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Waterfowl Wednesday: Lots of Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Mottled Ducks and Mallard Ducks were all spotted at Lake Paradise near Schwartz Park and Boone Park yesterday at dusk (about 5:15pm).  I am starting to see more ducks each week here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

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A Mixed Bird Monday

A resting Sandhill Crane

I spotted these birds last Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 at Lake Paradise, as well as on a golf course near Morse and CR 466, here in The Villages, FL.  Such fun to get out and watch the various types of birds we have around now.  The weather recently has been very windy rainy and cooler.  Hopefully I will find time to get out and take a bunch of new photographs to share here soon.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Canada Geese on Lake Paradise

A Double Crested Cormorant on Lake Paradise at Boone Park

Likely a Red-shouldered Hawk at Lake Paradise

An Eastern Blue Jay and Two Mourning Doves

This Eastern Blue Jay was spotted on the lawn at Paradise Park in The Villages, Florida a few days ago.  I am thrilled to photograph the little birds as it seems all I ever do is take pictures of the larger exotic birds.

This Blue Jay is the more commonly seen blue jay here in Florida.  The other blue jay is the Florida Scrub Jay which is smaller and has a lot more of the blue and only a bit of white/grey.  The Scrub Jay is quite rare here now.  Both jays love nuts seeds and insects!  This one seems to have successfully hunted that morning and had a full belly.

The Mourning Doves were spotted on Sunday at the freshwater marsh where I spotted a lot of egrets and ducks.  The doves were perching on the fencing and were not bothered by my presence in any way.  These doves seemed to be very calm birds.

I enjoy being in the parks here and taking pictures of the various birds.  Always something to see on the lawns, in the trees, marsh preserves and of course, on the lakes.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Great Egrets With Other Birds

Great Egret and Mottle Ducks

Great Egrets with Florida Mottled Ducks, a Wood Stork, and a small Tri-colored Heron were spotted here in The Villages, FL on a couple of lakes and small ponds.  We have a number of wading bird species that are all-year around resident birds here.  The community has many ponds and small lakes in addition to a few fresh water marshes and preserves.  There is plenty of food between the water and the many areas of landscaping along the streets and parking lots.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Great Egret and Wood Stork

Great Egret, Try-colored Heron and Mottled Duck

Great Egret

Wood Storks

Wood Storks are seen here in The Villages, FL every now and then.  They fly together in small flocks and stay for several days.  These larger wading birds eat grains, small fish, frogs, small tender turtles, small alligators, and aquatic snails.

We have had minor flooding here and I spotted a pair of these Wood Storks strolling down flooded Kim Street at Boone Park on Lake Paradise earlier this evening.  The storks were accompanied by a Great Egret, a Little Blue Heron and several Mottled Ducks.  The other stork was spotted in the parking lot at the flooded Lake Mira-mar in The Villages.  I had to take several of the pictures from quite a distance because of the flooded Boone Park and Kim Street areas (the other bird, which was at Lake Mira-mar, was quite close to our golf cart).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

Hot Weather Bird Watching

 

Sandhill Crane

Birds cool off by opening their beaks or bills to breathe cooler air into their system.  So on a hot day or evening if you see a bird panting, they are just trying to keep cool.  They also will often try to sit or perch in a shady spot or wade in a stream, pond or lake.  I took these photos last night at dusk here in The Villages, Florida. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Great Blue Heron

Snowy Egret

Mottled Ducks, White Ibis, Trio-colored Heron

 

Sandhill Crane

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

White Ibises

I spotted White Ibises at two parks this last week here in The Villages.  Actually, these wading birds are pretty commonly seen in neighborhoods and at local ponds and lakes.  The small flocks were at Paradise Park and Lake Mira-mar in the golf cart parking areas near the lakes.

Ibises at the Lake Mira-mar parking lot are known to be champion beggars!  They wait for treats from well-meaning tourists/grandkids who feed them bread and cereal as if they are park ducks (people should not feed exotic wild birds).  These are really good birds as they eat insects and are charming to watch.  By the way, the one in the photo that is partially brown is an older juvenile.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

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