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!
Great Blue Herons, Little Blue Herons, a Tri-Colored Heron, and a Black-Crowned Night Heron were all spotted on 2/14/19 in the morning on the St. John’s River here in Florida. I was a passenger on a two-hour nature cruise from the Blue Springs State Park.
I have only seen four Black-Crowned Night Herons so I was thrilled to see this one. There were many Great Blue Herons as well as several Little Blue Herons along the shoreline of the river. I will be posting Part 3 of the series on Wednesday. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Little Blue Heron
Great Blue Herons on their nests
Little Blue Heron with Glossy Ibis
Great Blue Heron
Black-Crowned Night Heron
Black-Crowned Night Heron
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Eaglet is not visible but is in the nest
Sandhill Cranes are often spotted here in The Villages, Fl along golf courses, and grassy areas near water. I spotted a pair this afternoon along the edge of the Arnold Palmer golf course on CR 466 and another pair on Morse Blvd. at the East side of the road on the parkway abutting the Schwartz Preserve.
These wading birds primarily eat grasses, seeds, and aquatic vegetation but occasionally also dine on insects, snails, and worms. I most often see the cranes in twos but sometimes will spot a family group with colts and less often a large gathered flock. I believe these to be Florida Sandhill Cranes. I was thrilled to spot the cranes this afternoon! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
A Great Egret hunting in the bushes along the multi-modal cart path, for snakes lizards and mice; and a Sandhill Crane browsing on the grass at the side of the multi-modal golf cart path here in The Villages.
The egret was near the Hacienda Golf Course and the crane was near CR466 and Morse Blvd. It is pretty unusual to see the Sandhill Cranes so close to the paths and people! I took these pictures on Tuesday Jan. 6, 2019. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
A Southern Bald Eagle and its eaglet baby were spotted in their nest high on an electric high tension line tower on the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course here in The Villages, Florida. This nest is on the multi-modal path that runs up the middle of the courses.
It is the first time I have spotted an eaglet with the parent eagle. It was a very tender scene as the eaglet seems pretty young. The other parent eagle was likely out hunting for food such as fish, coots, or small rodents like rats or squirrels. There seems to be a lot of opportunities for finding food here in our area with the many lakes, ponds, and open spaces.
I was so happy to have seen the eagles yesterday when these pictures were taken! Please click on the thumbnail images to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Egyptian Geese, and Canada Geese are the two types of geese seen commonly here in The Villages, FL. The Canada Geese are the larger population with some ponds seeing twenty or more individuals. There perhaps are about fifteen Egyptian Geese here as well.
Interestingly, there are a few hybrid Canada Geese around that are likely a mix of Greylag or Chinese White and Canada. These geese eat grass and some aquatic plants. The also love grains. We have a solid population of all of these geese here all year around. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Hybrid Canada Goose with Great Egret
White Pelicans are for the most part, Winter visitors here in The Villages, Florida. A large flock was seen at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course pond. The nice thing is that the pond is very visible from the multi-modal pathway that runs through the center of the courses at Nancy Lopez Legacy.
The White Pelicans feed on fish, frogs, and small turtles. They work as a team and circle their prey before grabbing the food with their huge bills. Often the Double-crested Cormorants join the pelicans in hunts as both species eat the same food.
The flocks of White Pelicans will stay here throughout the Winter months before migrating back up to their Summer homes in the Midwest. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Twelve Wood Storks were at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course in The Villages, FL, on 11/19/18. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy! I want to extend my warm wishes to all who are celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow!