Whistling Ducks, a Glossy Ibis, and Mallard Ducks
Newly hatched Canada goslings, Snowy Egret, Great Egret, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Mallard Ducks, a Glossy Ibis, an Anhinga, and a tree full of Great Blue Herons were all spotted here in The Villages during the past two evenings at twilight.
Please click on the thumbnail image to see the very slightly larger version of the picture. Wishing everyone who celebrates, a happy Passover, and a most happy Easter!
Great Egret and Anhinga
Great Egret Roosting
Newly Hatched Canada Goslings
Great Blue Heron Rookery
Great Blue Heron Rookery
Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets and Cattle Egrets are the three types of egrets that are commonly seen here in Central Florida. The largest is the Great Egret. The smallest is the Snowy Egret with the Cattle Egret being the chunky middle-sized one of the three. There is a Reddish Egret that is rarely seen and I have only once gotten a photo of that egret. That Reddish Egret looks like a magenta version of the Little Blue Heron. The smaller herons are actually egrets so it is no wonder they all have similar characteristics.
The Great Egret is one that sometimes goes away from the water to forage in shrubbery for snakes and lizards, mice and larger insects to eat. The Cattle Egret likes to walk around pastures where horses or cattle are present. You also occasionally see Cattle Egrets at ponds and lakes where they will drink and occasionally hunt. The Snowy Egret has yellow legs and feet and a slender black bill and is mostly seen on the shore or in shallow water of ponds and lakes and marshes. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
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!
A flock of Common Coots
Great Blue Heron
An Anhinga hanging on for dear life in high winds
I took these photographs here in The Villages, FL, during this past weekend at the Freedom Pointe Lakes. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Great and Snowy Egrets
Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets were in their gorgeous breeding plumage when I spotted them on the St. John’s River near Blue Springs State Park here in Florida on Valentine’s Day. I also saw the Belted Kingfisher, Turkey Vultures, Anhingas and so much more! A fabulous day of wildlife watching. Today’s post concludes this series of posts concerning that wonderful short river cruise. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Please click on the thumbnail images to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Adult Little Blue Heron