An Alligator which I am calling the ‘gator “Hacienda Harry”, and a Great Egret were spotted in the Hacienda Golf Course Pond in The Villages, Florida near the multi-modal path that leads to Panama Drive. I have seen the alligator there in the pond several times and usually on the far end closest to the multi-modal path and the group of trees on the shore. I saw this alligator lounging on the shoreline this afternoon (no camera) and yes, it is five feet in length.
I also spotted this Great Egret perched on the top of one of the Cypress Trees in the same area. This bird was particularly hot as it had its bill open to cool itself. We have a lot of small ponds and small lakes here were water birds and yes, sometimes, alligators may be spotted. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Two Snowy and two Great Egrets were spotted at Paradise Lake and Lake Mira-mar in The Villages, FL this evening at twilight. It is always fun to watch the egrets fish or even just stand still on docks. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Mottled Ducks, Egyptian Geese, a Tri-colored Heron, an Anhinga, Great Blue Heron, and Great Egret were all spotted a few days ago on Freedom Pointe Lake and Paradise Lake in The Villages, FL.
The Great Blue Heron, Egyptian Geese, and Anhinga were all sitting on what I call “Pelican Point”. That is the spot where a huge congregation of White Pelicans sits most of the Winter.
The Mottled Duck group was found on Lake Paradise near Boone Park, and the Trip-colored Heron was on the side pond next to Freedom Pointe Lake on Morse Blvd.
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An Anhinga drying its wings
Two smallish Alligators, two Anhinga birds, a beautiful blue Dragonfly, a Common Moorhen, and a lone Great Egret were the reptiles, birds, and insect I spotted at the Sharon Rose Wiechens Nature Preserve here in The Villages, FL, last evening around 6:30pm.
One of the Alligators was perhaps six feet long which was the one seen swimming in deeper water in the lake. The other Alligator was probably around four to five feet in size and was sitting right under the edge of the raised boardwalk (people were very safe from the ‘Gator).
I always enjoy visiting this preserve and no two visits are alike. Always different critters and yes, many more aquatic plants in the lake near the shore now, as compared to even a year ago! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Great Egret in the Distance
Close-up of the smaller Alligator’s head
Great Blue Heron
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Freshwater “Cooter” Turtle
Great Egret – Preening
This Great Egret was seen perched on the very top of a waterfront gazebo in Boone Park, The Villages, Florida, on Lake Paradise. Yesterday, I took these pictures from the little parking area so as not to disturb the bird. The weather has been very hot and rainy so I have not been bird watching much the last week. The water level of the lake is quite high and fewer big birds have been seen (heat, wind and high water). Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
This Great Egret was perched several posts away from the Great Blue Heron on a small golf course and residential pond in The Villages, FL, near Orange Blossom Gardens, when the egret decided to sneak ever closer to the heron. After reaching the next post to the heron, the egret decided enough was enough and off it flew.
The whole sequence of events here was pretty amusing as the heron had basically no reaction to the ever closer presence of the egret. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!