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Great and Snowy Egrets in The Villages, FL

Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets are commonly seen here in The Villages, Florida, on our many ponds and lakes and in the freshwater marsh prairies.

In addition to being on the shoreline of the ponds and lakes, the Great Egret often can be spotted meandering through the bushes and landscaped medians along the major streets.  The Great Egret likes to hunt for lizards, snakes and mice along with its usual diet of fish and frogs.

The much smaller Snowy Egret is usually only seen wading along shoreline areas fishing for the same fish, frogs, small turtles and the larger aquatic insects.  The Snowy Egret has mustard yellow feet, greenish black legs and a patch of mustard yellow on the top of the black bill.  The Great Egret has the broader yellow bill and is a huge bird in comparison to the Snowy.

In Winter, these white birds can be seen in their majestic long flowing breeding plumage. These are very beautiful birds!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

A Gorgeous Tri-colored Heron

 

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This Trip-colored Heron was spotted on Thursday, February 9, 2017, at the pond beside the Walmart parking lot on CR 466 in The Villages, FL.  This small pond is where I have photographed many wading birds in the last year, as well as a couple of small alligators (no alligators yesterday).  There also were ducks, a grebe, and a glorious Little Blue Heron.  I will share additional pictures of those other birds in coming posts.

This Trip-colored Heron flew in and was wading very close to where I was observing from the shoreline.  The bird was oblivious to my presence for about a minute and then I slowly backed away.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

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