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The Great Egrets

Great Egrets are seen here in The Villages, FL, all year around.  The Great Egrets are the larger of the egrets.  One picture here is showing the Snowy Egret next to the towering Great Egret.

The Great Egrets frequent the marshes, lakes, golf ponds, and even flowerbeds and landscaping around buildings here in The Villages, FL as well as other places in the USA.

Great Egrets enjoy eating aquatic animals such as fish, frogs, smaller turtles, some aquatic snails, baby alligators, ducklings, goslings, and shore critters such as mice, lizards and smaller snakes.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!  This is dedicated to the memory of those who died in service to the country.  Happy Memorial Day to all.

 

 

 

 

Great Egret

Scenes from Paradise Lake

Lesser Yellowlegs

White Pelicans and Great Blue Herons

Wood Storks

 

 

 

 

White Pelicans, Sandhill Cranes, a Great Blue Heron, Canada and Egyptian Geese, ducks a plenty and egrets were all spotted at Paradise Lake in Paradise Park, The Villages, Florida on Tuesday (5/9/17) evening at dusk.  No rain in sight and the lake continues to shrink.  As a blog friend mentioned in comments on a recent post here, the birds seem to be benefitting short-term from the low water levels.

Additionally, I took several pictures at the lake this morning (5/12/17) and saw Wood Storks, White Pelicans, shorebirds of some type (Plovers?), and a huge gathering of egrets and herons.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the very slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!  P.S.  Happy Mother’s Day on Sunday!

Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, White Ibis

Sandhill Crane and Great Blue Heron in the Background

Shorebirds (Plovers?)

 

 

Egyptian Geese

Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks

Canada Goose

Some Favorites

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks at Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, FL

I have selected favorite photographs I have taken in Florida in the last three years to share here today.  I tend to love Wood Storks, all the different woodpeckers, assorted ducks, and the various herons and egret,s the best!  I hope you will like seeing these old favorites!

Wood Stork in The Villages, FL

A Little Blue Heron in The Villages, FL

A Green Heron in Dunellon, FL

 

 

A Great Egret in Breeding Plumage, The Villages,

Snowy Egret, The Villages, FL

A Pileated Woodpecker, Ocala, FL

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Great Egrets

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Great Egrets are here on our lakes all year around.  I enjoy them very much. The Great Egrets are the taller of the egrets here.  We basically have Snowy Egrets, Cattle Egrets and the Great Egrets.  On rare occasions, we will spot a Reddish Egret but they are quite unusual here.

The Great Egrets wade in shallow water and hunt for fish, turtles, frogs, tadpoles, larger insects, small shore-side snakes and mice.  They spear their prey with their strong pointed bill.  The Great Egret is white with a yellow bill and black legs and feet.  They have yellow eyes.  They are exquisite when in their billowy breeding plumage!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

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White Ibises and a Great Egret

Juvenile White Ibis

Juvenile White Ibis

White Ibises and Great Egrets are among the many varieties of birds frequenting our shrinking small lakes here in The Villages, FL these days.  The Great Egrets are sporting their magnificent breeding plumage now.  Quite the beautiful sight!  There are several juvenile White Ibises around, too.  The youngsters have the brown color mixed in with the white.  In a few months, they will turn white.

I took these pictures on Dec. 20, 2016 at Paradise Lake.  We are in a drought and the little lake is rapidly drying up.  The Boone Park area of the lake is mostly mud flats and Swartz Park is nearly so.  The main part of the lake still has a lot of water so all is not dire.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version the picture.  Enjoy.  Wishing everyone a very happy New Year in 2017!

Adult White Ibis

Adult White Ibis

Great Egret with empty Apple Snail shells on mud flat lake bottom

Great Egret with empty Apple Snail shells on mud flat lake bottom

The Great Egret and The Snowy Egret

Great Egret at right, Snowy Egret at left

Great Egret at right, Snowy Egret at left

Great Egrets are among the larger of the wading birds, while the Snowy Egret is a much smaller wading bird at about half the size of the Great Egret.  The Great Egret has a bright yellow bill and black legs while the Snowy Egret has bright yellow feet, greenish-black coloring in the legs and a black bill.  Both of these egrets are wading birds that eat fish, frogs, small tender turtles, aquatic snails and large aquatic insects and worms.  The Great Egret also will eat shore-side mice, lizards, small snakes and larger insects.

Both of these birds are very beautiful big white birds!  The Snowy Egret has stunningly beautiful plumage in breeding season, and is a real treat to see then.  I took the picture in The Villages, FL on a local lake a few weeks ago.  You really can see the difference in the size of both birds!  Here in The Villages, in central Florida, we often have Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, and the flocking Cattle Egrets.  Only on occasion does one see the much rarer Reddish Egret (which closely resembles a lighter Little Blue Heron).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Great Egrets, Snowy Egret, Wood Storks

Great Egrets, Snowy Egret, Wood Storks

Great Egrets

A Great Egret with White Ibises and Mallard Duck

A Great Egret with White Ibises and Mallard Duck

These Great Egrets were spotted on the shore of Paradise Lake in The Villages, FL on October 11, 2016 late in the afternoon.  The big birds were wading in the shallow water and walking on the grassy shoreline, hunting for a quick supper.  Great Egrets are sometimes even seen walking among the landscaping shrubbery at parking lots in our area of Florida.  Our area of Florida has many small lakes, ponds, and swampy marshes which are home to various wading birds such as egrets and herons.  The Great Egrets are both resident and migratory in this area.

Great Egrets are tall white birds that have black legs and feet, and a sharp long yellow bill.  Great Egrets eat fish, frogs, turtles, aquatic snails, aquatic insects, lizards, small snakes, large land insects, and occasionally mice.

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

Great Egret with Mallard Duck Hybrid

Great Egret with Mallard Duck Hybrid

Great Egret with Florida Mottled Ducks

Great Egret with Florida Mottled Ducks

 

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