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Bald Eagle

Sandhill Crane

Great Blue Heron

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes are found here in The Villages, FL, in several spots all year long.  We have a native Southern Sandhill Crane population that mostly stays on or near golf courses or park areas near ponds.  These large birds eat grasses, seeds, insects, aquatic plants, aquatic snails, and occasionally small fish or frogs.

We usually see the Sandhill Cranes in pairs or family units with parents and one or two offspring, called “Colts”.  When traveling, the cranes will flock up and sometimes we will see ten or even twenty of the cranes here along the shore of our small lakes.  I am always thrilled to see the Sandhill Cranes!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo.  Enjoy!

Sandhill Cranes in The Villages, FL

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Migratory Cranes in The Villages, FL

Six Sandhill Cranes were spotted on Dec. 28, 2018, on Buena Vista Blvd. near the designated fishing pond here in The Villages, Florida.  The cranes were in an area South of the fishing pond that seems to be a series of rainfall retention basins that were chock-full of water.

Some of the cranes started calling for their flock-mates.  The majestic big birds raised their heads, opened their bills and called.  This call is a very loud soprano trill that can be heard quite a long way off.

The Sandhill Cranes that are our all year-around flock, generally are seen in tiny family groups of two to four.  These birds love to browse on tender grassy areas.  They eat grains, seeds, grasses, and insects.  I always love seeing these birds!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the particular photo.  Enjoy!  Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year in 2019!

Florida Sandhill Cranes

 

Florida Sandhill Cranes are native here in Florida and are here all year around in addition to our migratory Sandhill Cranes which are only here in the Winter and early Spring.  We often see Sandhill Cranes at several spots in The Villages, FL.

Sandhill Cranes enjoy strolling around our golf courses as they love being around the golf ponds and nibbling on the tender green grasses.  Many are no longer really wary of golfers and golf carts.  They seem somewhat nonchalant about people playing through.  I was pretty surprised to see three cranes stroll past a pair of golfers and around two parked golf carts just as calmly as if those people and carts were not there at all.

The cranes of course, also love our preserves marshes and swamps!  I have seen Sandhill Cranes in the yards of homes, in landscaped medians on roads and also in parks.  They just adjust to the area they want to feed and rest in.  I think these birds nest in marsh areas and preserves near ponds or lakes.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.

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!

 

 

Water Birds and Waterfowl in Flight

A Double-crested Cormorant

White Ibis, Mallard Duck, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, a Double Crested Cormorant, A Snowy Egret, Sandhill Cranes, and a Little Blue Heron were all photographed while in flight.  All were moving from place to place here in Central Florida in The Villages and in the Ocala area.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

A Hen Mallard Duck

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

White Ibis

 

Sandhill Cranes

A Snowy Egret

A Little Blue Heron

Big Birds at the El Santiago Pond in The Villages, FL

Bald Eagles, Osprey, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Wood Storks, Anhingas, Little Blue Herons, Trio-colored Herons, White Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Double-crested Cormorants, Sandhill Cranes, Mottled Ducks, Muscovy Ducks, Mallard Ducks and Black-bellied Whistling Ducks all have been spotted at the lovely pond at the El Santiago Golf Course in The Villages, Fl this year.

I often can spot several larger birds here and am usually rewarded with good sightings.  There is easy access to the pond from Enrique Drive or the recreation center’s parking lot.  By the way, the Bald Eagles sometimes perch on the electric line towers both on the golf course and just down the street.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

Courting Sandhill Cranes

This flock of Sandhill Cranes has been frequenting the shrinking Paradise Lake in The Villages, Florida for a couple of weeks now, mostly at dusk.  I have photographed these birds a few times now.  The cranes are becoming lively and showing courtship ritual behaviors such as jumping up and dow with spread wings and vocalizing a little.

The lake is ultra-low now due to our on-going drought conditions.  There is still a lot of food for the large birds in and on the lake.  The grasses, seeds, frogs, tadpoles, crayfish, and aquatic weeds are all food for these beautiful big birds.  I think we will be seeing and hearing the “Colts”, which are the baby Sandhill Cranes in several weeks!  I can’t wait.  I took these pictures last night at about 6:30pm.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

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!

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