Little Blue Heron
Hooded Mergansers, herons, a Pied-billed Grebe, Florida Mottled Ducks, and a Lesser Scaup Ducks were spotted on Nov. 12, 2019 at a neighborhood park pond here in The Villages, FL. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Florida Mottled Ducks
Drake Hooded Merganser
Hooded Merganser Ducks, Hen Lesser Scaup Duck and Pied-billed Grebe
Tri-Colored Heron and Little Blue Heron
Last evening I did a bit of bird watching at Paradise Lake, Lake Mira-mar, and the Golf View Lake here in The Villages, Florida where I spotted many wild ducks. Most of the ducks were the native wild Florida Mottled Ducks, Mottled and Mallard hybrid ducks and a few Mallard Ducks.
All of these are dabbling ducks that tip their head into the water to grab small insects, worms and aquatic plants to eat. These ducks are here all year around. They are enjoying our many small ponds and lakes and have made themselves quite at home here. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Mottled Ducks and Whistling Ducks were seen at a couple of ponds here in The Villages last week and also a couple of weeks ago. These ducks live at our ponds here all year around and are wild ducks. They eat pond insects, small tadpoles, tiny fish, grains and seeds.
The Black-bellied Whistling Ducks are the one with the gorgeous pink bill and feet. The Florida Mottled Ducks resemble their cousins the Mallard Ducks and the Black Ducks. In fact, there are many hybrid Mallard Mottles here. Florida tries to keep the population of wild Mallard Ducks very low to help prevent inter-breeding. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Double-crested Cormorants at the Freedom Pointe Lake
Wading birds, ducks, exotic geese, cormorants, and egrets were all spotted in The Villages, FL this past weekend. It was so fun to see five resident White Pelicans at the Nancy Lopez course. Those pelicans have now been here for the past three years and apparently do not migrate North with the hundreds of other White Pelicans that spend the Winter here.
Bird watching is such a pleasant hobby! I so enjoy sharing the views of the many different birds here in The Villages with you via this blog. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Great Blue Heron at the Freedom Pointe Lake
Great Egret at the Glenview Country Club decorative pond
Snowy Egret at the La Hacienda Golf Course Pond
Egyptian Geese at Nancy Lopez Driving Range Pond
White Pelican and Cormorants at the Nancy Lopez Driving Range Pond
Florida Mottled Ducks at the Nancy Lopez Driving Range Pond
Florida Mottled Ducks are around in many ponds and lakes here in The Villages, Florida these days. I also have seen a few hybrid Florida Mottled and Mallard ducks here too. Like their cousins the Mallards, Mottled ducks are social and talkative, with a bit softer quack than the more rowdy Mallards.
Mottled Ducks also look quite like a female or hen Mallard or even a Black Duck. These ducks are tipping ducks that tip their head under water slightly to grab passing food. Of course, they also eat insects, small reptiles and frogs and grains or seeds on the shoreline on occasion. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
A Great Blue Heron, a small flock of Florida Mottled Ducks, and a Great Egret in flight were all spotted from the shore of the lovely little Schwartz Park on Lake Paradise in The Villages, FL on Wednesday late in the afternoon. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the image. Enjoy!
The Florida Mottled Ducklings have made their appearance on lovely little Lake Paradise here in The Villages, FL in recent days. I took these photographs from Schwartz Park last Friday. These ducks are native here in Florida and are very similar to the Mallard Ducks.
The little ducklings are adorable and are still in a very tight single file formation behind their mother. As the ducklings grow, they will venture farther away from mother. I enjoy watching all the baby waterfowl here on our lakes and ponds. It has been very rainy so it is hit or miss whether or not I can get out to do much bird watching. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
This photo was taken at Freedom Pointe lake in The Villages, FL, on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger photo of the Mottled Ducklings. Enjoy!
A trio of Cooter Turtles, a pair of Florida Mottled Ducks, a Monarch Butterfly, a Fence Lizard, a Carolina Wren and a couple of Great Egrets (not shown here due to blurry rainy pictures) were all spotted on Sunday, April 15, 2018 in the afternoon at the lovely Fenney Springs Nature Trail and Spanish Moss Park in The Village of Fenney in The Villages, FL.
The Fenney area is among the most recently developed areas of The Villages, and it has an especially beautiful regional park! The springs are a natural area with added man-made ponds among the fields and Live Oaks. The park has a lovely accessible boardwalk nature trail. There also are a few well-placed picnic tables in the grassy area slightly away from the boardwalk and close to the rear pond. There seemed to be a good amount of parking available for cars and carts, too. We had to cut our quick visit short due to thunderstorms. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Mallard and Hybrid Mallard Mottled Ducks
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Hybrid Male Mallard and Florida Mottled Duck
Lesser Scaup Drake (male)