Egyptian Geese are apparently making a home for themselves here in the United States. I have occasionally spotted pairs or small groups of these African immigrant geese during the last couple of years.
I also recently saw a photo from Texas where a pair of Egyptian Geese were strolling around a golf course. I think that may have been the idea of bringing these geese here from Africa. The Egyptian Geese are lovely and seem to have an OK temperament. I took these pictures on Lake Paradise on May 9, 2017. I also earlier spotted Egyptian Geese at the lake behind Freedom Pointe in The Villages, where there were a family of these geese, but that was about two months back. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.
Lake Paradise in The Villages, Florida has an amazing number of birds visiting these days. Of course with the water level so low, there has been very easy access to fish, frogs, tadpoles, turtles, aquatic insects, and aquatic plants. The supermarket for birds has been open for fine dining and the birds have been loving it. No rain other than our big storm on Saturday. That helped a tiny bit. I was glad for the moisture.
I took these pictures on Sunday early in the evening. I spotted the flock of White Pelicans, a Great Blue Heron, a pair of Egyptian Geese, a few Double Crested Cormorants, lots of Canada Geese, a flock of White Ibis, several small shorebirds, crows, and the usual Mallard and Mottled Ducks. I never know what birds will be there so it is a lot of fun to check on the visitors. I think they also somehow check on us, too! Ha!
Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of that picture. Enjoy!
This is the first family of Egyptian Geese I have seen. I have previously photographed adult Egyptian Geese but have never had an opportunity to see Egyptian Goslings as they are rare here.
Egyptian Geese are native to Africa and are a relative of the Shellducks. They eat plants such as grass and also grains and seeds. I think (just a quick guess) there maybe twenty to thirty Egyptian Geese here in this area but these are spread out over many lakes. The breed is just establishing themselves here in Florida.
These geese were imported to be golf course or farm pets and have escaped into the wild. They are not common. I took these pictures on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at the little lake behind Freedom Pointe here in The Villages, Florida. I took the pictures with my long zoom from across the lake as to not disturb the family of geese. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Mature White Pelican
White Pelicans, an American Alligator, Egyptian Geese, Sea Gulls, and a lot of Double Crested Cormorants all were spotted here in The Villages, Florida on the lovely little lake behind Freedom Pointe off of El Camino yesterday at Noon. Don’t worry, that ‘Gator seemed to be a smaller one! The alligators often can be seen here in the lakes and larger ponds. The pelicans and cormorants are migratory visitors to the area but the geese, egret and ibises are year-around residents. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
White Pelicans and Double Crested Cormorants
Cormorants and Pelicans
Egyptian Geese have made their home on Paradise Lake in The Villages, FL. This lake is private as is the park, and is for the enjoyment of the residents of The Villages. There are about six of these medium-sized geese here. The geese come and go between several small nearby ponds and lakes.
These Egyptian Geese originated in North Africa and were brought to Florida a number of years ago by someone to be golf course pond pets or farm pets. They are escapees. In any event, I doubt that there are many of the Egyptian Geese here in Florida. The geese hang out with the numerous Canada Geese and also occasionally with the White Ibis. They are grass eaters just like the Canada Geese. I took these pictures during the Summer here and have included a picture of part of beautiful Paradise Park. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
We still have power as of 9:30am so I am posting this. We have a bit of wind and a lot of rain. The storm itself will be in the Daytona area in another hour or so, and that is when it will be the closest to us here. I will let you all know what happens. So far, so good. The track of the storm is farther East off shore which is helpful to us (the coast will still be highly affected).
Little Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
I took these pictures this past Saturday during the early evening, at little Paradise Lake in The Villages, Florida. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!
Florida Mottled Duck
The geese are so smart that they have learned to bump the bird feeder pole and get a shower of tasty seeds to fall to the ground. Here at the little neighborhood park lake which is a residential lake as well, the waterfowl have all learned to take advantage of certain bird feeders for some extra chow!
I don’t know if the owners know the true reason for the waterfowl crowd being in their yard, but it is a interesting situation to observe. Poor squirrels may be getting a bad rap! Ha! Who can say? I do know that the Canada Geese, Florida Mottled Ducks, White Ibis, Double Crested Cormorants, and the Egyptian Geese sure love pecking up the bits of bird food scattered around the shoreline backyard! I took these pictures this last weekend. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!