Double-crested Cormorants and a Seagull
Water birds, wading birds and turtles were all spotted at Freedom Pointe and Paradise Lakes in The Villages, Florida this past weekend. I am happy that the weather was nice enough to permit a bird watching jaunt both on Friday at dusk and on Saturday afternoon.
The Double-crested Cormorant flock will be flying North in coming days. I was surprised that this flock did not follow the White Pelicans that left for their migration on Friday morning. The Great Egret, Snowy Egret, the Cooter Turtles, Canada Goose, Great Blue Heron, and what is probably a Try-colored Heron, are all resident birds here in The Villages, Florida. These birds are mostly meat eaters while the geese love seeds and grasses. I love getting out and about at the many small ponds and lakes and preserves here! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Double-crested Cormorant in the Live Oak Tree Roost
Great Blue Heron and Double-crested Cormorants
Double-crested Cormorant, Cooter Turtle and a Canada Goose
Great and Snowy Egrets
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!
A Common Cormorant, several Cooter Turtles, a Little Blue Heron, many Cattle Egrets, Cattle, and the Good Year Blimp were all spotted on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at the Northwest Marion County horse farm/cattle pasture pond that I often go to for wildlife observation. I take my pictures from the roadway so I am especially glad to have the long zoom lens.
That blimp was the big surprise of the afternoon, along with the gorgeous Little Blue Heron! Please click on the thumbnail images to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!
I visited our area’s beautiful botanical park (where I spotted the owls) on March 29, 2015, and again, March 31, 2015. I saw a few of the beautiful Cedar Waxwings high in two of the huge Pine Trees and also took pictures of a couple of the large fat Koi fish that are resident in the park pond. The Cooter Turtles also live in that pond.
The final park critter I saw was an oh-so-cute little Grey Squirrel that scooted up to the shady Gazebo next to the Koi Pond, and snagged some of the fallen fish food on the floor (sold in a machine at the gazebo for a quarter). That little squirrel was unafraid of people and calmly ate while four adults watched. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. By the way, I have just now returned to our Florida home and am glad to be back!