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Almost Wordless Wednesday: Herons

Great Blue Heron

These all were spotted here in The Villages, FL in recent days.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that picture.  Enjoy!

 

Little Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Tri-colored Heron

White Pelicans at Local Ponds

 

White Pelicans are Winter visitors here in The Villages, FL.  In the Northern sections of the community, White Pelicans are mostly spotted at Freedom Pointe on El Camino Blvd. and at the lovely Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course on the driving range pond.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photograph.  Enjoy!

 

Wordless Wednesday: Wood Storks

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Ducks & Ten Years!

 

Hen Bufflehead Duck

 

Seldom seen ducks such as Pintails, Blue Winged Teal, and a lone Bufflehead (my favorite duck), were here in The Villages, FL, on December 26, 2019 in the Northern areas of the community (Souliere Villas ponds and Lopez Legacy Golf Driving Range pond).  Other ducks such as Whistlers were seen at Lake Mira-mar and at the little Glenview Country Club ponds on Buena Vista at El Camino.

I can’t believe it is now the Tenth Anniversary of this blog!  Wow!  A big thank you to all who enjoy these posts!

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the pictures.  Happy New Year to everyone!

Mallards & Canada Geese

Pintail Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

 

Pintail Ducks

Northern Shoveler Ducks

Hen Bufflehead Duck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Handsome Heron!

Great Blue Herons are now in their breeding finery.  I photographed one such heron on 12/26/19 at a natural pond area on the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course, in The Villages, FL, along the multi-modal path down the middle of the course.  What a lovely bird!  By the way, I have mentioned it before quite a while ago, but my real-life name is Linda Woody.  I am visiting other blogs a lot more and want to be clear about who I am.  I just like the moniker “wildlifewatcher” a lot.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

 

Winter Migrant Ducks

Mallard Ducks

 

Hooded Mergansers, Mottled Ducks, Mallard Ducks, Lesser Scaup Ducks, and Northern Shoveler Ducks are all frequent visitors here in The Villages, FL during the Winter months.  We also occasionally see Green or Blue Winged Teal Ducks, Northern Shoveler Ducks, and rarely, the Ring-necked Ducks and Wood Ducks.  I am always happy to see these pretty ducks here!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  I will have a brief post on Wednesday.  Enjoy!

Lesser Scaup Ducks

Northern Shoveler Ducks

Mottled Ducks

 

 

 

Drake Hooded Merganser

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Hen Hooded Merganser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Bellied “Whistlers”

 

Black Bellied Whistling Ducks make their home at several local ponds and lakes here in The Villages, Florida.  These lovely brown and tan ducks with pink bills and feet are seen waddling around the grassy banks feeding on worms, grubs, and seeds.  These ducks also feed on aquatic insects, smaller tadpoles and some aquatic snails.

The “Whistlers” are similar to the Mallards and Mottled Ducks in their feeding habits.  They tip their heads into the water to find food in the shallows and mud.  I really enjoy seeing the ducks and hearing their whistles – they do not quack.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Wood Storks in The Villages

I am seeing a lot more Wood Storks right now here in The Villages, Florida.  They prefer wading in marshy areas like the edges of ponds lakes.  Wood Storks are aquatic meat-eating (small fish are preferred) birds and rarely will dine on seeds.

Wood Storks are terrific flyers and roost in tall trees in colonies.  These birds generally live about 11-13 years.  The juveniles are the ones with the bony plated head with light brown fuzzy feathering and light-colored big bills.  Wood Storks remain a threatened species here in the USA.

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

 

A Little Blue Heron Hunting

 

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.

 

Almost Wordless Wednesday

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

Pied-billed Grebe

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