Lesser Scaup Ducks
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks; Blue-winged Teal Ducks; Hooded Merganser Ducks; Lesser Scaup Ducks; Mallard Ducks, and Northern Shoveler Ducks are all seen at various times each year here in The Villages, Florida! I also have frequently seen our native Florida Mottled Ducks and Muscovy Ducks.
On vary rare occasions, other kinds of ducks such as Gadwalls; Red-heads; Wood Ducks, and my favorite, the little Bufflehead Ducks, can sometimes show up, too. I just love all of them! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that particular photo. Enjoy!
Drake Mallard Duck
Northern Shoveler Ducks
Black-bellied Whistling Duck and Ducklings
Drake Hooded Merganser Duck
Blue-winged Teal Ducks
Hen Hooded Merganser Duck
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Great Blue Heron on its nest
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This pair of Southern Bald Eagles has nested and raised two families this year alone. The pair have their nest on an electric tower in the center of the lovely Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course here in The Villages, Florida. This area is accessible via golf cart on the multi-modal path.
It appears the couple is repairing or remodeling their nest. Perhaps they are trying to ready their nest for a new clutch of eggs? Who knows? This nest is close to several ponds and open fields so food is plentiful. There also are larger trees and electric towers for the high perches eagles seem to prefer. A good habitat for raising eaglets! By the way, I took these pictures at about 6:00pm on Friday evening, May 3, 2019. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Great Blue Herons are now beginning to raise young and are molting (losing breeding feathers) so they are mostly on their nests unless hunting for a meal. They wade in shallow water in the early morning and late afternoon to catch fish, frogs, ducklings, shoreline snakes, lizards, and nearly anything else they can catch to eat.
We have a year-around population of Great Blue Herons here in The Villages, Florida. These birds nest in colonies way up in sturdy Oaks and Pines near ponds or lakes. Many are now proud parents and will be raising chicks for several more weeks. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
This Snowy Egret was spotted on the shoreline of the Freedom Pointe Lake here in The Villages, Florida, while I was riding down the multi-modal path in the golf cart. This lake often has egrets, herons, ibis or ducks on the shore in this particular area. This bird was actively hunting for its meal of fish or frogs. The egret walks along in the shallows looking for its prey. These are very good hunters! Beautiful, too. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Southern Bald Eagles here in The Villages tend to perch on the high tension electric towers and on very large electric poles as well as occasionally in the crowns of taller Live Oak Trees. I spotted these Southern Bald Eagles here at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course and at an area just East of Morse Blvd. on San Pedro. I took these pictures just a few days ago.
The eagles on the San Pedro vicinity tower are a parent and older eaglet. The eaglet was hatched a few months ago. I have photographed both the parent and eaglet a few times now. That eaglet is almost ready to fly off! The eagles at Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course have already finished with this year’s family and are likely resting from that effort. All of these eagles are year-around residents here. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!