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Sandhill Cranes at Twilight

These Sandhill Cranes were spotted in The Villages, FL on April 3, 2017 and also yesterday.  I saw the big birds at both the Live Oak Park area near the pond North of the park on the East side, and also at Paradise Park.  Both groups of the cranes were seen in the very early evening hours.

The flock at Paradise Park was quite near Swartz Park.  This lake has two smaller parks and the large Paradise Park.  The lake is ringed on three sides with homes and on the other side with the big park.  The birds were there in search of their evening meal and probably to engage in courtship rituals.  I saw a lot of jumping and flapping of wings.  I am still getting to know my new-to-me camera which has a lot of adjustments I am not yet familiar with.  I apparently had mis-set my speed and so most of the pictures of the Sandhill Cranes from Paradise Park were pretty blurry.  Sad but true.  I like the camera which is a hand-me-down from my husband.  Much lighter to carry than the big 500mm zoom and older camera.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Wordless Wednesday

Here are some shots of the Double Crested Cormorants.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Wordless Wednesday

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

Sandhill Cranes Part 2

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The Sandhill Cranes suddenly appeared on Saturday night at twilight (12/14/17) at the little neighborhood Lake Paradise here in The Villages, Florida.  I took these pictures at Swartz Park.  There were twenty-one Sandhill Cranes in all.  The Sandhill Cranes are enjoying the low water levels which make hunting for aquatic insects, small fish, crustaceans, and even aquatic plants, very easy.  I believe these are migrating birds.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!dsc_2675-1

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Sandhill Cranes Part 1 of 2

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Sandhill Cranes arrived at the little neighborhood Paradise Lake here on Saturday night (12/14/17) at twilight.  First I spotted two of the big birds and then the rest of the flock flew in.  It was quite the sight!  The lake is very low again so I think the Sandhill Cranes like the mudflat sandbars in the middle of the lake.  I spotted twenty-one cranes at Swartz Park!

I believe this flock of Sandhill Cranes are migrating from up North.  I think that we do have a few here that are native to Florida as well that may be among the bunch.  One of the Sandhill Cranes is either a leucastic genetic mutation bird, or is a hybrid between the Whooping Crane and Sandhill Crane.  That individual is a lot lighter in color than the other twenty cranes.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

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Halloween Birds (Just for fun)

What is under your dock? Hmm?

What is under your dock? Hmm?

Happy Halloween!  Here are some of my collection of rather strange pictures just for a bit of crazy fun!  You won’t see such a great picture of a headless bird here very often.  Ha!  Enjoy!

Lurking

Lurking

The Headless Heron

The Headless Heron

The Ghostly Singing Midnight Anhinga

The Ghostly Singing Midnight Anhinga

 

This Blog’s Anniversary!

Red-headed Woodpecker, Crossville, TN

Red-headed Woodpecker, Crossville, TN

Lake St. George, Fairfield Glade, TN

Lake St. George, Fairfield Glade, TN

 

Wood Stork, Sumter County, FL

Wood Stork, Sumter County, FL

 

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Lake St. George, Fairfield Glade, TN

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American Robins, Marion County, FL

 

 

Great Horned Owlet, Sholom Park, Ocala, FL

Great Horned Owlet, Sholom Park, Ocala, FL

This month is the sixth anniversary of this blog! How time flies  I started out talking about the critters I saw daily while we lived along the shoreline of a beautiful lake in a residential resort near Crossville, in Cumberland County, Tennessee.   Next, we lived a year at a little six acre place also in the Crossville, TN area.

Finally, we decided to make the move South to warmer Florida were we lived in Marion County near Ocala, and now live in Lake County, Florida.

A big thank you to all of you who read the blog! I appreciate you!   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version.  These are some older snapshots I know you will enjoy revisiting.  Enjoy!

Green Heron, Dunnellon, Fl

Green Heron, Dunnellon, Fl

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron, Sumter County, FL

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Ocala, FL

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Ocala, FL

 

The Little Farm in Crossville, TN

The Little Farm in Crossville, TN

Roseate Spoonbills Ding Darling Wildlife Preserve, Sanibel Island, FL

Roseate Spoonbills
Ding Darling Wildlife Preserve, Sanibel Island, FL

Lake Sumter, The Villages, FL

Lake Sumter, The Villages, FL

 

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