(Please click on each of the thumbnail images to see the slightly larger version of that photo. Enjoy!)
Two Roseate Spoonbills visited the shore of Lake Paradise in The Villages, Florida, this afternoon! I took these pictures at dusk and from across the lake so I had to crop the shot to allow you to better see the bird. These are quite rare here in Lake County, FL!
This is the first time I have seen spoonbills in The Villages! We actually had a crowd of wading birds at Lake Paradise today. There were many Great Egrets, Double-crested Cormorants, Snowy Egrets, the Roseate Spoonbills, seven Wood Storks, many White Ibis, and even a Great Blue Heron. Wow! Very unusual. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Wood Storks have been here in The Villages, FL pretty much all year. These are among several of my favorite photographs of the Wood Storks. These birds are not much on looks but are easy-going big exotic wading birds. I enjoy seeing these birds quite a lot! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Birds cool off by opening their beaks or bills to breathe cooler air into their system. So on a hot day or evening if you see a bird panting, they are just trying to keep cool. They also will often try to sit or perch in a shady spot or wade in a stream, pond or lake. I took these photos last night at dusk here in The Villages, Florida. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
A Snowy Egret, a couple of Great Blue Herons, and surprisingly, a hawk (probably a Red Shouldered Hawk but hard to tell) were all spotted here in The Villages, Florida, last evening at about 5:30.
I spotted the egret at Lake Paradise, the Great Blue Herons at Lake Paradise and Lake Mira-mar, and the hawk at a lamp-post on Morse Blvd. near Rio Grande. Always fun to spot the hawks as they are not as frequently seen as are all the big wading and water birds here. I also spotted several Wood Storks which I will feature in a coming post. Always something to see here! So much fun! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
This small flock of Wood Storks were spotted at Paradise Lake in The Villages, Florida on Friday, May 12, 2017. The wonderfully serene but unusual-looking wading birds were here to enjoy the pickings of the remaining aquatic snails, worms, small minnows, tadpoles, frogs and such in the shallow water. The lake is extremely diminished from its normal water level.
Happily, we did have a big rain on Saturday here but it did not do too much to raise the lake’s level. The Wood Storks were only on the lake that one day. I hope we see them again soon! They are one of my favorites! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
This migratory flock of Wood Storks was seen on Nov. 17, 2016 at the small lake right behind Freedom Pointe assisted living facilities on El Camino in The Villages, FL. The placid storks were among a throng of egrets, herons, ducks, geese and cormorants at the two side by side little lakes.
The Wood Storks are a threatened species that has been known to fly as far as fifty miles from its nest in search of foods like: aquatic worms, snails, small fish, small turtles, frogs and fish or frog eggs.
The Wood Storks are so calm and enjoyable to watch. They seem to be curious about people but are unfazed when people are in their vicinity. They are not “Tame” but are wild exotic birds. It is very important that people to not feed Wood Storks as it will cause them to become dependent on people’s hand-outs and then the birds will not hunt naturally as much (and the handouts may prove unhealthy for their system). Another thing is that it is against Florida law to feed exotic birds. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Wishing everyone a very happy Thanksgiving!