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A Drake Common Moorhen

This Common Moorhen, a member of the Rail family of birds and a cousin to its almost look-alike, the Coot, was spotted at the Wal-Mart pond on CR-466, in The Villages, Florida last week.

Common Moorhens live happily in ponds, on the shorelines of lakes, and also in marshes.  Occasionally they are also on rivers.  These duck-like birds eat plants.  They are attractive and harmless. The hens (I did not see any that day) are a brown color but similar in looks to the drakes, which are charcoal dark grey and white with a red patch above their bill or beak.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Action at the Wal-Mart Pond

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A Little Blue Heron, a few Common Moorhens, and a little Pied-billed Grebe were spotted at the pond next to the Wal-Mart parking lot on CR 466 around the Buffalo Ridge area in The Villages, Florida last week.

The Little Blue Heron starts out as a white bird and gets darker with age until it is a lovely purplish-blue.  The Little Blue Heron also has greenish-yellow legs and feet.  It is a beautiful big wading bird.  The Little Blue Heron eats fish, frogs, turtles, crayfish, aquatic worms, aquatic snails, and sometimes, shore-based insects and mice.  The heron roosts in tall trees, and prefers Cypress Trees when possible.  please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  My thoughts and prayers are with those people in Northern California who are affected by flooding, or the precautionary evacuations for the Oroville Dam difficulties.

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

 

A Pied-billed Grebe and Common Moorhens

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

A Pied-billed Grebe and several Common Moorhens were spotted a few days ago at the lovely Sharon Weichens Preserve in The Villages on Lake Deaton.  The Pied-billed Grebe is a small duck-like water bird that dives for fish, frogs, tadpoles, small turtles and larger aquatic insects.  The little grebe is shy and pretty wary of people, preferring to dive in the middle of freshwater bodies of water such as ponds and lakes.  This grebe has a tan-colored medium-sized bill that has a black wavy stripe along the middle of it.

I enjoy seeing the Common Moorhens here in The Villages.  They are similar to Common Coots but instead of having a white fleshy area over their bill, they have a bright red area.  The hens are a grayish-brown and the drakes are charcoal grey to black sometimes with a slight purple hue.  They are quite similar to Purple Gallinules which are their cousins.  These birds eat aquatic plants, and grasses.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!

The Pied-billed Grebe

The Pied-billed Grebe

An Observation Deck at the Preserve

An Observation Deck at the Preserve

Male Common Moorhen

Male Common Moorhen

 

Hen Common Moorhen

Hen Common Moorhen

Common Moorhen in Flight

Common Moorhen in Flight

Lake Deaton Scenery Viewed from the Preserve

Lake Deaton Scenery Viewed from the Preserve

Back to the Shopping Center Ponds Part 2 of 2

 

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While I was at the shopping center ponds the other day, I also spotted turtles, a couple of alligators, and an Anhinga perched up in a small tree right next to the shore of the pond.  These were in addition to the Great Egret, pair of Hooded Mergansers, a Common Moorhen (red flesh over its bill), and the Common Coot.  I ran out of room on Friday’s post, so I’ll show photos of these animals today.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

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Random Pictures

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A Turkey Vulture, a Snowy Egret, an Anhinga, a Swallowtail Butterfly, a pair of Common Moorhens, a hybrid Mallard and Mottled Duck, a Snowy Egret, and a Great Blue Heron, all were spotted an photographed this past week here in my area.  I so enjoy getting out with my camera and taking pictures of the wildlife!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of that same photograph.  Enjoy!

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