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Almost Wordless Wednesday: Up Close

Yes, I kept a safe and appropriate distance from these birds and animals (Burros were photographed last Summer in Custer State Park, South Dakota).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Almost Wordless Wednesday: Waterfowl

Mallard and Hybrid Mallard Mottled Ducks

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Hybrid Male Mallard and Florida Mottled Duck

Common Coot

Lesser Scaup Drake (male)

Best of Eight Years of this Blog

Wood Stork (The Villages, FL)

Happy New Year!  Wildlife watching has been a pleasure the past eight years!  I am celebrating an amazing eight years of writing and sharing my photography on this blog.  Thank you to my loyal and new readers.  The purpose of this blog has always been to share the magnificent wildlife around us via the pictures and descriptions I give here.

I so appreciate everyone who participates via the comments section and occasionally gives me photography pointers or help identifying a particular bird.  You have been with me from Crossville, TN (and Fairfield Glade) to Ocala, Florida and now to The Villages, Florida.

A happy eight years of birding and enjoying the views of nature and occasionally other kinds of animals!  So again, Happy New Year and happy wildlife watching, wherever you may be!  As ever, please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  These are a few of my favorite pictures over the last eight years!

Green Heron (Fairfield Glade, TN on Lake St. George)

Grizzly Bear (Yellowstone National Park)

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks (Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, FL)

 

 

Osprey (at the Dora Canal in FL)

Golden Marmot (Yellowstone National Park)

White Pelicans (Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, FL)

 

 

Canada Geese (at the little farm in Crossville, TN)

Roseate Spoonbill Birds (Sanibel Island, FL)

White-tailed Deer (at the little farm in Crossville, TN)

A Few Songbirds

Sparrow

A feisty Eastern Blue Jay, A Palm Warbler, an Eastern Bluebird, and a House Sparrow were all spotted here in my neighborhood and community last week.  I took these pictures early in the morning when it is probably the best time to see many birds out feeding.

There was a large flock of the warblers mixed-in with the sparrows visiting my street.  Both types of birds eat on the ground browsing for seeds in the lawns.  The Blue Jay was spotted at the Freedom Pointe lakeshore parking lot up in a big Live Oak.  The bluebird is seen from time to time on a neighbors roof.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Palm Warbler

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Blue Jay

Wordless Wednesday: Great and Snowy Egrets

Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Egyptian Geese

This pair of Egyptian Geese was spotted up on the shoreline of the Freedom Pointe Lake in The Villages near the parking lot area beside the assisted living housing complex building.

The Egyptian Geese are native to Africa and were brought here to the USA to be golf course pets in some spots (they migrated here to the Villages from elsewhere).  These geese are part shell-duck and part goose.  They are attractive birds.

Egyptian Geese now are resident waterfowl here in The Villages but are not in big numbers here.  They eat grasses grains and seeds and behave in a similar manner to the Canada Geese. These geese are rust colored with cream and black and are between a duck and a goose in size.  The Egyptian Geese seem quite shy.   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!  P.S.  I have not seen that Roseate Spoonbill here since my Sunday morning sighting.

Big Bird Wednesday: Cattle Egrets!

 

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!

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