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!
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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
Cattle Egrets and a Juvenile White Ibis
Great Egrets, and Roseate Spoonbill
White Pelican, Double-crested Cormorants, Wood Stork, Ring Billed Gulls
Wading birds are often here in big flocks at times during the Winter months. Some flocks stay over the season but others are here a day to rest and eat and then off they go.
We have big flocks of Cattle Egrets; Glossy Ibis; Double-crested Cormorants; Ring-billed Gulls; White Ibis; Snowy and Great Egrets; and American White Pelicans. Sometimes we will have groups of Wood Storks and Sandhill Cranes but generally, these big birds are in small flocks of six to eight. Most of the Wood Storks branch out to separate ponds where only one to four are present. The Sandhill Cranes are most often seen in large grassy areas such as on the edges of golf courses.
It is so much fun to get out and do some bird watching! By the way, the big flock of White Pelicans has returned to the Freedom Pointe Lake here in The Villages. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.
American White Pelicans
Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, American White Pelicans, Double-crested Cormorants
A Great Egret hunting in the bushes along the multi-modal cart path, for snakes lizards and mice; and a Sandhill Crane browsing on the grass at the side of the multi-modal golf cart path here in The Villages.
The egret was near the Hacienda Golf Course and the crane was near CR466 and Morse Blvd. It is pretty unusual to see the Sandhill Cranes so close to the paths and people! I took these pictures on Tuesday Jan. 6, 2019. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets are commonly seen here in The Villages, Florida, on our many ponds and lakes and in the freshwater marsh prairies.
In addition to being on the shoreline of the ponds and lakes, the Great Egret often can be spotted meandering through the bushes and landscaped medians along the major streets. The Great Egret likes to hunt for lizards, snakes and mice along with its usual diet of fish and frogs.
The much smaller Snowy Egret is usually only seen wading along shoreline areas fishing for the same fish, frogs, small turtles and the larger aquatic insects. The Snowy Egret has mustard yellow feet, greenish black legs and a patch of mustard yellow on the top of the black bill. The Great Egret has the broader yellow bill and is a huge bird in comparison to the Snowy.
In Winter, these white birds can be seen in their majestic long flowing breeding plumage. These are very beautiful birds! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!