Here are a bunch of pictures of various water birds that I photographed last night at twilight at the lovely little Lake Paradise from the shoreline of Paradise Park in The Villages, FL.
I enjoyed my vacation. I was in California visiting my family and attending a wedding. I did not take many pictures at all on the trip. We thankfully just missed all the terrible floods in Louisiana by only 2 days! We actually drove through areas that just days later, were under water. I hope you will remember the communities in Louisiana who have suffered the floods in your thoughts and prayers.
Happily I saw a new family of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks there at Lake Paradise along with many Canada Geese, White Ibis, Mallards and Florida Mottled Ducks. There also were a few Anhingas, and a Snowy Egret.
I did miss seeing all of the big birds on my trip. I did see a California Sea-lion, a Jack Rabbit, and a flock of wild “Freeway chickens” on Highway 99 up in Northern California above Sacramento. All in all, a great trip!
Little Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
I took these pictures this past Saturday during the early evening, at little Paradise Lake in The Villages, Florida. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!
Florida Mottled Duck
Last night I finally got a chance to get out and do a little wildlife observation at the local park lakes. I spotted several kinds of wading birds and also many geese and ducks. The three types of geese I saw were: Canada Geese, Egyptian Geese, and White Chinese Geese. Quite international if I do say.
We had a stormy day here on Monday with the Tropical Storm “Colin”. We were lucky in that our area did not have a lot of damage from the storm. My neighborhood did very well in the storm. A bonus for us is the park lakes are full.
Paradise Lake in the historic side of The Villages, has quite a few Canada Geese. I spotted the Egyptian and Chinese Geese at the little Mira Mar lake in the Spanish Springs area. All of these geese primarily eat grass, aquatic plants and shore based seeds. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo. Enjoy!
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Snow Goose (A better view of the same bird shown on Wed.)
This post concludes the two part look at the amazing bunch of water birds that I saw on Tuesday at Lake Paradise in The Villages, Florida. I was so thrilled to see all the variety of birds here. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger view of that photo. Enjoy!
Hybrid Canada Goose and Canada Goose
Lesser Scaup Ducks
American White Ibises and a resting Wood Stork
There have been a tremendous number of water birds, and wading birds here in my area in the last week. I have seen several hundred Hooded Merganser ducks, about twenty-two or more Wood Storks, ten or so Great Blue Herons, probably thirty Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets, Anhingas, Common Cormorants, White Pelicans (sorry no pictures as they left before I returned with the camera), a Tri-color Heron, hundreds of American White Ibises, a pair of Sandhill Cranes, Canada, Egyptian and Chinese Geese, Pied-billed Grebes, Common Coots, and a Limpkin!
Such fun to watch all this action on a daily basis. I took these pictures here in Sumter and Lake Counties in The Villages, Florida, in the past week. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Great Blue Heron
Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets
I was pretty surprised to see not just a pair but four of the Egyptian Geese here on a local park lake. The other surprise for me was how swiftly these geese fly! I think that speed is their Shelduck heritage showing, as they are actually a quite old hybrid of Shelduck and Goose.
Egyptian Geese are beautiful waterfowl! I took these pictures on August 3, 2015 early in the evening. Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of that photograph. Enjoy!
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!