Both adult Glossy Ibis and juvenile White Ibis were spotted with a few small Plover shore birds at a small rainfall retention pond in the Souliere Villas in The Villages, FL in Marion County. There are two of these ponds adjacent to each other and both have been nearly empty now for a few weeks. The marshy low water is attracting Little Blue Herons, Plovers, Glossy and White Ibis, Great Egrets, and a few Kildeer and Yellowlegs. Great fun to get out in the golf cart and see these wonderful birds from the street! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Lesser Yellowlegs are shore birds that in addition to being around the ocean, do frequent fresh water marshes and shallow fresh water ponds. They occasionally visit our community and were spotted with the Glossy Ibis at a nearly empty rainfall retention basin pond at the Souliere Villas in Marion County, FL at The Villages. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Great Blue Heron on its nest
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Adult White Ibis
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Adult White Ibis
Juvenile and Adult White Ibis
A Glossy Ibis was spotted on the multi-modal trail heading South from CR 466 near Morse Blvd. here in The Villages, FL. We eventually piloted our golf cart to the lovely Sharon Rose Wiechens nature preserve were we saw a Great Blue Heron, a Common Moorhen, a lovely male Red-winged Blackbird, and a Snowy Egret.
It was quite windy and we also had several sprinkles of rain during our quick visit to the preserve. On the way home, we were happy to have spotted a Limpkin, which is a rarely seen bird here in The Villages, as well as a trio of freshwater turtles basking in the Sun to keep warm.
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Freshwater Cooter Turtles
Great Blue Heron
Male Red-winged Blackbird
Several Glossy Ibis were spotted in various places along the shoreline of the beautiful and very large, Lake Apopka on the North Wildlife Drive, in Apopka, FL, yesterday morning.
The Glossy Ibis like eating aquatic plants, seeds, small insects, and aquatic snails. The Glossy Ibis wade through the shallows and often are seen among the reeds or perched in low trees.
These are very lovely wading birds with dark mahogany brown, dark cinnamon brown and highlights of blue on their feathers. Like the White Ibis, their bill is rubbery and banana shaped, but the bill is a tan color rather than the pink bill that the White Ibis has. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Cattle Egrets and a Juvenile White Ibis
Great Egrets, and Roseate Spoonbill
White Pelican, Double-crested Cormorants, Wood Stork, Ring Billed Gulls
Wading birds are often here in big flocks at times during the Winter months. Some flocks stay over the season but others are here a day to rest and eat and then off they go.
We have big flocks of Cattle Egrets; Glossy Ibis; Double-crested Cormorants; Ring-billed Gulls; White Ibis; Snowy and Great Egrets; and American White Pelicans. Sometimes we will have groups of Wood Storks and Sandhill Cranes but generally, these big birds are in small flocks of six to eight. Most of the Wood Storks branch out to separate ponds where only one to four are present. The Sandhill Cranes are most often seen in large grassy areas such as on the edges of golf courses.
It is so much fun to get out and do some bird watching! By the way, the big flock of White Pelicans has returned to the Freedom Pointe Lake here in The Villages. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.
American White Pelicans
Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, American White Pelicans, Double-crested Cormorants
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Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Adult Little Blue Heron
Please click on the thumbnail image of these pictures I took this past week here in The Villages, Florida. As ever, enjoy!
Drake Ring-Necked Duck
Drake Ring-Necked Ducks
This young Glossy Ibis was spotted a couple of weeks ago feeding in the shallows of a small pond near a golf course in the Fenney neighborhood of The Villages, FL. The adult Glossy Ibis is a rich mahogany brown tending more toward a burgundy sheen on its feathers, while the juvenile is a plain matt brown color with a few tiny streaks of lighter feathers.
The Glossy Ibis feed mostly on aquatic snails and worms with occasional aquatic insects as well. There are a lot of tasty Apple Snails in our area which are a delight for these wading birds! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!