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Different Herons

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Herons, Little Blue Herons and Tri-color Herons are the most frequently seen herons here in The Villages, FL.  I am also including a shot of a Green Heron that I spotted in Fairfield Glade, Tennessee several years ago, and a Yellow-crowned Night Heron I saw in Belize this last December.  These large birds live around fresh water mostly and wade in the shallow water hunting for small fish, frogs, aquatic snails and larger insects.  Some of the herons are very colorful such as the Little Blue Heron.

I enjoy watching the birds stroll along the banks of the ponds or lakes and then seriously stare down their prey when on the hunt for their meal.  These birds use their sharp-pointed bill to stab catch their meal.  Herons usually roost in large trees were they build nests of sticks.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Little Blue Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Green Heron

 

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Great Blue Heron on nest

Little Blue Heron

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Birds Here and There

Probably a Red-shouldered Hawk

A Snowy Egret, a couple of Great Blue Herons, and surprisingly, a hawk (probably a Red Shouldered Hawk but hard to tell) were all spotted here in The Villages, Florida, last evening at about 5:30.

I spotted the egret at Lake Paradise, the Great Blue Herons at Lake Paradise and Lake Mira-mar, and the hawk at a lamp-post on Morse Blvd. near Rio Grande.  Always fun to spot the hawks as they are not as frequently seen as are all the big wading and water birds here.  I also spotted several Wood Storks which I will feature in a coming post.  Always something to see here!  So much fun!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Great Blue Heron

Snowy Egret

Great Blue Heron

Park Ducks at Lake Mira Mar in The Villages, FL

 

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These are a few of the ducks I spotted at Lake Mira Mar in The Villages, Fl recently.  They are Mottled Ducks, and hybrid Mallard Ducks.  The Mallards may be a cross between Mottled and Mallard as well as a cross between Mallard and Muscovy.  They seem to be sweet happy ducks.

I enjoy seeing the ducks waddling around on the lawns or paddling in the small lakes and even the man-made stream that runs from the plaza to the lake.  Occasionally (Winter) some white Pekin Ducks or wild ducks such as Lesser Scaups, Hooded Mergansers, or even Green Teal join in the fun at this pleasant park and lake area.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

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