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Wading Birds & Bird of Prey in Flight

Little Blue Herons

These birds were spotted here in Central Florida in the last several months at various spots.  I love to see larger birds flying!  Very beautiful.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Wood Stork

Snowy Egret

Mississippi Kite

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Waterfowl at Lake Mira-mar in The Villages, FL

Today’s almost wordless Wednesday offering is view of the White Ibis flock, a Wood Stork with the White Ibis, Mallard/Mottled Duck hybrids, a couple of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, a Great Egret, and a Canada Goose.  All were at the little Lake Mira-mar at Spanish Springs, The Villages, FL, a few days ago. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

Wood Storks at Lake Mira-Mar in The Villages

This pair of Wood Storks was spotted last Thursday afternoon on the park shore-line of little Lake Mira-mar in The Villages, FL at Spanish Springs.  The storks were just hanging out along with a mob of White Ibis and several Mottled Ducks and Black-bellied Whistling Ducks.

The Wood Storks are here several times a year and this spot seems to be a favorite of theirs.  One Wood Stork was up near the parking lot and the other was close to the little dock area.  I always enjoy seeing these serene big exotic wading birds!  I believe the one closest to the parking area is an older stork.  The Wood Storks live about 12 years or so.  Their head gets covered with hard bony like growths and their bill gets darker as they age.  Always a treat to see the Wood Storks!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

Water Bird Wednesday: The Differences Between Cormorants & Anhingas

Cormorants

Cormorants are mostly seen in groups or even in large flocks while Anhinga birds are seen by themselves or a mate (occasionally in a small flock but spread-out).  The Cormorants often travel with White Pelicans to hunt fish cooperatively.

The Cormorants have a chunky thick body and a slight hook to the end of their bill.  Anhingas have a thinner body and have a thin sword-like bill.  Female Anhingas have a light brown ruff of feathers on the underside of their neck.  Both birds are diving birds and their appearance in the water when surfacing is snake-like.  Both bird must spread their wings to dry them after diving.  Both are great fliers and perch in water-front trees.

The Anhingas are considered to be tropical birds and are most often here in Florida or very near.  The Cormorants can be found in many places throughout the United States.

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

Anhinga

Cormorant

Anhinga

 

Cattle Egrets!

A flock of Cattle Egrets were spotted on the grassy banks of the ponds at the Souliere Villas in The Villages, Florida a few days ago.  This area has recently been developed and there are still several open fields there.  The area is also pretty close to small horse farms, too.  Cattle Egrets are usually found near horse or cattle pastures as they dine on insects attracted by the livestock.

These are medium-sized white-colored egrets that have a distinctive mustard yellow streak on their back near the neck and head.  They also have a yellow bill.  This flock was lounging and roosting among the scrubby low trees on the edge of the two man-made water retention ponds.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Wading Bird Wednesday

Snowy Egret

This Snowy Egret was hanging out near the shore of little Lake Mira-mar at Spanish Springs in The Villages, Florida.  After a few minutes it flew over to another area of the lake where it was joined by an adult White Ibis.

The Trip-colored Heron was spotted at the Freedom Pointe Lake while the Great Blue Heron was seen at a water retention pond area at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course near the driving range pond there.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Great Blue Heron

 

Snowy Egret

White Ibis and Snowy Egret

Tri-colored Heron

White Pelican, Cormorants, Heron, Egrets, Egyptian Geese and Ducks

Double-crested Cormorants at the Freedom Pointe Lake

Wading birds, ducks, exotic geese, cormorants, and egrets were all spotted in The Villages, FL this past weekend.  It was so fun to see five resident White Pelicans at the Nancy Lopez course.  Those pelicans have now been here for the past three years and apparently do not migrate North with the hundreds of other White Pelicans that spend the Winter here.

Bird watching is such a pleasant hobby!  I so enjoy sharing the views of the many different birds here in The Villages with you via this blog.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Great Blue Heron at the Freedom Pointe Lake

Great Egret at the Glenview Country Club decorative  pond

Snowy Egret at the La Hacienda Golf Course Pond

 

Egyptian Geese at Nancy Lopez Driving Range Pond

White Pelican and Cormorants at the Nancy Lopez Driving Range Pond

Florida Mottled Ducks at the Nancy Lopez Driving Range Pond

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