I enjoy seeing all types of both songbirds and the exotic big birds here in Florid! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
I spotted this large gathering of American White Pelicans at the Freedom Pointe Lake here in The Villages, Florida. There also were a few cormorants mixed-in with the pelicans. The pelicans will soon be making their way back up North.
Like many others, I am now staying at home as much as possible these days. I am sharing mostly older photos that have not appeared here before. I hope all of you readers and I, can stay as healthy as possible! Please click not the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Tri-colored Herons, Canada Geese, and Double-crested Cormorants, are here this Winter at many of our ponds and lakes in The Villages, FL. Most of these birds are now in the beginning of their breeding season and the egrets will be developing long billowing plumage with which to attract their potential mate.
Egrets hunt by wading in shallow water to spear a small fish or frog with their sharp bill. They also will occasionally root in the mud for aquatic worms and snails. On land, the Great Egret sometimes hunts for mice, lizards and snakes in the landscaping around yards and parking lots. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
I am seeing a lot more Wood Storks right now here in The Villages, Florida. They prefer wading in marshy areas like the edges of ponds lakes. Wood Storks are aquatic meat-eating (small fish are preferred) birds and rarely will dine on seeds.
Wood Storks are terrific flyers and roost in tall trees in colonies. These birds generally live about 11-13 years. The juveniles are the ones with the bony plated head with light brown fuzzy feathering and light-colored big bills. Wood Storks remain a threatened species here in the USA.
Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Please click on the thumbnail image. Enjoy!
Limpkins are exotic wading birds that eat Apple Snails for the most part. They have a very loud shriek so identifying these birds from their call is easy. They do sometimes get confused for the similar Least Bittern, and Rails. Limpkins are rarely seen in The Villages where I live, but I sure saw quite a few on the St. John’s River near the Blue Springs State Park here in Florida on 2/14/19 during a river boat cruise from the state park.
I spotted a small flock of Limpkins mingling with a flock of White Ibis on the banks of the river in addition to many other Limpkins along the route, including a hen with chicks. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture! Enjoy!