Female Hooded Merganser
A few days ago we went to see what was happening at the two small ponds near the Walmart on Highway 466 in The Villages, FL area. Happily, there were several egrets, alligators, herons, coots, ducks, turtles and cormorants there! It was several minutes of happy bird watching and photography.
It is not uncommon in Central Florida to see a lot of exotic birds and reptiles near civilization. It is something we Floridians are used to. At times, one may see a Great Egret hunting in the landscaped front area near a parking lot at a business, or even in the shrubbery at a roadway median! I was pleased to see all of this action mere minutes from my home. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Little Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Double Crested Cormorant
American White Ibises and a resting Wood Stork
There have been a tremendous number of water birds, and wading birds here in my area in the last week. I have seen several hundred Hooded Merganser ducks, about twenty-two or more Wood Storks, ten or so Great Blue Herons, probably thirty Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets, Anhingas, Common Cormorants, White Pelicans (sorry no pictures as they left before I returned with the camera), a Tri-color Heron, hundreds of American White Ibises, a pair of Sandhill Cranes, Canada, Egyptian and Chinese Geese, Pied-billed Grebes, Common Coots, and a Limpkin!
Such fun to watch all this action on a daily basis. I took these pictures here in Sumter and Lake Counties in The Villages, Florida, in the past week. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Great Blue Heron
Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets