are pretty commonly seen here in The Villages, FL.  These big birds are white as adults and brown and white as juveniles.  They have blue eyes and pink legs, feet, and bills.  They eat insects, worms, grubs, as well as grains and seeds.

The most common place to see Ibis here in The Villages is at the parking lot next to Lake Mira-mar in Spanish Springs.  There is a resident flock of about sixty or so birds there.

The Ibis also will fly around the community and browse for insects on the lawns of homes here so that is something that at first seemed strange to me.  One does get used to that sight.  These are beneficial birds.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Wordless Whistlers on Wednesday

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Wild Geese!

Canada Geese

Egyptian Geese, and Canada Geese are the two types of geese seen commonly here in The Villages, FL. The Canada Geese are the larger population with some ponds seeing twenty or more individuals.  There perhaps are about fifteen Egyptian Geese here as well.

Interestingly, there are a few hybrid Canada Geese around that are likely a mix of Greylag or Chinese White and Canada.  These geese eat grass and some aquatic plants.  The also love grains.  We have a solid population of all of these geese here all year around.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Hybrid Canada Goose with Great Egret

Canada Geese

Egyptian Geese

A Pair of Southern Bald Eagles

This pair of Florida Southern Bald Eagles is one that I have photographed several times in the past year.  These eagles frequently perch on the top of the high tension electric towers on Enrique Drive near the El Santiago golf course here in The Villages, FL.  This pair is one of several pairs of the Southern Bald Eagles that are resident all year-long, here in The Villages.

I took these pictures last Saturday late in the afternoon.  It was a much cooler day than it has recently been here so the eagles probably did not mind perching on the metal much at all.  I expect that the eagles only perch on the towers during cooler times of the day.

These eagles hunt for fish, mice, rats, small ducks, coots, squirrels, smaller rabbits, and snakes among other kinds of animals.  The perch is high enough to give the eagles lots of views of the surrounding field and golf course area, in addition to neighborhood shrubbery.  I am always thrilled to spot the Bald Eagles!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

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