A Great Egret
A Red-winged Blackbird, a Common Moorhen, a pair of Sandhill Cranes, a perched Great Egret, a partially submerged Anhinga, a trio of Double-crested Cormorants, a Pied-billed Grebe; Egyptian Geese; White Ibis; and a flock of Hooded Mergansers were all spotted here in The Villages, FL, late in the afternoon on Wednesday. I also saw a most lovely Monarch Butterfly on some wild Aster flowers.
The Grey Squirrels here have become the rodent version of the ever-begging White Ibis! When we parked the golf cart at Paradise Park, I immediately had four little squirrels come begging for any kind of hand-out treat that would be given. I had to say sorry to the little cuties but someone else had already provided a few tasty peanuts. I sure wish folks would stop feeding the wildlife here! Oh well…
Such fun to get out in beautiful weather and see the birds squirrels and yes, butterflies. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that picture. Enjoy!
A hen Moorhen
Male Red-winged Blackbird
A pair of Sandhill Cranes
A Scenic View of “Larry the Gator’s Pond”
Egyptian Goose and White Ibis
A Monarch Butterfly on an Aster flower
Anhinga on flooded Lake Mira-mar
I took these pictures on Sunday evening at twilight here in The Villages, FL. The pictures were taken at Lake Mira-mar and at near Boone Park on Lake Paradise. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
White Ibis on Lake Mira-mar at Veteran’s Park area
Mottled Ducks at Boone Park, Flooded Kim Street
Great Egret on Lake Paradise from near Boone Park
Birds cool off by opening their beaks or bills to breathe cooler air into their system. So on a hot day or evening if you see a bird panting, they are just trying to keep cool. They also will often try to sit or perch in a shady spot or wade in a stream, pond or lake. I took these photos last night at dusk here in The Villages, Florida. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Great Blue Heron
Mottled Ducks, White Ibis, Trio-colored Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Cattle Egrets, White Ibis and the grand Wood Storks are large white wading birds that have been here in The Villages in recent weeks. The Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, and White Ibis are here all the time, but the Cattle Egrets are very occasional. The Wood Storks come and go every few weeks it seems. The other large white birds are the White Pelicans, which are here in the Winter and early Spring, the white phase of the Little Blue Heron, and the white Great Blue Herons.
The only ones of these listed that really are not truly wading birds, are the Cattle Egrets which prefer being in cattle or horse pastures along with the livestock. All of these birds are great flyers and the Wood Storks have been known for flying quite a long ways to find food. I believe many of the Ibis and egrets are now roosting on Lake Mira-mar near the Veteran’s Memorial Park end of the little lake (having probably moved from the now abandoned roosts on Morse Blvd. near Rio Grande). Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.
White Pelicans on Lake Paradise this past Spring
The Wood Storks, Great Egrets, White Ibis, Cattle Egrets, White Pelicans, and Snowy Egrets are all large white-colored wading birds/water birds . I did not add in the various white geese, swans, or ducks because I seldom see these birds here in The Villages, FL.
By the way, I saw three very placid Wood Storks on the parking lot next to Lake Mira-mar last night at dinner time. Unusual to see more than two at a time but yes, that area is a hot spot for big bird hand-outs (not good for people to feed these exotic birds). We continue to have intermittent rain showers and thunderstorms here so I have not been out to bird watch with the camera in a few days. Hope to be out and about soon! I will post what new pictures I do take in coming days. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
White Ibis at the Shoreline of Freedom Pointe Lake
Great Egret at Paradise Lake
Cattle Egret at Freedom Pointe Pond Meadow
Snowy Egret at El Lago Santiago
Wood Stork in Flight at Lake Paradise
Great Egrets and Sandhill Crane on Lake Paradise this last Spring
Ornamental Waterfalls at Paradise Lake in The Villages, FL
The wildlife such as White Ibis, Great Blue Herons, Mottled Ducks, all are enjoying a much fuller Lake Paradise in The Villages, FL this week. I am thrilled that the little park lake is now full of water and the ornamental waterfalls are turned back on. Lots of beautiful local scenery.
This park lake has seen a huge variety of birds visit. The White Ibis, Great Blue Heron, Canada Geese, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Mottled Ducks, Mallard Ducks and Black-bellied Whistling Ducks are resident birds. We also get visits by White Pelicans, Bald Eagles, Osprey, Bufflehead Ducks, Coots, Hooded Mergansers, Egyptian Geese, Try-colored Herons, Sandhill Cranes, Wood Storks, Muscovy Ducks; Lesser Scaups, Yellowlegs, Kildeer, Anhingas, Double-belted Kingfishers, and occasionally a few other types of wild ducks such as Teal, Wood Ducks, White Pekin Ducks, and others. It is a really nifty spot to bird watch but the birds do come and go so one never knows how many varieties of birds one will see. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.
Great Egret and Tri-color Heron
A trio of Florida Mottled Ducks, a Wood Stork with a Great Egret, and a hunting Snowy Egret were all spotted at the lovely Lake Paradise in The Villages, Florida. I spotted these at Boone Park and at Schwartz Park, which is right around the corner basically, from Boone Park. Both small pocket parks have a nice viewing area and the water at Boone has filled in nicely after the drought.
This is a neighborhood residential lake with three parks on it. The larger park of the trio is Paradise Park. I often go to this lake to watch for larger birds. I also occasionally spot Sandhill Cranes such as the trio I photographed in flight above the adjacent neighborhood. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Wood Stork and Great Egret
Florida Mottled Ducks