This family of Sandhill Cranes is one I have photographed several times. The trio lives along the shore of a little park lake here in my community. I really enjoy seeing the three. The baby is getting really big! The poor juvenile does have that deformed foot which although hard to live with, seems manageable. I have often seen the bird stand on one foot. Wading birds, geese and ducks do stand on one foot at times to rest.
I photographed the cranes last night at about 8:00PM as the Sun was setting. The group is most often seen in the early morning or very late afternoon. I was at Boone Park when I took these pictures. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photograph. Enjoy!
This Snowy Egret was spotted on June 7, 2016. The pretty, medium-sized wading bird, was fishing for frogs, small fish, or insects, at a man-made stream in The Villages, FL just off the Spanish Springs town square area. The little stream runs behind the Sharon auditorium and empties into Lake Mira Mar.
I shot these pictures in the early evening and there was a young Tri-colored Heron only a few feet away. I was standing on a little bridge over the stream to take the pictures. Each bird was on a different side just near the bridge. I tried hard to be still and quiet so I would not disturb the birds. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Last night I finally got a chance to get out and do a little wildlife observation at the local park lakes. I spotted several kinds of wading birds and also many geese and ducks. The three types of geese I saw were: Canada Geese, Egyptian Geese, and White Chinese Geese. Quite international if I do say.
We had a stormy day here on Monday with the Tropical Storm “Colin”. We were lucky in that our area did not have a lot of damage from the storm. My neighborhood did very well in the storm. A bonus for us is the park lakes are full.
Paradise Lake in the historic side of The Villages, has quite a few Canada Geese. I spotted the Egyptian and Chinese Geese at the little Mira Mar lake in the Spanish Springs area. All of these geese primarily eat grass, aquatic plants and shore based seeds. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo. Enjoy!
I am posting early and probably will not post tomorrow. We will have a tropical storm or hopefully not, a hurricane around. I live in Central Florida on the very Southern edge of where this storm from the Gulf of Mexico is expected to pass over Florida. I do not expect trouble but our Internet service sometimes goes out in bad weather so I wanted to let you know why I am posting early.
I hope you will enjoy seeing this pair of Northern Mockingbirds that live here on my street and mostly in a nearby neighbor’s yard. For awhile, I had hoped they would nest in my bushes but alas they did not. The pair chose the neighbors shrubbery instead. These birds are clever mimics and here love to confuse the residents with their sweet sounds of Northern Cardinals, and even Palm Warblers. Ha! Both birds of this pair, also do enjoy perching on the corner street sign. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. As ever, enjoy! I doubt we will have a rough go during the storm. Everything should be just fine and I will post again on Wed. as usual.
The Mallard Duck
I saw this drake Mallard in my back yard one early evening. I snapped that particular picture through my window. Imagine my surprise as I live about a half-mile from the nearest pond or lake. After having seen this duck, I noticed that there have been a few of these ducks roaming around this neighborhood in the last couple of weeks. Perhaps in search of a honey or maybe just different food? Who can say.
I spotted the Killdeer, Tri-colored Heron and the Great Egret at Santiago Golf Course pond, and the Wood Duck drake at Paradise Lake at Boone Park in The Villages, Florida. This Wood Duck is one of the few Wood Ducks I have ever seen in The Villages.
Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
A Tri-colored Heron at Santiago Golf Course Pond
A Great Egret Hunts
A Great Egret at Santiago Golf Course Pond
A Killdeer at Santiago Golf Course
Canada Geese at Boone Park
A Wood Duck at Boone Park
Bluebird, House Finches
Songbirds such as Eastern Bluebirds, and House Finches enjoy the refreshing cool waters of the bird bath. One of my neighbors has a bird bath next to the really nice bird feeding station that they have set up. I know the little birds are enjoying the cool water and refreshments quite a lot. It was 93 degrees F. here yesterday.
A small group of young Morning Doves like the tasty bird seeds that fall from the tray feeder (I also have spotted one of the doves up on the tray feeder itself). I enjoyed watching the birds’ splash party! It is such a nice thing for homeowners to include food and water for the songbirds in their front or backyard landscape! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.
Finches at the feeder
Eastern Bluebird Female
Bluebird and House Finch