When I was taking photographs of the Purple Gallinule and the American Alligator the other day at the lovely little nature park in Leesburg, Florida, I saw a trio of Little Blue Herons. One was an adult in the typical purple-blue coloring of breeding season, one of the Little Blue Herons was a transitional older juvenile in the process of turning blue, and the last was the juvenile in white phase, which was the youngest of all three of the birds.
I also spotted four Osprey, a Great Egret, a few Anhingas, and a few small songbirds like Red-winged Blackbirds, and Common Grackles while I was at Bourlay Nature Park. This park has a short hiking trail along Lake Griffin and a small wooden pier for bird watching. There also seems to be a kayak landing area and a nature talk sitting area. There is a small parking lot and restrooms as well. This park is just about a half mile or so East of Highway 441 on Canal Street. I enjoyed about a half-hour there as it was at dusk and there were Alligators in the area. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Little Blue Herons
Bald Eagles are nesting now and some of the chicks are now older and are considered as juveniles. Tonight at dusk, I photographed a family of Southern Bald Eagles on the nest and perched on a high tension electric line here in The Villages, FL. This nest is on the tower that is behind the heron, egret, and ibis roost to the East of Morse Blvd. just South of Rio Grande.
I am sorry about the quality of the photographs as it was getting dark and the birds were a fair distance off. I took some of the photographs from a different street which was on the opposite side of the tower. I have cropped and lightened up the pictures so you can more easily see these majestic birds. The juveniles are a brown color with a few smaller patches of white coming through where they will eventually have white colors (head, and tail mostly). It was such a thrilling sight to see the mother or father bird with two juveniles (one in the nest and one on and off of the nest). Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Please click on each thumbnail image of wildlife at Lake Paradise in The Villages, Florida, to see the slightly larger version of the picture. I took these photos a few days ago. Enjoy!
Drake Mallard Ducks
Great Blue Heron
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This pair of Florida Southern Bald Eagles is one that I have photographed several times in the past year. These eagles frequently perch on the top of the high tension electric towers on Enrique Drive near the El Santiago golf course here in The Villages, FL. This pair is one of several pairs of the Southern Bald Eagles that are resident all year-long, here in The Villages.
I took these pictures last Saturday late in the afternoon. It was a much cooler day than it has recently been here so the eagles probably did not mind perching on the metal much at all. I expect that the eagles only perch on the towers during cooler times of the day.
These eagles hunt for fish, mice, rats, small ducks, coots, squirrels, smaller rabbits, and snakes among other kinds of animals. The perch is high enough to give the eagles lots of views of the surrounding field and golf course area, in addition to neighborhood shrubbery. I am always thrilled to spot the Bald Eagles! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
This pair of Southern Bald Eagles was spotted on Enrique Drive in The Villages, FL on Tues. night at twilight. We had been out after arriving home from our hurricane evacuation. This pair of eagles was perched on the electric tower and was probably spotting all sorts of prey in the flooded golf course pond area at the El Santiago Golf Course. The weather had been fairly cool so perching on the tower was not unpleasantly hot as it sometimes is for these eagles. Good to see the birds in good condition after the hurricane! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Probably a Red-shouldered Hawk
A Snowy Egret, a couple of Great Blue Herons, and surprisingly, a hawk (probably a Red Shouldered Hawk but hard to tell) were all spotted here in The Villages, Florida, last evening at about 5:30.
I spotted the egret at Lake Paradise, the Great Blue Herons at Lake Paradise and Lake Mira-mar, and the hawk at a lamp-post on Morse Blvd. near Rio Grande. Always fun to spot the hawks as they are not as frequently seen as are all the big wading and water birds here. I also spotted several Wood Storks which I will feature in a coming post. Always something to see here! So much fun! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron