Two Great Egrets were spotted last evening at dusk at our neighborhood small lake in two spots as well as a passing small flock of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks in flight. This was the first time in a very long while I have been out of the house other than to take exercise walks around the block here.
We did stay in our golf cart and were never near other people during this very short bird watching jaunt. I really hope you enjoy seeing these photos of the egrets! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.
These Great Egrets were seen at Golf View Lake (a pond) and at Lake Paradise at Boone Park here in The Villages on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. The large egrets were there at the pond on the shore of a golf course, along with about fifteen or so Snowy Egrets.
There must be quite good fishing at Golf View Lake now, as it is unusual to see so many egrets at one small pond’s shoreline. This pond is a few blocks from two small lakes. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Snowy Egrets were spotted as a small flock of perhaps ten birds, at the lovely little “Golf View Lake” pond behind the Paradise Recreation Center and Mark Twain Library here in The Villages, Florida on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 in the afternoon. This is likely a migratory flock on its way up North. It is very unusual to see so many Snowy Egrets (and probably seven Great Egrets) together. There also was a White Pelican, several Double-crested Cormorants, a Great Blue Heron, and two Canada Geese at the pond while I was there.
These are fish and frog-eating birds that wade in the shallows of ponds, streams, lakes and marshes to catch their prey with the sharp long bill. Snowy Egrets are small white egrets with mustard yellow legs and feet with a black bill. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
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
Snowy Egret, Tri-colored Heron
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!
Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
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!
Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of each photo. Enjoy!
Kildeer in Flight
Mallards in Flight, White Pelicans, and Double-crested Cormorants
White Pelicans in Flight
Great Egret, Mallards, Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
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!
Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Freshwater Cooter Turtle
Hen Hooded Merganser Duck