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Belted Kingfishers

The Belted Kingfisher is a very elusive small bird that is found near ponds, rivers, lakes, and even salt  marsh-lands.  The Belted Kingfishers fly over the water to catch fish for their meal.  They stab the fish with their thin strong and sharp bill.  These birds are a steel-blue in color with a white neck and breast, and a patch of rust-colored feathers on the flanks.  Belted Kingfishers have black eyes and a black bill.

Belted Kingfishers are shy birds that fly quickly.  They are wary of people and hard to photograph.  I am glad I got these long-distance (and cropped for good viewing) pictures.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Cormorants and Anhingas

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Common Cormorants and Anhingas are both similar-looking semi-tropical water birds.  They fly well, and also paddle around lakes, ponds, and rivers.  The Common Cormorants also can frequently be found in salt water marshes or along the shore of the ocean.  Both birds eat fish, aquatic snails, worms, frogs, tadpoles, crayfish, and small turtles.  The Common Cormorants also eat some shellfish as well as small crabs.

One distinct physical difference between these birds is that the Anhinga has a straight strong bill that is sword-like.  The Common Cormorants also have a sturdy bill but it has a slight downward hook at its tip.  Both birds often can be seen with their wings outspread to dry.  Both also roost in the trees.  I took these pictures last week here in my area at two smaller lakes and at a pond.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Just Duckie!

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Hen Mallard Duck

Hen Mallard Duck

Hooded Merganser Ducks

Hooded Merganser Ducks

Here are some of the ducks that have been here in my area in the last week or so.  I have spotted a flock of Hooded Mergansers, the ever-present Mallard Ducks, a lot of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, a few Lesser Scaup Ducks, and at least two Bufflehead Ducks!  Quite the bunch.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Hen Mallard Duck

Hen Mallard Duck

 

 

 

Hen Bufflehead Duck

Hen Bufflehead Duck

Lesser Scaup Ducks

Lesser Scaup Ducks

Mallard Ducks

Mallard Ducks

Whistlers Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving

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Wishing all a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Here are some photographs I took weeks ago of whistlers that I hope you will like.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger photo.  Enjoy!

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It’s A Whistler Wednesday!

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Here are Black-bellied Whistling Ducks in action.  They are super-swift in flight.  I love spotting these cuties.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

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Flying Birds and Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Here are a collection of photographs I have recently taken of  herons, ducks, geese, Anhinga and ibises.  I hope you will enjoy seeing these pictures.  It is tremendous fun to get out to the lakes, marshes and ponds to see these birds here in Lake, Sumter, and Marion Counties, here in Florida.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of that picture.  Enjoy!

Florida Mottled Ducks

Florida Mottled Ducks

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

 

Canada Geese

Canada Geese

Anhinga

Anhinga

American White Ibises

American White Ibises

Our Old Friends, The Mallards, Are Back!

DSC_6877Mallard Ducks have returned to the area and I sure am glad.  Some here in Florida dislike the Mallard Ducks because of their interbreeding with our Florida native ducks, the Florida Mottled Duck.  The two are really closely related and so are comfortable becoming mates.  Our Florida wildlife officials do not like having a lot of Mallards out in the wild.

Property owners in Florida are expected to keep their domesticated Mallards at home on their farms and ranches, and not allow them to fly free.  I think this bunch is a migratory flock that came South for the Fall and Winter months.  In any event, I like Mallard Ducks!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Egyptian Goose on the Loose!

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This is an Egyptian Goose that I spotted about a week ago, at a small park lake in Lake County, Florida.  These waterfowl are not true geese, but are an old hybrid mixture of Shelduck and Goose.  This species originally came from the Saharan regions in Africa.

There a number of Egyptian Geese out in the wild in Central Florida.   All Egyptian Geese here are  escapees from zoos or private farms, or are birds intentionally let loose for whatever reason (or descend from such).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of each photo of this beautiful bird.  Enjoy!

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Reflections and Shadows at Dusk

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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!

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Waders on Wednesday

American White Ibises

American White Ibises

Great Egret, Snowy Egret and Tri-colored Heron

Great Egret, Snowy Egret and Tri-colored Heron

Tri-color Heron

Tri-color Heron

 

I took a bunch of photographs of various wading birds at two small lakes adjacent to a local highway.  Both are in park, business and residential areas in a planned community here in Florida.  I spotted a trio of a Tri-colored Heron, a Great Egret and a Snowy Egret all perched in the boughs of a very large Cypress Tree on the banks of one of the lakes.

The gaggle of Ibises was attracted by a family out strolling around the park and feeding the birds.  Free food is hard for birds of any kind to resist.  I also saw a few Chinese Geese which look like they escaped from some local farm (or were let go at the lake).  All of these birds were spotted on July 19, 2015.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Anhinga

Anhinga

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

 

American White Ibises

American White Ibises

Great Egret

Great Egret

Chinese White Domestic Geese

Chinese White Domestic Geese

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