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Wordless Fri.: Flying Waders

Juvenile White Ibis

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

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

Great Egret

Tri-colored Heron

Wood Stork

 

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Wood Stork

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Wading Birds at Freedom Pointe Lake in The Villages, FL

Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets and Tri-Colored Heron

Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Wood Storks, Anhingas, and a Tri-Color Heron were spotted this past week at the Freedom Pointe Lake in The Villages, FL.  This little lake borders a golf course, an assisted living complex, and a boulevard with golf cart multi-modal pathway.  It is often busy with wading birds during the Fall through Spring months.  I enjoy visiting this area as it is easy to see the birds from the path or the parking area.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Great Egret

Tri-colored Heron

 

Wood Stork

 

Great Egret

Snowy Egret, Cormorant, Great Egret

Great Blue Heron

Nearly Wordless Wednesday

Tri-colored Heron

These wading birds and the duck were all spotted at the little Freedom Pointe Lakes on El Camino Blvd.  in The Villages, FL this past weekend.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Wood Stork

Anhinga

Tai-Colored Heron and Snowy Egret

 

Muscovy Duck

Snowy Egret

Osprey and Common Cormorants

Eufala National Wildlife Refuge Part 2 of 2

Great Egret

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!

Northern Mockingbird

Gadwall Ducks

Male Northern Cardinal

 

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret with State Park Resort Hotel in the Background

Flock of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks in Flight

Cattle Egrets!

A flock of Cattle Egrets were spotted on the grassy banks of the ponds at the Souliere Villas in The Villages, Florida a few days ago.  This area has recently been developed and there are still several open fields there.  The area is also pretty close to small horse farms, too.  Cattle Egrets are usually found near horse or cattle pastures as they dine on insects attracted by the livestock.

These are medium-sized white-colored egrets that have a distinctive mustard yellow streak on their back near the neck and head.  They also have a yellow bill.  This flock was lounging and roosting among the scrubby low trees on the edge of the two man-made water retention ponds.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Wading Bird Wednesday

Snowy Egret

This Snowy Egret was hanging out near the shore of little Lake Mira-mar at Spanish Springs in The Villages, Florida.  After a few minutes it flew over to another area of the lake where it was joined by an adult White Ibis.

The Trip-colored Heron was spotted at the Freedom Pointe Lake while the Great Blue Heron was seen at a water retention pond area at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course near the driving range pond there.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Great Blue Heron

 

Snowy Egret

White Ibis and Snowy Egret

Tri-colored Heron

A Few Great Egrets

The Great Egrets here in Florida are the larger of the egrets.  These are lovely white birds that have a golden yellow sharp large bill and black legs and feet.  In the breeding season of late Winter, the Great Egrets develop long lacy feathers.  The Great Egrets are wading birds that stroll in the shallows of ponds, lakes, marshes and rivers to find shellfish, fish, frogs, larger insects and turtles.  These birds also will take to land and patrol the landscaped areas for mice, lizards and snakes to eat.

Great Egrets also are great at flying and sometimes will flock together to migrate.  We do have a year around population here but have a considerable number of birds come for the Winter.  Wishing all the ladies a very happy Mother’s Day on Sunday.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

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