Snowy Egrets were at the little golf course pond behind the Mark Twain Library here in The Villages, FL yesterday afternoon. There were a bunch of Great Egrets, a Pied-billed Grebe, many Canada Geese, a flock of Mallard Ducks, a Tri-colored Heron, a Great Blue Heron, and many Double-crested Cormorants at the pond during the same period. I will share some of those birds in future posts here.
The Snowy Egrets are getting their Winter breeding plumage now. These birds are very showy in luxurious white feathers, a long black sharply pointed bill, greenish-yellow legs, a yellow spot just below their eyes, and the tell-tale mustard yellow-colored feet. The Snowy Egrets are truly beautiful smaller egrets! They live around water (mostly freshwater). These birds eat fish, tadpoles, aquatic snails, baby alligators, frogs, tender small turtles and crayfish. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Twelve Wood Storks were at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course in The Villages, FL, on 11/19/18. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy! I want to extend my warm wishes to all who are celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow!
White Pelicans huddled on opposite sides of a small lake here in The Villages, Florida. The small lake is behind the assisted living facilities (Freedom Point complex area) on El Camino Real. This area is accessible by both car and golf cart. There were about sixty or so White Pelicans in each squad of the flock. At times, one or two of the pelicans would hop into the water and paddle across to switch sides. I believe these are a migratory flock and will be joining others to make their long journey North soon.
The big birds eat a lot of fish, tender turtles, frogs and tadpoles. They scoop their prey up in their huge flexible pouch bills. By the way, those pelicans of breeding age, develop a disc shaped growth on the top of their bill. The bill gets darker orange with age, having started out as a tender pink color. I spotted the pelicans on Monday. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!