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Herons

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Herons, Tri-colored Herons, and Little Blue Herons are the most commonly seen herons here in The Villages, Florida.  The Great Blue Heron is the most frequently seen, followed by the Little Blue Heron.  I think I have only seen one Green Heron here and that was a year ago.

All of these herons are wading birds that shuffle along in the shallows of the lakes and ponds to spear fish, frogs, or turtles with their long sharp bills.  They also eat larger insects, small lizards, and large aquatic insects or snails.

The herons roost up in tall trees.  Many prefer the Cypress Trees here.  Some also will roost in the medium-sized trees where there also are Ibis or Egrets.  We used to have a large area of roosts on Morse Blvd. (I had photographed it and posted about it many months ago) but that area seems out of favor with the birds in recent months.  I don’t know the reason for the big move.  It could be a case of too much threat from coyotes or other predators.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the photo.

Tri-colored Heron

Little Blue Heron

Birds at Paradise Lake, The Villages, FL

White Pelicans

White Pelicans

Ring-necked Ducks

Ring-necked Ducks

Osprey

Osprey

 

 

 

 

White Pelicans, Wood Storks, Great Blue Herons, Osprey, Ring-necked Ducks, Hooded Merganser Ducks, Great Egrets, a Belted Kingfisher, Sandhill Cranes, and a Red-tailed Hawk were all spotted on our neighborhood park lake within the past two weeks.  It was amazing!  I so enjoy bird watching and it was really fun to see so many different birds here at once.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo.  Enjoy!

Red-tailed Hawk in Flight

Red-tailed Hawk in Flight

Canada Geese

Canada Geese

 

 

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Egrets

Great Egrets

Tri-colored Herons and Great Blue Herons

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Tri-colored Herons and Great Blue Herons make their home on the lovely little Lake Paradise here in The Villages, FL.  This small private residential lake often hosts a few of the large wading birds.  I took these pictures mostly from Swartz Park.

The Tri-colored Herons are steel grey, cream, and have maroon highlights on the upper neck and back.  They have yellow legs and a brownish-yellow bill.  These birds eat fish, frogs, turtles, aquatic insects, aquatic snails, and occasionally ducklings.

Great Blue Herons are among the larger of the wading birds.  These birds are medium-grey, with black and white.  They often have a few back hanging feathers off of the crown of their head like a long mohawk.  They occasionally are seen in an all white color, which is quite similar to the way the Great Egret looks.  These herons eat basically the same foods as the Tri-colored Herons do.  The Great Blue Herons sleep and nest up in large trees, preferring evergreens or Cypresses.

I took these pictures during the late afternoon on a couple of days in the past week.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

 

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Great Blue Heron and Tri-colored Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

A Great Blue Heron was spotted along with a lovely Tri-colored Heron, at the tiny neighborhood Swartz Park on Lake Paradise, in The Villages, Florida, on Tuesday evening (9/20/16) at about 5:30PM.

The Great Blue Heron was perched on the top of a neighboring residential fishing dock gazebo.  The Tri-colored Heron was out successfully fishing for its dinner.  The Great Blue Heron never moved in the five minutes I spent birding at that location.

The Tri-colored Heron was always in motion – stalking in the shallow water;  perching on the top of a cypress; or flying between lake shore areas.  Both of these herons fish for their meals of fish, frogs, tadpoles, small tender turtles, and snails by stabbing with their sharp sword-like bills.  Occasionally, these wading birds will also eat smaller shoreline animals or large insects.

I always have a lot of fun bird watching in this neighborhood lake.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Reflection of the Great Blue Heron on the lake

Reflection of the Great Blue Heron on the lake

 

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Tri-colored Heron with Fish

Tri-colored Heron with Fish

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

A Handsome Great Blue Heron

 

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This Great Blue Heron was standing in the little man-made creek that flows from the Spanish Springs area into Lake Mira Mar in The Villages, Florida.  The big wading bird was looking for a quick meal of fish, frogs, tadpoles, or small turtles during the early evening hours at dusk, when I snapped these pictures.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

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Glossy Ibis, Great Blue Heron

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis

This Glossy Ibis was spotted on Saturday, April 30 2016 at a small parkland pond in The Villages, Florida.  This pond is located on Morse Ave. above CR 466 and is along the golf cart multi-modal path.  This pond is near the beautiful Live Oaks Park and Lake Sumter.

Glossy Ibises are a little more common than the White Ibis in the USA but here in Central Florida, the White Ibis are more numerous.  This Glossy Ibis is the third Glossy Ibis I have seen in the last year.  Some can easily confuse the Glossy Ibis with juvenile White Ibises but the Glossy is a deep brown all over without any hint of white.  The juvenile White Ibises have a light brown color with a pinkish bill and begin to turn white fairly young.

By the way, in addition to the Sandhill Cranes, the Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, egret, and Florida Mottled Ducklings I saw at this pond with the ibis, I also spotted a Great Blue Heron!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

Glossy Ibis (at far right)

Glossy Ibis (at far right)

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis

 

Another Early Evening at the Walmart Pond

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A Great Blue Heron, a few Double Crested Cormorants, a s-l-o-w (is there any other kind?) turtle, a pair of Mallard Ducks, and a male Boat-tailed Grackle were all spotted at what I refer to as “The Walmart Pond”, at Buffalo Ridge near the Villages, Florida on CR 466, last night at about five thirty.  I go to the pond every week or so to check out the wildlife.  My husband and I happened to be in that area last night around dinnertime and decided to visit the pond for a few minutes.

By the way, I did not see any ‘gators!  The Alligators may well be gone but possibly they were just submerged and out of sight.  I enjoy going to this pond to see what wildlife is there.  I am usually rewarded by a sighting of large birds!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

A Freshwater Turtle Slowly on the Move

A Freshwater Turtle Slowly on the Move

Double Crested Cormorants & a Great Blue Heron

Double Crested Cormorants & a Great Blue Heron, and another small freshwater Turtle

A Male Boattail Grackle

A Male Boattail Grackle

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