Roseate Spoonbills, Sandhill Cranes, Wood Storks, Limpkins, a Black Crowned Night Heron, Egyptian Geese, White-phase Little Blue Herons, and Green Herons have all been photographed in freshwater marshes (sometimes referred to as “Prairies”), ponds, and small lakes here in or near The Villages, Florida. I love seeing these birds!
The Roseate Spoonbill (only seen here once in the four years I have lived here, the Black-crowned and White Little Blue Heron have to be the most seldom seen here of all of the above mentioned wading birds. The most common are the Wood Storks and Sandhill Cranes among the ones I am featuring today. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
White Phase Little Blue Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Roseate Spoonbill with Great Egrets
Egyptian Geese, and Canada Geese are the two types of geese seen commonly here in The Villages, FL. The Canada Geese are the larger population with some ponds seeing twenty or more individuals. There perhaps are about fifteen Egyptian Geese here as well.
Interestingly, there are a few hybrid Canada Geese around that are likely a mix of Greylag or Chinese White and Canada. These geese eat grass and some aquatic plants. The also love grains. We have a solid population of all of these geese here all year around. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Hybrid Canada Goose with Great Egret
A flock of Double-crested Cormorants; several Wood Storks; a flock of Canada Geese; several Egyptian Geese; a lot of Mottled Ducks; a few Great Egrets; a few Snowy Egrets; a few Mallard Ducks; and a small pod of White Pelicans. I also spotted a Southern Bald Eagle up on a nearby electrical tower. Today’s post is part one of two showcasing all these birds. I will show part 2 on Friday.
Our migratory Winter visitors, the true “Snow birds” are coming in droves daily here. I spotted all these birds on the driving range pond of the beautiful Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course here in The Villages, FL today. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
White Pelicans and Double-crested Cormorants
Three White Pelicans; a couple of Double-crested Cormorants; an Egyptian Goose; a Boat-tailed Grackle; several hybrid Florida Mottled/Mallard Ducks; and a Great Egret were all spotted this afternoon at the driving range pond on the beautiful Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course here in The Villages, FL.
The trio of White Pelicans have made this pond home all year. It is pretty unusual here for the pelicans to miss migration back up North but this little group apparently missed the flock or something.
On a side note, the minute we pulled up in our golf cart on the pond-side multi-modal trail, the ducks and goose started coming toward us. Like the White Ibis bunch at Lake Mira-mar, the golf cart must mean “Food”! No, so sorry. I do not feed exotic birds or even the pond ducks and geese here. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Hybrid Mottled/Mallard Ducks
Male Boat-tailed Grackle
Pelicans and Cormorants
Cormorant with fish meal
These seven Egyptian Geese were spotted this afternoon at the lovely Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course driving range pond in The Villages, Florida, on the power-line side (multi-modal path area). This group is the largest gathering of Egyptian Geese I have seen here in three years. The ancestors of these geese are native to Africa that were brought to Florida a few years ago and turned loose.
I think that some of this group may be the goslings I photographed two years ago here at Freedom Pointe lake. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Drake (male) Egyptian Goose in breeding plumage
Egyptian Geese were spotted at Lake Paradise in The Villages, FL on Tuesday evening at dusk. Until recently, I had not seen both genders together. There are not a lot of Egyptian Geese here so it was not readily apparent what both genders looked like in breeding plumage. I spotted two drakes and a single hen among lot of Canada Geese and a lone Wood Stork there at the lake.
All of the geese and the stork, were browsing on the grassy shoreline next to the golf cart multi-modal path (and meandering on that very path!). Note that in breeding colors, the males have the strong black barring and are a lot brighter in color than the females. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Pair of Egyptian Geese with a Canada Goose
Egyptian Geese were spotted at the lovely Boone Park on Lake Paradise in The Villages, FL on an unusually chilly afternoon on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. This quartet is a part of a small number of these exotic imported geese whose ancestors originally hail from North Africa. I would expect that these particular geese were born here in Florida. The Egyptian Geese are closely related to the Shellducks who they closely resemble. The Egyptian Geese are small geese. They are beautiful.
The quartet tried to approach our golf cart at the side of the road (this probably is a learned begging response such as the Ibises around here have). I do not feed wild larger birds (I occasionally do feed songbirds). Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!