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Wordless Friday: Flight

Seagulls

Seagulls

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Wood Stork

Wood Stork

Osprey

Osprey

 

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

White Pelican

White Pelican

 

 

 

Sandhill Cranes Part 1 of 2

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Sandhill Cranes arrived at the little neighborhood Paradise Lake here on Saturday night (12/14/17) at twilight.  First I spotted two of the big birds and then the rest of the flock flew in.  It was quite the sight!  The lake is very low again so I think the Sandhill Cranes like the mudflat sandbars in the middle of the lake.  I spotted twenty-one cranes at Swartz Park!

I believe this flock of Sandhill Cranes are migrating from up North.  I think that we do have a few here that are native to Florida as well that may be among the bunch.  One of the Sandhill Cranes is either a leucastic genetic mutation bird, or is a hybrid between the Whooping Crane and Sandhill Crane.  That individual is a lot lighter in color than the other twenty cranes.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

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The Sandhill Cranes Visit

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Six Sandhill Cranes were spotted on the shores of our little neighborhood park lake, Paradise Lake, on Sunday, December 11, 2016.  Two were near Swartz Park and four were on the far shore across from Paradise Park.

I think I witnessed a courtship dance but that is uncertain.  All of the sudden two of the four cranes started flapping their wings, bowing down a little and then each hopped several times. I think it was hubba-hubba I am great or maybe aggression?  Who knows?  I have never seen this behavior in person.  These are likely not resident Florida cranes.  I believe these are Winter visitors and may be on the way further South.  Again, who can tell?  Perhaps these beautiful big birds will remain in The Villages for the Winter season.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version.  By the way, in one picture, there is a Great Blue Heron standing very close to a Sandhill Crane.   The crane is the one with the red marking on its forehead.  Enjoy!

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Three Cranes at Sunset

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This family of Sandhill Cranes is one I have photographed several times.  The trio lives along the shore of a little park lake here in my community.  I really enjoy seeing the three.  The baby is getting really big!  The poor juvenile does have that deformed foot which although hard to live with, seems manageable.  I have often seen the bird stand on one foot.  Wading birds, geese and ducks do stand on one foot at times to rest.

I photographed the cranes last night at about 8:00PM as the Sun was setting.  The group is most often seen in the early morning or very late afternoon.  I was at Boone Park when I took these pictures.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photograph.  Enjoy!

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Florida Sandhill Cranes in The Villages, FL

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Sandhill Cranes have made their home in The Villages, FL at several locations.  They enjoy eating tender grasses so the big birds may be found around some of the golf courses and parks.  They also spend time near ponds and lakes for the water source.  They do not like wooded or tremendously marshy land except to travel through or to get a drink of water.  They prefer cleared land.  They also eat grains.

This pair of Sandhill Cranes are native here in Florida and have not migrated.  That is how one tells the natives from the migratory cranes from the Midwestern areas of the United States.  Basically, both types of Sandhill Cranes are nearly the same.  I am always thrilled to see the Sandhill Cranes here!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly smaller version of the photo.  Enjoy!  Wishing all Moms a Happy Mother’s Day on Sunday!

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Waterfowl, Wading Birds, and a Friend

Limpkin

Limpkin

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

American White Ibises and a resting Wood Stork

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!

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Grey Squirrel

Grey Squirrel

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

 

 

Osprey

Osprey

Wood Stork

Wood Stork

 

 

 

Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets

Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

New Views of the Horse Ranch Pond

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Sand Hill Cranes, a Great Blue Heron, a Great Egret and a Little Blue Heron were all spotted yesterday afternoon (10/4/15) at the horse ranch pond I have been taking pictures at over the past two years.  I have actually photographed this pair of Sand Hill Cranes many times.  I strongly believe that this is the same pair that had the little chick last January.  I had photographed the chick several times last Spring.  No sign of the juvenile, which is close to being an adult now.

This pond is on a large horse farm in Northwestern Marion County, Florida.   As always, I took the pictures from the side of the road.  It is a good spot to photograph the doings at the pond as it is far enough away that I do not disturb the birds.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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