Hooded Mergansers, Mottled Ducks, Mallard Ducks, Lesser Scaup Ducks, and Northern Shoveler Ducks are all frequent visitors here in The Villages, FL during the Winter months. We also occasionally see Green or Blue Winged Teal Ducks, Northern Shoveler Ducks, and rarely, the Ring-necked Ducks and Wood Ducks. I am always happy to see these pretty ducks here! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. I will have a brief post on Wednesday. Enjoy!
Lesser Scaup Ducks
Northern Shoveler Ducks
Drake Hooded Merganser
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Hen Hooded Merganser
Black Bellied Whistling Ducks make their home at several local ponds and lakes here in The Villages, Florida. These lovely brown and tan ducks with pink bills and feet are seen waddling around the grassy banks feeding on worms, grubs, and seeds. These ducks also feed on aquatic insects, smaller tadpoles and some aquatic snails.
The “Whistlers” are similar to the Mallards and Mottled Ducks in their feeding habits. They tip their heads into the water to find food in the shallows and mud. I really enjoy seeing the ducks and hearing their whistles – they do not quack. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
White Pelicans at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course Driving Range Pond
There are photographs I recently took here in The Villages, FL. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Mottled Ducks at the Freedom Pointe Lakes
Wood Storks & White Pelicans at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Driving Range Pond
Great Blue Heron at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Pond
Turkey Vultures & Great Egrets at the Freedom Pointe Lakes
Crows at the Freedom Pointe Lakes
Tai-Colored Heron, Mottled Ducks at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Driving Range Pond
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Bald Eagle on the deserted swimming beach at Kerr Scott Lake
A Bald Eagle was seen on a deserted swimming beach at the lovely Kerr Scott Lake near Wilksboro, North Carolina last week at dusk. This Army Corps of Engineers lake is a beautiful spot with a nice campground and the swimming beach park across the lake (that beach park was only open during the Summer). I also spotted a trio of friendly domestic ducks happily paddling around and about five Eastern Bluebirds flitting around catching insects for their meal. So nice!
We also went up to the Blue Ridge Parkway which is one of the most beautiful highways I have been on. No, we did not take our 28′ Fifth Wheel trailer up there! Too winding and narrow. That parkway has mowed grass on both shoulders and is one lane each way.
The Blue Ridge Parkway runs through mixed hardwood and coniferous forests and has several areas with parking lots and lovely picnic tables and other park features. There also are overlooks which add to the scenic value. A wonderful experience even if we only drove about 6 miles on that road (about 1/2 hour from Wilksboro, N.C.). Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Scenic Elk Mountain Overlook, The Blue Ridge Parkway
Scenic view of Lake Kerr Scott, Wilksboro, NC
Friendly domesticated farm ducks in the lake
Bluebird with insect
I was in Eufala, Alabama last week and visited the Lakepointe Resort State Park Campground and Eufala National Wildlife Refuge. Here are some more photographs I took during this visit. I loved spotting Kildeer, a lone male Northern Cardinal, a pair of Gadwall ducks, a flock of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, a Northern Mockingbird, and several Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons. It was a fun visit! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Male Northern Cardinal
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret with State Park Resort Hotel in the Background
Flock of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks in Flight
Today’s almost wordless Wednesday offering is view of the White Ibis flock, a Wood Stork with the White Ibis, Mallard/Mottled Duck hybrids, a couple of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, a Great Egret, and a Canada Goose. All were at the little Lake Mira-mar at Spanish Springs, The Villages, FL, a few days ago. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!