This Little Blue Heron was spotted hunting in a very shallow rainfall water retention basin that was almost empty. This pond is in the Souliere Villas neighborhood in The Villages, FL.
We only occasionally see Little Blue Herons here. They are a wonderful member of the egret family and start out as white juveniles. They closely resemble Snowy Egrets but do not have bright mustard-yellow feet and do have a bluish bill when in their white plumage. They eat fish, frogs, small tender turtles, baby alligators, aquatic snails and larger aquatic insects. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.
Little Blue Heron
Hooded Mergansers, herons, a Pied-billed Grebe, Florida Mottled Ducks, and a Lesser Scaup Ducks were spotted on Nov. 12, 2019 at a neighborhood park pond here in The Villages, FL. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Florida Mottled Ducks
Drake Hooded Merganser
Hooded Merganser Ducks, Hen Lesser Scaup Duck and Pied-billed Grebe
Tri-Colored Heron and Little Blue Heron
Lesser Yellowlegs are shore birds that in addition to being around the ocean, do frequent fresh water marshes and shallow fresh water ponds. They occasionally visit our community and were spotted with the Glossy Ibis at a nearly empty rainfall retention basin pond at the Souliere Villas in Marion County, FL at The Villages. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
White Ibis are sometimes seen as a small flock roaming around the neighborhoods here in The Villages, FL. They are harmless and eat worms, grubs and insects in the lawns and exposed flower bed soil. They fly off if disturbed by friendly dogs or even people walking by. I enjoy their brief visits here. Please click on the thumbnail image. Enjoy!
Male Northern Cardinal
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Florida Mottled Ducks
White Pelicans, Mallard Ducks, Double-crested Cormorant
White Pelicans & Wood Stork at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Pond
I took these pictures early last evening 10/21/19 in The Villages, FL. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Cormorants, Geese, Egrets, Herons at Freedom Pointe Lake
Wood Storks at Freedom Pointe Lake
Double-crested Cormorants at Freedom Pointe Lake
Great Blue Heron at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course Pond
Double-crested Cormorant at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course Pond
Great Egret at the Lopez Legacy Golf Course Pond
Wood Storks occasionally visit The Villages, FL but usually we see maybe six or seven in one spot. This morning I saw sixty Wood Storks, many of them juveniles, at the El Santiago Golf Course pond on the El Camino Avenue end near the multi-modal path.
I think that due to the recent tropical storm to the NW of us on the coast, this flock has migrated. We are fortunate to have seen the whole group together. By the way, the juveniles have the fuzzy head and nearly ivory-white bills. Wood storks begin to have a large ivory-white bony plate on their head (no feathers or fuzz) and have a darker bill as they age.
I also saw an adult Wood Stork trying to eat a very large catfish that it caught in its huge bill. The effort did briefly attract the attention of a Great Blue Heron, but the heron got the message that it would not be able to steal the fish away! The flock was at the pond in four separate groupings so I tried to represent some of each group with these pictures. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of each photo. Enjoy!