This Snowy Egret was spotted on the shoreline of the Freedom Pointe Lake here in The Villages, Florida, while I was riding down the multi-modal path in the golf cart. This lake often has egrets, herons, ibis or ducks on the shore in this particular area. This bird was actively hunting for its meal of fish or frogs. The egret walks along in the shallows looking for its prey. These are very good hunters! Beautiful, too. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
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Anhingas and Double Crested Cormorants both are fairly commonly seen here in Central Florida lakes and ponds during the Winter months. Both are water birds that fly as well as swim, dive, and stand or walk on the shoreline. Anhingas prefer fresh water and Cormorants are seen in both fresh and salt water. Both birds are meat eaters.
The Anhinga is a larger bird than the Double Crested Cormorant. Anhingas have a long sword-like bill while the Double Crested Cormorants have a shorter slightly thicker bill with a slight hook at the tip. The Anhinga has a honey brown throat and some streaky white feathers on the tail and back. The Double Crested Cormorant is very dark brown with the orange-yellow feet and bill.
Anhingas tend to roost in tall trees such as the Cypress Tree. Anhingas are often solitary or with a mate while cormorants tend to be more of flock group birds. I photographed both of these kinds of birds here in the past month. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the photo. Enjoy!