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Almost Wordless Wednesday: Waterfowl

Mallard and Hybrid Mallard Mottled Ducks

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

Hybrid Male Mallard and Florida Mottled Duck

Common Coot

Lesser Scaup Drake (male)

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Waterfowl and Wading Birds

Hooded Merganser Ducks at Lake Mira-mar

Great Egrets; White Pelicans; Snowy Egrets; Wood Storks; Pied-billed Grebes; Hooded Mergansers; Lesser Scaup Ducks; Mallard Ducks; Black-bellied Whistling Ducks; Great Blue Herons; Seagulls; Common Coots; Moorhens; Double-crested Cormorants;  Egyptian Geese; Canada Geese; White Ibis; Florida Mottled Ducks; Little Blue Herons, Anhingas; and to a lesser extent Sandhill Cranes; Glossy Ibis; and Limpkins, all are currently to be seen here in The Villages, FL on lakes, ponds, and park-like lawns.

Of course, I am only showing just a few here on today’s post.  It is such fun to see the big birds en-mass, at various times.  By the way, the roost area on Morse Ave. near Rio Grande that had been abandoned for about a year, is back to being used by at least the White Ibises and a few egrets!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Pied-billed Grebe at Lake Mira-mar

Snowy Egrets, Seagulls, Pelican, Wood Stork, all at Freedom Pointe Lake

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

Waterfowl Wednesday: Lots of Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Mottled Ducks and Mallard Ducks were all spotted at Lake Paradise near Schwartz Park and Boone Park yesterday at dusk (about 5:15pm).  I am starting to see more ducks each week here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

A Morning of Egrets!

Great and Snowy Egrets and Mallard Ducks

Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, and several other kinds of wading birds and water birds were all spotted at a large freshwater marsh/rainfall retention area that is a nature preserve here in The Villages, FL community.  This bird spot is located on Buena Vista Blvd. just South of the Lake Miona Recreation Center and the Bass Fishing Pond on that same street.

There were perhaps fifty egrets there with additional Great Blue Herons, Little Blue Herons, White Ibis, and Mottled Ducks, Mallard Ducks and the ever popular Black-bellied Whistling Ducks (including many juvenile whistlers)!  A truly nice gathering of birds to observe.  I took these pictures yesterday morning from the grassy area off of the multi-modal path near a nicely placed bench.  I of course used my long lens as the birds were quite a distance away.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly smaller version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Egrets and Florida Mottled Ducks

Egrets in the Preserve

Snowy Egret

Whistlers on Wednesday

These Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, or “Whistlers” were spotted here in The Villages, FL in a grassy area just coming out of a golf cart tunnel near Lake Sumter and Morse.  I took the pictures at about 6:00pm last night.  These are such cheery cute ducks that I always enjoy seeing them.  The small flock was grazing on tasty insects as the grass had just recently been cut and it had rained a little earlier in the day.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

The Calm Before That Storm!

A Squadron of Mottled Ducks sails on the Freedom Pointe Lake

Egrets, Egyptian Geese, Canada Geese, Herons and Mottled Ducks were all spotted here in The Villages, FL on the lake at Freedom Pointe and on the street parkway on Buena Vista Blvd. last week.  I so enjoy getting out an about to spot and watch the birds here.  We often see these exotic birds!  It is amazing.

I have been working on hurricane preparations as we expect to see some type of tropical storm force or hurricane force winds here on Sunday and Monday.  We don’t have a firm track for the hurricane so I cannot say how bad it should be but I think we will be better off here inland as we are 60 miles from both coastlines.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Please understand if I don’t post on Monday – perhaps we will have power but likely not.  Thanks.

A Great Egret Hunts in the Shrubbery on Buena Vista Blvd.

White Ibis, Egyptian Goose, Canada Goose and Great Blue Heron

A Great Egret Roosts at Freedom Pointe

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