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Wading Bird Wednesday

Snowy Egret

This Snowy Egret was hanging out near the shore of little Lake Mira-mar at Spanish Springs in The Villages, Florida.  After a few minutes it flew over to another area of the lake where it was joined by an adult White Ibis.

The Trip-colored Heron was spotted at the Freedom Pointe Lake while the Great Blue Heron was seen at a water retention pond area at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course near the driving range pond there.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Great Blue Heron


Snowy Egret

White Ibis and Snowy Egret

Tri-colored Heron


White Pelican, Cormorants, Heron, Egrets, Egyptian Geese and Ducks

Double-crested Cormorants at the Freedom Pointe Lake

Wading birds, ducks, exotic geese, cormorants, and egrets were all spotted in The Villages, FL this past weekend.  It was so fun to see five resident White Pelicans at the Nancy Lopez course.  Those pelicans have now been here for the past three years and apparently do not migrate North with the hundreds of other White Pelicans that spend the Winter here.

Bird watching is such a pleasant hobby!  I so enjoy sharing the views of the many different birds here in The Villages with you via this blog.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Great Blue Heron at the Freedom Pointe Lake

Great Egret at the Glenview Country Club decorative  pond

Snowy Egret at the La Hacienda Golf Course Pond


Egyptian Geese at Nancy Lopez Driving Range Pond

White Pelican and Cormorants at the Nancy Lopez Driving Range Pond

Florida Mottled Ducks at the Nancy Lopez Driving Range Pond

To and From the Sharon Rose Wiechens Preserve

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.

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!


Freshwater Cooter Turtles

Snowy Egret



Great Blue Heron

Common Moorhen

Male Red-winged Blackbird

Wordless Wednesday


Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of each photo.  Enjoy!

Kildeer in Flight

Mallards in Flight, White Pelicans, and Double-crested Cormorants

White Pelicans in Flight




Great Egret, Mallards, Cormorant

Mallard Ducks

Great Blue Heron

More Lake Apopka Wildlife

Blue-winged Teal Ducks
(The drake has the half moon white marking on his cheeks)

Blue-winged Teal Ducks, Great Blue Herons, Coots, Snowy Egrets, and a Limpkin were all spotted at the North Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive on the shore of Lake Apopka in Apopka, Florida on March 3, 2019.

This wildlife drive is along levees and a one-way dirt road past the fresh water marshes, lake shore, and canals of the former farm land along the huge lake.  The drive is open Fridays through Sundays and is free of charge.  This whole area is chock-full of wildlife with wading birds and alligators being the starring attractions!  I highly recommend visiting this area if in Central Florida (about 30 miles from Orlando).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Great Egret

Female Anhinga

Common Moorhen



A flock of Common Coots

Great Blue Heron

River Wildlife, Part 1

River Otter

A River Otter; two Wild Turkeys; a Bald Eagle; about twenty Limpkins; Sandhill Cranes; Little Blue Herons; Great Blue Herons; Anhingas; Turkey and Black Vultures; Double-crested Cormorants;  a Black-crowned Night Heron; a Tri-Colored Heron; Snowy Egrets; Great Egrets; a Belted Kingfisher; Alligators; Turtles; Purple Gallinules; and Common Moorhens were all spotted during a two hour scenic boat cruise from the very beautiful Blue Springs State Park on the St. John’s River here in Florida yesterday morning.

The pontoon boat Captain drives slowly through backwater channels chock-full of wildlife!  I enthusiastically recommend this cruise!  Advance reservations are likely needed and tickets today cost $20.00 per adult plus a $6.00 per car state park day use admission fee.

Part 2 will be posted here on Monday.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Sandhill Crane on its nest

Great Blue Heron

Bald Eagle


Wild Turkeys



Great Blue Herons


Great Blue Herons are fairly commonly seen here in The Villages, Florida on our various ponds, freshwater marshes, and lakes.

These birds wade in the shallows to spear fish, frogs, small turtles, aquatic snails, larger aquatic insects and worms and the occasional duckling or even baby alligator for tasty meal.  The Great Blue Herons most often hunt early in the morning and late in the afternoon until it is too dark for them to find prey.

The Great Blue Heron usually nests in sturdy tall trees but as seen in the picture here, sometimes the herons will create a nest in a swamp or marsh, where they are protected by alligators and the water itself.  The photo of the nesting Great Blue Heron includes a fuzzy taupe-colored very small chick next to the parent’s bill.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

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