Wood Storks occasionally visit The Villages, FL but usually we see maybe six or seven in one spot. This morning I saw sixty Wood Storks, many of them juveniles, at the El Santiago Golf Course pond on the El Camino Avenue end near the multi-modal path.
I think that due to the recent tropical storm to the NW of us on the coast, this flock has migrated. We are fortunate to have seen the whole group together. By the way, the juveniles have the fuzzy head and nearly ivory-white bills. Wood storks begin to have a large ivory-white bony plate on their head (no feathers or fuzz) and have a darker bill as they age.
I also saw an adult Wood Stork trying to eat a very large catfish that it caught in its huge bill. The effort did briefly attract the attention of a Great Blue Heron, but the heron got the message that it would not be able to steal the fish away! The flock was at the pond in four separate groupings so I tried to represent some of each group with these pictures. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of each photo. Enjoy!
Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets and Tri-Colored Heron
Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Wood Storks, Anhingas, and a Tri-Color Heron were spotted this past week at the Freedom Pointe Lake in The Villages, FL. This little lake borders a golf course, an assisted living complex, and a boulevard with golf cart multi-modal pathway. It is often busy with wading birds during the Fall through Spring months. I enjoy visiting this area as it is easy to see the birds from the path or the parking area. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Snowy Egret, Cormorant, Great Egret
Great Blue Heron
I snapped these pictures on Sunday at Freedom Pointe Lake in The Villages, Florida of a small flock of Wood Storks. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Little Blue Herons
These birds were spotted here in Central Florida in the last several months at various spots. I love to see larger birds flying! Very beautiful. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
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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