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A Green Heron at a Wet Paynes Prairie Florida State Park

Green Heron

This Green Heron was spotted on Sunday afternoon in the flooded marshland off of FL 441 at the overlook at Paynes Prairie State Park.  We have had a lot of rain in the last week and it also rained earlier on Sunday.  I do not recall ever seeing the marshland looking like a lake before!  I also spotted a Great Egret and a male Red-winged Blackbird during our very brief visit to the overlook area.  I don’t know the name of the aquatic flower I photographed but it sure was a beautiful blossom!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Male Red-winged Blackbird

Green Heron

 

 

Green Heron

Green Heron

Temporary Lake on the Prairie

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Wordless Waterfowl Wednesday: Canada Geese

These Canada Geese and goslings were photographed this past weekend at Paradise Lake in The Villages, FL.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Wading Bird Wednesday: A Wood Stork on a Rainy Evening

I just took this photo of the Wood Stork about a half-hour ago at dusk on a very wet evening.  We have had a lot of rain and the lake is full.  The lake is being lowered to accommodate the extra rain we have been having.   I took the pictures at Lake Paradise in The Villages.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Mottled Ducklings

The Florida Mottled Ducklings have made their appearance on lovely little Lake Paradise here in The Villages, FL in recent days.  I took these photographs from Schwartz Park last Friday.  These ducks are native here in Florida and are very similar to the Mallard Ducks.

The little ducklings are adorable and are still in a very tight single file formation behind their mother.  As the ducklings grow, they will venture farther away from mother.  I enjoy watching all the baby waterfowl here on our lakes and ponds.  It has been very rainy so it is hit or miss whether or not I can get out to do much bird watching.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

The Canada Goslings Growing Up

This flock of Canada goslings was spotted at Boone Park on Lake Paradise in The Villages, FL this afternoon.  I have photographed this bunch before when they were mere yellow fluff-balls!  They sure grow fast.  I believe this group includes goslings from two sets of parents.

there were a whole lot of these birds in the shallow edge of the lake, in the shrubbery, and browsing on the lawn.  These geese eat grasses and seeds primarily.  I know the little ones won’t be little for long as they are already getting the beginnings of feathers instead of down.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Wordless Wednesday

 

Great Blue Heron

These two ponds are located next  the Walmart and NYPD Pizza, on CR 466 in the Buffalo Ridge neighborhood of The Villages, FL.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Juvenile White Ibis

Male Boat-tailed Grackle

Great Egret

A Happy Visit to the Sharon Rose Weichens Preserve

A Mother Common Moorhen and Chicks

A Least Bittern, several Red-winged Blackbirds, and a tender family of Common Moorhens were all spotted at the very lovely Sharon Rose Weichens Nature Preserve here in The Villages, FL on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

The Least Bittern was hunting immediately to the side and below the boardwalk observation deck so it was very hard to get good photographs of it but I did my best.  We were trying hard not to disturb the bird and there were several people in the area watching the same bird.

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

Northern Mockingbird

Least Bittern

Male Red-winged Blackbird

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