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A Great Blue Heron at Paradise Lake

 

This Great Blue Heron was spotted earlier tonight at Paradise Park in The Villages, FL.  I first saw the bird at Swartz Park near the observation deck and then saw it fly into the area near the goose and duck nesting island (which is no longer an island since the water level has lowered significantly).  The heron was trying hard for an evening meal.  I sometimes see herons at this neighborhood park lake.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Birds at the Lake, Part 3

Wood Stork

Wood Stork

Wood Storks, Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Double Crested Cormorants, Ring-necked Ducks, and Hooded Mergansers all visited the little park lake (Paradise Lake) here in the past two weeks.

An interesting thing about Wood Storks is how they sit.  Their knees bend so that their lower legs rest in front – quite the opposite from many animals. and of course, people.

I took these pictures on Dec. 21-22, 2016.  Most of these water birds are meat-eaters and they certainly had easy fishing since our lake is drying up (we are in a drought).  I wish all who celebrate, a happy Hanukkah.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!  Happy New Year!

Ring-necked Ducks

Ring-necked Ducks

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Hooded Merganser Ducks

Hooded Merganser Ducks

 

Double Crested Cormorant

Double Crested Cormorant

Wood Storks

Wood Storks

Great Egret in Breeding Plumage

Great Egret in Breeding Plumage

A Lake-shore Feeding Frenzy!

 

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Wood Storks; a Great Blue Heron; Great Egrets; Snowy Egrets; Double-crested Cormorants; Pied-billed Grebes; a Little Blue Heron and a small flock of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks were all vying for a meal of tasty fish, tadpoles, frogs, small turtles; or larger aquatic insects in the lovely little Lake Paradise in The Villages, FL on Sunday, October 23, 2016.

This is quite an unusual sight to find so many varieties and numbers of wading birds all in one spot.  Most of these birds are migrating and are just stopping over to rest in the small welcoming lake.

In these feeding frenzies, I have seen it be common for the herons, egrets, and storks to follow what is happening with the cormorants in the water.  By the way, later in the day, I also saw a Tri-colored Heron at Swartz Park.

I took these pictures from Paradise Park and Swartz Park on the small private residential lake.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

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Pied-billed Grebes

Pied-billed Grebes

Wood Storks, Snowy Egret

Wood Storks, Snowy Egret

The Frenzy!

The Frenzy!

Wordless Wednesday: Wading Birds & Waterfowl

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Great 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!

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

Florida Mottled Duck

Florida Mottled Duck

Egyptian Goose

Egyptian Goose

Great Blue Herons in The Villages, FL

 

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Here are pictures of three Great Blue Herons that I took about in the last couple of weeks at three different spots.  One heron was at Lake Miramar near Spanish Springs Town Square, one was at the ever fun Walmart pond at Buffalo Ridge on CR 466 and the last of these Great Blue Herons was at Santiago Golf Course pond – all in The Villages, FL.

All these are beautiful big wading birds that hunt for fish, frogs, small turtles, ducklings, eggs, aquatic snails and sometimes shoreline mice, snakes, and lizards.  An interesting thing happened last evening at about 7:00pm.  I spotted a Great Blue Heron sitting on top of an air conditioning unit at the side of a lake front home here.  That bird was absolutely sitting on the side of the house!  I never would have expected to see that behavior.  No, so sorry, I did not have my camera with me.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

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A Great Blue Heron

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This gorgeous Great Blue Heron was one of hundreds of water birds and waders that I spotted at a small pond in The Villages, Florida on April 9, 2016.  This pond was in the Evans Prairie area.  The Great Blue Heron was pausing during its hunt for a fine dinner of fish, frogs, small turtles, or other small aquatic animals in the pond.

This Great Blue Heron was following a huge flock of White Pelicans as well as many Great Egrets and a Little Blue Heron or two.  Lots of birds in a small body of water makes for interesting bird watching, doesn’t it?  I think so.  I am always glad to see “Old Hank’s” cousins.  I do miss Hank Heron, from my days a few years ago, in TN at the little farm.   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

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Egrets & Herons

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Tri-colored Herons all were spotted and photographed by me in the last two weeks here in The Villages, Florida.  We have a lot of small ponds, and lakes here where the waders visit and live.  I especially enjoy going to the parks and road-side ponds to snap pictures of the local water birds.  Such fun!

Most of these larger birds live year around here in the Sumter, Marion, and Lake Counties where The Villages is located (Yes it is a very huge development).  The development has set aside many wildlife areas here.  I so appreciate being able to go out and spot such a rich variety of wildlife in the community here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the

Great Egret

Great Egret

 

Great Egrets

Great Egrets

Great Egret in Breeding Plumage

Great Egret in Breeding Plumage

 

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron with Seagulls and Cormorant

Tri-colored Heron with Seagulls and Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

 

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