These Great Egrets were seen at Golf View Lake (a pond) and at Lake Paradise at Boone Park here in The Villages on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. The large egrets were there at the pond on the shore of a golf course, along with about fifteen or so Snowy Egrets.
There must be quite good fishing at Golf View Lake now, as it is unusual to see so many egrets at one small pond’s shoreline. This pond is a few blocks from two small lakes. 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!
Sandhill Cranes; Great Egrets; Great Blue Herons; White Pelicans; Mallard Ducks; Canada Geese; and Anhingas have all been regularly spotted each Winter, here on our small ponds and lakes in The Villages, Florida. It is always a treat to go out and do a bit of bird watching! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Canada Goose, Mallard Ducks, Great Egret
Great Blue Heron
Migratory ducks, pelicans, cormorants, cranes and more have been spotted here in The Villages, FL, in the last several weeks. So exciting to drive a few miles and visit several ponds teeming with wildlife! Most of our small ponds, lakes, and prairie marshes, have at least a few exotic birds hanging out along the shoreline, so chances are great you will have a successful outing while bird watching! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Northern Shoveler Ducks
Double-crestedCormorants, egrets, white Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Wood Storks
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
Great Egrets are most often seen around ponds lakes rivers and marshes but occasionally they hunt in residential neighborhoods here in Florida and in other semi-tropical areas in the USA. This is especially true here in The Villages, FL, where there are many small ponds and lakes located in residential areas (mostly golf ponds). Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Little Blue Heron
These two small ponds are on CR-466 in The Villages next to and near the Walmart’s parking lot. I took these pictures on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. That ‘Gator looks to be about 9’ long by the way. I took the photographs from the opposite shore of this pond! I have taken pictures at this location several times in the last few years.
In addition to the Alligator, there were two Little Blue Herons, a Try-colored Heron, a Great Egret, a Pied-billed Grebe, and two Anhingas. Pretty amazing to see all that wildlife so close to commercial enterprises and parking lots!
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Little Blue Heron