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Male Northern Cardinal

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Great Egret

Florida Mottled Ducks

White Pelicans, Mallard Ducks, Double-crested Cormorant

A Living Lawn Ornament

This Great Egret was strolling around the front lawn of a neighbor of ours a few days ago.  It was the first time I have spotted a Great Egret on my street (we do have occasional flocks of White Ibis here though).  We live about a third of a mile from the little neighborhood lake, so the egret was not far from a normal area where one would expect to see such a bird walking around.

The Great Egret was likely hunting for a quick meal. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

White Ibis, Great Egret, and Muscovy Ducks

Young Adult White Ibis

White Ibis have been occasionally strolling around the neighborhood looking for tasty bites in the lawns and gardens here.  Our weather has been rainy with nearly daily thunderstorms happening in the afternoon hours.  I have not been out and about much both due to the weather and my husband being ill.

I did go out yesterday to the neighborhood lake and saw a pair of Muscovy Ducks paddling around which is not a usual sight on our lake.  I also saw a Great Egret in the distance on the far shoreline.  Not much to report due to weather and nesting season underway for many of the birds, not to mention, molting going on for many birds.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Muscovy Ducks

Great Egret

Egrets

Great Ergret

Egrets abound here in The Villages and in Central Florida around ponds, lakes, streams and marshlands. Great Egrets sometimes do hunt in landscaped areas near homes and businesses as they will eat snakes mice and lizards if hungry.  We mostly have Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, and Cattle Egrets here in Central Florida.  I have included a photo of a white-phase Little Blue Heron which is very similar to the Snowy Egret.

The Cattle Egret is primarily found near cattle or horse pasture lands but also sometimes can be found near lakes and ponds where it drinks and sometimes hunts along the shore.

I have only seen one Reddish Egret here and that was near Dunellon about four years ago.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly smaller version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Snowy Egrets

White phase Little Blue Heron

Cattle Egret

A Snowy Egret on a Windy Day

This Snowy Egret was spotted on the shoreline of the Freedom Pointe Lake here in The Villages, Florida, while I was riding down the multi-modal path in the golf cart.  This lake often has egrets, herons, ibis or ducks on the shore in this particular area.  This bird was actively hunting for its meal of fish or frogs.  The egret walks along in the shallows looking for its prey.  These are very good hunters!  Beautiful, too.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

An Unusual Roof Ornament!

This Great Egret was seen perched on the very top of a waterfront gazebo in Boone Park, The Villages, Florida, on Lake Paradise.  Yesterday, I took these pictures from the little parking area so as not to disturb the bird.  The weather has been very hot and rainy so I have not been bird watching much the last week.  The water level of the lake is quite high and fewer big birds have been seen (heat, wind and high water).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

A Great Egret and Great Blue Heron Meet

 

This Great Egret was perched several posts away from the Great Blue Heron on a small golf course and residential pond in The Villages, FL, near Orange Blossom Gardens, when the egret decided to sneak ever closer to the heron.  After reaching the next post to the heron, the egret decided enough was enough and off it flew.

The whole sequence of events here was pretty amusing as the heron had basically no reaction to the ever closer presence of the egret.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Cormorants, Egrets, Goose, Turtles and Herons!

Double-crested Cormorants and a Seagull

Water birds, wading birds and turtles were all spotted at Freedom Pointe and Paradise Lakes in The Villages, Florida this past weekend.  I am happy that the weather was nice enough to permit a bird watching jaunt both on Friday at dusk and on Saturday afternoon.

The Double-crested Cormorant flock will be flying North in coming days.  I was surprised that this flock did not follow the White Pelicans that left for their migration on Friday morning.  The Great Egret, Snowy Egret, the Cooter Turtles, Canada Goose, Great Blue Heron, and what is probably a Try-colored Heron, are all resident birds here in The Villages, Florida.  These birds are mostly meat eaters while the geese love seeds and grasses.  I love getting out and about at the many small ponds and lakes and preserves here!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Double-crested Cormorant in the Live Oak Tree Roost

Tri-colored Heron

Great Blue Heron and Double-crested Cormorants

 

Double-crested Cormorant, Cooter Turtle and a Canada Goose

Great and Snowy Egrets

Cooter Turtle

Waders on Wednesday

American White Ibises

American White Ibises

Great Egret, Snowy Egret and Tri-colored Heron

Great Egret, Snowy Egret and Tri-colored Heron

Tri-color Heron

Tri-color Heron

 

I took a bunch of photographs of various wading birds at two small lakes adjacent to a local highway.  Both are in park, business and residential areas in a planned community here in Florida.  I spotted a trio of a Tri-colored Heron, a Great Egret and a Snowy Egret all perched in the boughs of a very large Cypress Tree on the banks of one of the lakes.

The gaggle of Ibises was attracted by a family out strolling around the park and feeding the birds.  Free food is hard for birds of any kind to resist.  I also saw a few Chinese Geese which look like they escaped from some local farm (or were let go at the lake).  All of these birds were spotted on July 19, 2015.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Anhinga

Anhinga

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

 

American White Ibises

American White Ibises

Great Egret

Great Egret

Chinese White Domestic Geese

Chinese White Domestic Geese

Guana Wildlife Area

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This is the Guana Wildlife Management Area near St. Augustine, Florida along the Coastal Highway, A-1-A.  There is an education center that I did not go to, and a number of hiking trails through the forested areas.  Most of the area that I could see was the area of the Guana River marshes.  There are apparently Alligators and Manatees there at the marsh but I did not see these while I was there.

I did see a lot of people having big success fishing from the shore near the parking lot.  I also saw a few Snowy Egrets, a lot of Grackles, several Terns and Gulls, and a magnificent Osprey (Friday’s blog post here).  The area is posted with warnings about how Alligators can be dangerous to those wading along the shore.  I did see a couple of younger men standing in the shallow area of the river while fishing, but thankfully for them, no Alligators were around.  I hope to get back to see more of this beautiful large marsh park.  I took these pictures on Sept. 11, 2013.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger pictures.  Enjoy!

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