Lesser Scaup Ducks
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks; Blue-winged Teal Ducks; Hooded Merganser Ducks; Lesser Scaup Ducks; Mallard Ducks, and Northern Shoveler Ducks are all seen at various times each year here in The Villages, Florida! I also have frequently seen our native Florida Mottled Ducks and Muscovy Ducks.
On vary rare occasions, other kinds of ducks such as Gadwalls; Red-heads; Wood Ducks, and my favorite, the little Bufflehead Ducks, can sometimes show up, too. I just love all of them! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that particular photo. Enjoy!
Drake Mallard Duck
Northern Shoveler Ducks
Black-bellied Whistling Duck and Ducklings
Drake Hooded Merganser Duck
Blue-winged Teal Ducks
Hen Hooded Merganser Duck
This pair of Southern Bald Eagles has nested and raised two families this year alone. The pair have their nest on an electric tower in the center of the lovely Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course here in The Villages, Florida. This area is accessible via golf cart on the multi-modal path.
It appears the couple is repairing or remodeling their nest. Perhaps they are trying to ready their nest for a new clutch of eggs? Who knows? This nest is close to several ponds and open fields so food is plentiful. There also are larger trees and electric towers for the high perches eagles seem to prefer. A good habitat for raising eaglets! By the way, I took these pictures at about 6:00pm on Friday evening, May 3, 2019. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Great Blue Herons are now beginning to raise young and are molting (losing breeding feathers) so they are mostly on their nests unless hunting for a meal. They wade in shallow water in the early morning and late afternoon to catch fish, frogs, ducklings, shoreline snakes, lizards, and nearly anything else they can catch to eat.
We have a year-around population of Great Blue Herons here in The Villages, Florida. These birds nest in colonies way up in sturdy Oaks and Pines near ponds or lakes. Many are now proud parents and will be raising chicks for several more weeks. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
This Snowy Egret was spotted on the shoreline of the Freedom Pointe Lake here in The Villages, Florida, while I was riding down the multi-modal path in the golf cart. This lake often has egrets, herons, ibis or ducks on the shore in this particular area. This bird was actively hunting for its meal of fish or frogs. The egret walks along in the shallows looking for its prey. These are very good hunters! Beautiful, too. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
A Glossy Ibis was spotted on the multi-modal trail heading South from CR 466 near Morse Blvd. here in The Villages, FL. We eventually piloted our golf cart to the lovely Sharon Rose Wiechens nature preserve were we saw a Great Blue Heron, a Common Moorhen, a lovely male Red-winged Blackbird, and a Snowy Egret.
It was quite windy and we also had several sprinkles of rain during our quick visit to the preserve. On the way home, we were happy to have spotted a Limpkin, which is a rarely seen bird here in The Villages, as well as a trio of freshwater turtles basking in the Sun to keep warm.
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Freshwater Cooter Turtles
Great Blue Heron
Male Red-winged Blackbird
White Pelicans apparently have decided to stick around here in The Villages in limited numbers. I noticed about eight of the big white beauties a few days ago on the pond called “Golf View Lake” near Paradise Park, and probably the same group, at Lake Paradise the next day. I had also spotted a small number of the pelicans on a different pond at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course (not the driving range pond).
So, I may have been premature about declaring that the pelicans had migrated North. We will see if these few stay here in The Villages over the Winter as some did last season. Who knows? Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
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
Great Blue Heron Rookery
Great Blue Heron Rookery