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Around the Neighborhood Lake at Schwartz Park

A pair of Egyptian Geese, a White Ibis, a Great Blue Heron and a drake Mallard Duck, were spotted today on a hot afternoon here in The Villages, Florida, on and at the shoreline of Paradise Lake at Schwartz Park.  Always fun to see the Egyptian Geese!  We have probably fifty Canada Geese on the lake so those Egyptian Geese have plenty of company among the waterfowl here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Alligators & Anhingas

Anhinga

Alligators and Anhingas are sometimes spotted here in The Villages, FL in or along the shoreline of various smaller ponds and lakes.  The ‘Gators are mostly located in places where they are not a threat to people under normal circumstances.  It is best to stay far away from Alligators and be especially careful when walking near ponds, lakes or springs during early morning and late afternoon hours.

Anhingas are lovely medium-sized water birds that have pointed long bills, a snake-like neck and an oval body.  They have piano-key like markings on their wings when their wings are spread open.  Anhingas often are seen with just their neck and head above the water fishing, or are perched on a branch or inlet pipe drying their spread-out wings.  Anhingas cannot fly if their wings are wet.  Anhingas eat fish, frogs and crayfish mostly.

The easiest way to tell the difference between an Anhinga and a Cormorant is that the Anhinga has the straight sharp bill, while the Cormorant’s bill has a slight hook at the end and is thicker.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Anhinga

Anhinga

 

 

Anhinga

Alligator

Alligator

Wordless Wednesday: Double-crested Cormorants

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

 

Wild Wordless Wednesday!

White Ibis

I took these photos last week in The Villages, Florida.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo.  Enjoy!

Anhingas and a Snowy Egret

Wood Stork

Great Blue Heron

 

 

Great Blue Heron

 

Great Egret

Wood Stork

Great Egret

Wordless Wednesday: Great Egrets

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

 

Tri-Colored Herons

Tri-Colored Heron was recently seen at a small pond here in The Villages, FL.  These medium-sized wading birds actually are members of the egret family and are lovely.   Tri-Colored Herons have a steel-blue color with cream and rust on the chest and neck and greenish yellow legs and feet.  These birds eat fish, frogs, small turtles, aquatic snails, crayfish, baby alligators, and larger aquatic insects.

The Tri-Colored Herons are excellent flyers but usually fly short distances by themselves or in very small groups.  They mostly flock up when flying long distances.  They roost in tall trees that are close to ponds, lakes, marshes or rivers.  I especially enjoy spotting the Tri-colored Herons here.   Tri-Colored Herons are not often seen around the local community except during the breeding season in Winter.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photograph.

Wordless Wednesday: Snowy Egrets

These Snowy Egrets were photographed here in The Villages, FL in recent weeks.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.

(With Great Egrets)

Ibis, Herons, and ‘Gators

Alligators are fairly common here in Florida. Recently, I spotted Alligators in two places – a very small one in the shallows of Cherry Lake at Live Oaks Park in The Villages and an adult at what is known as “Fishing Pond” here in The Villages on Morse Blvd.

I also saw a small flock of White Ibis and a Little Blue Heron there at the Fishing Pond next to that ‘gator.  Additionally, I usually see a Great Blue Heron at Freedom Pointe Lake.  I was not disappointed.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

Almost Wordless Wednesday

White Pelicans &  Wood Stork at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Pond

I took these pictures early last evening 10/21/19 in The Villages, FL.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Cormorants, Geese, Egrets, Herons at Freedom Pointe Lake

Wood Storks at Freedom Pointe Lake

Double-crested Cormorants at Freedom Pointe Lake

 

Great Blue Heron at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course Pond

Double-crested Cormorant at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course Pond

Great Egret at the Lopez Legacy Golf Course Pond

Wordless Fri.: Flying Waders

Juvenile White Ibis

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Great Egret

Tri-colored Heron

Wood Stork

 

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Wood Stork

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