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Waterfowl at Lake Mira-mar in The Villages, FL

Today’s almost wordless Wednesday offering is view of the White Ibis flock, a Wood Stork with the White Ibis, Mallard/Mottled Duck hybrids, a couple of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, a Great Egret, and a Canada Goose.  All were at the little Lake Mira-mar at Spanish Springs, The Villages, FL, a few days ago. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!



Wildlife at Tideviews Preserve, Atlantic Beach, FL


I was just in Atlantic Beach, FL and saw the lovely Tideviews Preserve there.  This area is a suburb of Jacksonville, FL and is right on a large river and very close to the Atlantic Ocean.  This is basically a brackish tideland marsh.

I saw a lot of tiny crabs along the path in the dirt and a few on the boardwalk.  They scattered when I approached.   I also spotted a juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron; and several Great Egrets while I was there at about 10:30am which was an incoming tide towards a high tide.  I have been told that many more birds can be seen there during the low tide, including Roseate Spoonbills.  So, perhaps the next time I am there I will hope to go during a low or even minus tide.  It was a fun visit even though I did not see very many birds. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Egrets in the Trees

Great Egret

Scenic view down the marsh canal from the boardwalk pier



Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Great Egret

Great Egret

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


Great Ergret

Egrets abound here in The Villages and in Central Florida around ponds, lakes, streams and marshlands. Great Egrets sometimes do hunt in landscaped areas near homes and businesses as they will eat snakes mice and lizards if hungry.  We mostly have Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, and Cattle Egrets here in Central Florida.  I have included a photo of a white-phase Little Blue Heron which is very similar to the Snowy Egret.

The Cattle Egret is primarily found near cattle or horse pasture lands but also sometimes can be found near lakes and ponds where it drinks and sometimes hunts along the shore.

I have only seen one Reddish Egret here and that was near Dunellon about four years ago.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly smaller version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Snowy Egrets

White phase Little Blue Heron

Cattle Egret

Bird Watching at Dusk

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


Snowy Egret

Great Blue Heron Rookery

Great Blue Heron Rookery

Egrets in Central Florida

Great Egret

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!

Cattle Egret

Snowy Egret

Great Egret

Wordless Wednesday: Flight!


I recently photographed these birds here in Central Florida.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!


Turkey Vulture

Bald Eagle


Great Egret

White Pelican

Little Blue Heron



White Pelican


Cattle Egret


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