The Belted Kingfisher is a very elusive small bird that is found near ponds, rivers, lakes, and even salt marsh-lands. The Belted Kingfishers fly over the water to catch fish for their meal. They stab the fish with their thin strong and sharp bill. These birds are a steel-blue in color with a white neck and breast, and a patch of rust-colored feathers on the flanks. Belted Kingfishers have black eyes and a black bill.
Belted Kingfishers are shy birds that fly quickly. They are wary of people and hard to photograph. I am glad I got these long-distance (and cropped for good viewing) pictures. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
I spotted these Cattle Egrets at Lake Paradise in The Villages on Saturday afternoon. I noticed the huge flock perched in a tree and on the roof of one of the lake front homes. How about that! I think the residents were away for the afternoon.
These egrets seldom visit this lake. I think the big flock was on its way elsewhere and was resting. Cattle Egrets live in pastures among cows and horses mostly. They dine on insects. I think the cool water and pleasant surroundings were a nice place to rest. I sure enjoyed the unusual sight. By the way, the two geese next to the flock of egrets are Egyptian Geese. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!