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Egrets, Cormorants, Canada Geese and Tri-colored Heron

Great Egret and Cormorants

Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Tri-colored Herons, Canada Geese, and Double-crested Cormorants, are here this Winter at many of our ponds and lakes in The Villages, FL.  Most of these birds are now in the beginning of their breeding season and the egrets will be developing long billowing plumage with which to attract their potential mate.

Egrets hunt by wading in shallow water to spear a small fish or frog with their sharp bill.  They also will occasionally root in the mud for aquatic worms and snails.  On land, the Great Egret sometimes hunts for mice, lizards and snakes in the landscaping around yards and parking lots.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Great Egret & Canada Geese

Great Egret

Snowy Egret, Tri-colored Heron

 

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Great Egret

Great Egrets in Yards and Landscaped Areas

Great Egrets are most often seen around ponds lakes rivers and marshes but occasionally they hunt in residential neighborhoods here in Florida and in other semi-tropical areas in the USA.  This is especially true here in The Villages, FL, where there are many small ponds and lakes located in residential areas (mostly golf ponds).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.   Enjoy!

Wordless Wednesday: Great Egrets

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A Few Great Egrets

The Great Egrets here in Florida are the larger of the egrets.  These are lovely white birds that have a golden yellow sharp large bill and black legs and feet.  In the breeding season of late Winter, the Great Egrets develop long lacy feathers.  The Great Egrets are wading birds that stroll in the shallows of ponds, lakes, marshes and rivers to find shellfish, fish, frogs, larger insects and turtles.  These birds also will take to land and patrol the landscaped areas for mice, lizards and snakes to eat.

Great Egrets also are great at flying and sometimes will flock together to migrate.  We do have a year around population here but have a considerable number of birds come for the Winter.  Wishing all the ladies a very happy Mother’s Day on Sunday.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

Wordless Wednesday

Osprey

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Kildeer in Flight

Mallards in Flight, White Pelicans, and Double-crested Cormorants

White Pelicans in Flight

 

 

 

Great Egret, Mallards, Cormorant

Mallard Ducks

Great Blue Heron

Water Birds at a Local Golf Pond

White Pelicans, a mob of Cormorants, seven Wood Storks, and a few Great Egrets were all at the little Golf View Lake near Paradise Park in The Villages, Florida on March 7, 2019 at dusk.  I was thrilled to still be seeing the pelicans as they soon will flock-together for the long flight Northward.

Imagine being a home-owner on the pond’s shoreline and finding seven young Wood Storks sitting happily in your backyard near the water!  I think most who own water-front homes, do expect this kind of unique short-term visitors.  Ha!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version fo that photo.  Enjoy!

 

 

Almost Wordless Wednesday

Canada Geese

Mallard Ducks

Great Egret

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Freshwater Cooter Turtle

Hen Hooded Merganser Duck

Great Egret

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