These two Double-crested Cormorants were diving in a local pond for fish. One was successful and the other was out of luck. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
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Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of each of these photos I recently took here in The Villages, Florida. Enjoy!
Double-crested Cormorants are water birds that are often found in the company of White Pelicans here in The Villages, Florida during the Winter months. These dark brown and grey birds have an orange bill that has a slight hook at the tip, blue eyes, and orange-brown legs and feet. Their feet are webbed like a duck. After diving for food, they need to spread their wings out while perched to allow their feathers to dry out so they may fly.
Double-crested Cormorants mostly eat fish and are found here in lakes and ponds as well as marshes and along the sea coast. They are great fliers and roost in tall trees. Here in The Villages I often see many of these birds at Freedom Pointe Lake and at the little Golf View Lake pond near Lake Paradise. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Snowy Egrets were spotted as a small flock of perhaps ten birds, at the lovely little “Golf View Lake” pond behind the Paradise Recreation Center and Mark Twain Library here in The Villages, Florida on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 in the afternoon. This is likely a migratory flock on its way up North. It is very unusual to see so many Snowy Egrets (and probably seven Great Egrets) together. There also was a White Pelican, several Double-crested Cormorants, a Great Blue Heron, and two Canada Geese at the pond while I was there.
These are fish and frog-eating birds that wade in the shallows of ponds, streams, lakes and marshes to catch their prey with the sharp long bill. Snowy Egrets are small white egrets with mustard yellow legs and feet with a black bill. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Double Crested Cormorants are somewhat seasonal Winter migrant birds here in The Villages, Florida. A few do stay all year around though. These water birds especially like to accompany White Pelicans in their migration from up North. The cormorants roost in tall trees such as Oaks and Cypress near the water’s edge.
Cormorants often cooperatively hunt with small pods of White Pelicans. Double Crested Cormorants dive to hunt for fish, frogs, small turtles, and baby alligators in lakes, ponds and rivers as well as fresh and salt water marshes. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!