Little Blue Heron
Two Little Blue Herons and a gorgeous Tri-colored Heron were spotted on Sun. August 26, 2018, at one of the small arms of Lake Okahumpka in the Lake Okahumpka County Park near The Villages, Florida.
This county park is beautiful with fitness and hiking trails through the natural areas, a canoe and kayak launch, a Disc Golf course, picnic areas and pretty Florida scenery. Admission is free and there seems to be good parking. The lake is very marshy, by the way.
The best time to visit the park now, is probably in the morning as we often have afternoon thunderstorms in Summer months. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Little Blue Heron in the smaller arm of the lake (pond like area)
Little Blue Heron at the Canoe/Kayak Launch Ramp
One of the Scenic Park Views
Tri-colored Heron at the Smaller Arm of the Lake
Little Blue Heron and Try-colored Heron perched on the Gazebo Structure
Tri-colored Heron and Little Blue Heron at the Gazebo Structure
This flock of Glossy Ibis were hanging out on the side of a freshwater marsh and golf course area here in The Villages, FL early this evening at about 5:00pm. This is the first time I have ever seen these two types of birds together. I also have never seen so many Glossy Ibis in one spot. These birds are a dark mahogany brown with blue-green accents and are oh-so-pretty! The Glossy Ibis’ feathers really shine in a metallic way when in breeding plumage (now).
The ducks are nearly the same color as the ibis. I also saw a scant few Mallards and some crows there too. A beautiful pair of Sandhill Cranes (photographs will be posted here in coming days) joined in the feeding frenzy. There must have been some really tasty stuff there – perhaps duck chow grain from a neighbor? Who can say. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Whistling Ducks, and Mallard Ducks were both spotted here in The Villages, FL this past Sunday. I was happy to see the Black-bellied Whistling Ducks at the marsh where I also had spotted many egrets. I also saw the Mallards there. Lake Paradise has a bunch of Mottled Ducks and Mallard Ducks right now.
Later in the Winter, there will be a lot of other breeds of migrating ducks here on our many ponds and lakes. I so enjoy watching the ducks. By the way, most of this bunch of Whistlers were juveniles with their bluish-pink bills, legs and feet! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
I recently spotted this Little Blue Heron at the beautiful little Live Oaks Park in The Villages, Florida. The violet-blue wading bird was out in the marsh fishing for its dinner. These beautiful medium-sized wading birds eat fish, frogs, smaller tender turtles, tadpoles, and aquatic insects for the most part.
Like most egrets and herons, they spear their prey with their sharp bills. I enjoy seeing both the purple version of the Little Blue Heron and the white juvenile phase. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!