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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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