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I love it when a photo turns out to show a reflection in the water of the bird paddling around, standing on the shore or walking around the shallows. There is something really beautiful about the reflections! I took these pictures at various times during the last year. It usually is easiest to get reflections in a picture on calm days at the end of the afternoon. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
White Pelicans, Lesser Scaup ducks, Double-crested Cormorants, Seagulls, a Great Blue Heron, Great Egrets, and a lone Wood Stork were all spotted yesterday afternoon at the beautiful Torri Pines golf course pond along Buena Vista Blvd. in The Villages, FL. This spot is in a northern neighborhood here in The Villages.
The Wood Stork, the Double-crested Cormorants, Seagulls, Lesser Scaup ducks, and the White Pelicans are migratory birds from places up north and in the mid-west who have come south to enjoy our warmer weather during the harsh cold months. By the way, last evening I spotted about 200 White Pelicans at the Freedom Pointe lake (both sides). No pictures as I did not have my camera then.
I think a few of these pelicans pictured here were among those sleeping at Freedom Pointe as it was almost dark when I saw that huge flock last night. We sure enjoy seeing all of these lovely birds! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy! P.S. This pond has developed a sink hole in it today (2/15/18) and is now rapidly draining. Don’t know when the needed repairs can be made by our community’s officials. I will let you know when I hear more. Wildlifewatcher.
The area where this Walmart shopping center is located on CR 466 is generally called the “Buffalo Ridge” area near The Villages, FL. It is across the highway from the charter schools. There are two small ponds at the right side of the shopping area and I often visit these bodies of water to spot a variety of wildlife. By the way, the juvenile Alligator is now about four feet long! Alligators grow quickly and especially so when there is a lot of food in their environment.
I often see Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Great Blue Herons, a Little Blue Heron, Anhingas, Coots, Moorhens, and various ducks in the two ponds. This also is where I saw that big flock of Cattle Egrets a few weeks ago. The larger of the two ponds is directly at the side of the Walmart parking lot. That larger pond often has more going on as far as bird life. Always fun to see which big birds are around! By the way, I love love love, the pizza at NYPD Pizza, which is at the shoreline of the smaller of the two ponds! No, they have not given me any consideration for this unofficial review! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
I think that this pond visitor is an older juvenile Double Crested Cormorant. Double Crested Cormorants are usually found in Tennessee closer to the Mississippi River. They don’t breed in large numbers here in Tennessee. This is the first one I have seen here in Cumberland County, TN. The Double Crested Cormorant will get darker in color and will have a slightly larger yellow to yellow-orange skin patch near its bill when fully grown. These aquatic birds eat fish, crayfish, and other small aquatic animals and larger aquatic insects. They tend to spend time with the herons. I am not 100% sure if this is a Double Crested Cormorant or if it is merely a Western Grebe or a Loon. My best guess is that it is a cormorant. I took these pictures yesterday in my yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!