A trio of Florida Mottled Ducks, a Wood Stork with a Great Egret, and a hunting Snowy Egret were all spotted at the lovely Lake Paradise in The Villages, Florida. I spotted these at Boone Park and at Schwartz Park, which is right around the corner basically, from Boone Park. Both small pocket parks have a nice viewing area and the water at Boone has filled in nicely after the drought.
This is a neighborhood residential lake with three parks on it. The larger park of the trio is Paradise Park. I often go to this lake to watch for larger birds. I also occasionally spot Sandhill Cranes such as the trio I photographed in flight above the adjacent neighborhood. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Wood Stork and Great Egret
Florida Mottled Ducks
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!
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These Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, and Florida Mottled Ducks (Mallard Ducks with a few White Ibises were also in the crowd) were photographed yesterday at Paradise Lake in The Villages, FL. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that picture. Enjoy!
Likely a hybrid Florida Mottled and Mallard Duck
These ducks are Florida Mottled Ducks and hybrid Mallard/Fl Mottled Ducks. I took these pictures on Sept. 7, 2016 at a small private park lake, Lake Paradise, located in The Villages, FL. I took these pictures at Swartz Park and also at Paradise Park. Many times in the late afternoon or early evening, I see ducks at the tiny Swartz Park, on the gazebo/parking lot side. By the way, there sometimes are Black-bellied Whistling Ducks (Whistlers) at that location.
Florida Mottled Ducks and Mallards both are dabbing ducks. They tip their heads down into the water while they search the shallows of lakes, streams, and ponds for various types of aquatic insects and small aquatic animals. These ducks also enjoy eating grain.
The male or drake Mottled Duck has a bright yellow bill. Both genders of the Florida Mottled Duck resemble a hen Black Duck or a hen Mallard a bit. The Florida Mottled Ducks and Mallard Ducks often will interbreed so one can see a hybrid which resembles the Mallard, but is not quite fully Mallard in looks. I always enjoy watching ducks. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version. Enjoy!
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
Florida Mottled Ducklings have been spotted here in The Villages, Florida at a small parkland pond on Morse Ave. near Live Oaks Park (on the golf cart path side). By the way, I saw an amazing number of different types of water birds such as a Great Blue Heron, a white phase Little Blue Heron, a small flock of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, a pair of Sandhill Cranes and a Glossy Ibis in addition to the mama Florida Mottled Duck and her youngsters at this pond!
My husband and I spent a really fabulous few moments at the pond taking pictures and then we were on our way home (did not want to disturb the birds who were feeding). I so enjoy bird watching here in my community! I took these pictures on Saturday, April 30, 2016 late in the afternoon. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Some of the other water birds I saw at the pond!
I was in the right place at the right time. The lovely Florida Mottled Ducks and that Tri-colored Heron were the stars of the show last night in the twilight. I took the pictures at two small lakes across the highway from one another on July 23, 2015 in Lake County, Florida. The Tri-colored Heron was up on the side of a low arched street bridge over one of the lakes. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photograph. Enjoy!