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Birds Ducks and Waterfowl at Paradise Park


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

Double-crested Cormorant


Double-Crested Cormorants

Double Crested Cormorants are frequently here on our ponds and lakes in the winter months here in The Villages, Florida.  These birds enjoy the warm weather quite a lot and around ponds, lakes, rivers, and both fresh and salt water marsh-lands.  Some of these cormorants are natives here but many are migrants from places north of us.  I also have spotted Double-Crested Cormorants at marina docks on the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico at Cedar Key here in Florida.

These water birds dive for fish, frogs, baby alligators, tender soft-shelled turtles and larger aquatic insects and aquatic mollusks.  At times, Double-crested Cormorants are mixed in near the White Pelicans here.  The Double-Crested Cormorants are similar in looks to the slightly smaller Anhinga birds.  The Anhingas have a straight bill while there is a downward hook to the tip of the bill on the Double-Crested Cormorants.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Diving for a bit of food

Sandhill Cranes on the Golf Course

A pair of Sandhill Cranes was seen on the Arnold Palmer Legends golf course off of CR 466 near Morse Blvd. in The Villages, FL on Friday.  These birds appear to be yearlings and maybe are a couple.  The big birds are often spotted on the edges of golf courses here.

I was excited to see the cranes near the fence next to the multi-modal trail where we were driving in the golf cart.  It certainly made it easy to get the snap-shots of the cranes.  By the way, the grasses here in our area are going dormant due to the season and that is why many lawns are looking a lot more brown these days.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!



Wildlife in Belize

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

I have been to Mexico and Belize on a one week cruise last week.  I only took pictures while in Belize for a single day, and enjoyed a couple hours on the Belize River while en-route to the Mayan ruins at Altun-ha.  On the river we saw about 10 Little Blue Herons in different spots; a few black Howler Monkeys; several Iguanas (males are orange), two Crocodiles; a Yellow-crowned Night Heron and a few tropical song-birds.

It was really interesting to see all the exotic and familiar (Little Blue Herons) wildlife there.  I hope to return to Belize some day.  It is a lovely place with interesting friendly folks!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Insect Bats

Tropical Songbird seen at Altun-ha Mayan ruins (Couch’s Kingbird?)

Yellow-crowned Night Heron


Male Iguana


Young Howler Monkeys

An Eastern Blue Jay and Two Mourning Doves

This Eastern Blue Jay was spotted on the lawn at Paradise Park in The Villages, Florida a few days ago.  I am thrilled to photograph the little birds as it seems all I ever do is take pictures of the larger exotic birds.

This Blue Jay is the more commonly seen blue jay here in Florida.  The other blue jay is the Florida Scrub Jay which is smaller and has a lot more of the blue and only a bit of white/grey.  The Scrub Jay is quite rare here now.  Both jays love nuts seeds and insects!  This one seems to have successfully hunted that morning and had a full belly.

The Mourning Doves were spotted on Sunday at the freshwater marsh where I spotted a lot of egrets and ducks.  The doves were perching on the fencing and were not bothered by my presence in any way.  These doves seemed to be very calm birds.

I enjoy being in the parks here and taking pictures of the various birds.  Always something to see on the lawns, in the trees, marsh preserves and of course, on the lakes.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Our Egrets

Cattle Egret

Egrets are resident birds here in The Villages, FL area.  We have a lot of small lakes and ponds and tiny creeks here with plenty of food for these birds.  Of course, the Cattle Egrets come and go and are mainly seen near the few horse and cattle ranches we have in the overall community.  We tend to have more Great Egrets here than Snowy or Cattle Egrets.  All are meat or insect eating birds.   There also are Reddish Egrets in the region but I have only spotted one here in The Villages and that was months ago.

The largest of these three kinds of egrets is the Great Egret which is perhaps three feet tall.  The smallest of these egrets is the Snowy Egret, with the Cattle Egret in the mid-range.  I took these pictures at various times this year here in The Villages, primarily on Lake Mira-mar, Lake Paradise, and Freedom Pointe Lake.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!  P.S.  The community’s archery range will reopen today for the first time since Hurricane Irma damaged it a bit.  Hooray!


Snowy Egret

Great Egret and Snowy Egrets

Great Egret

Wood Storks

Wood Storks are seen here in The Villages, FL every now and then.  They fly together in small flocks and stay for several days.  These larger wading birds eat grains, small fish, frogs, small tender turtles, small alligators, and aquatic snails.

We have had minor flooding here and I spotted a pair of these Wood Storks strolling down flooded Kim Street at Boone Park on Lake Paradise earlier this evening.  The storks were accompanied by a Great Egret, a Little Blue Heron and several Mottled Ducks.  The other stork was spotted in the parking lot at the flooded Lake Mira-mar in The Villages.  I had to take several of the pictures from quite a distance because of the flooded Boone Park and Kim Street areas (the other bird, which was at Lake Mira-mar, was quite close to our golf cart).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!




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