A Pied-billed Grebe was spotted recently at the Wal-Mart pond on CR 466 in the Buffalo Ridge neighborhood of The Villages, FL.
The Pied-billed Grebe is a small diving water bird that is most frequently seen in fresh water ponds and lakes. The bird eats small fish, aquatic insects and worms, small frogs, small crayfish, and some aquatic plants. These birds are not often spotted here but I do enjoy their shy antics.
I also am including a photo taken by my hubby with a cell phone camera (not so great quality but I included it because seeing the rarely spotted bird was interesting) last evening at dusk. It is of a Limpkin we spotted at Lake Mira Mar in The Villages, FL, next to the golf cart bridge path. Limpkins are not often seen here and are quite secretive. They dine on Apple Snails and other aquatic insects and snails. Limpkins are most often out and about in very dim light conditions. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photograph. Enjoy!
A Pied-billed Grebe and several Common Moorhens were spotted a few days ago at the lovely Sharon Weichens Preserve in The Villages on Lake Deaton. The Pied-billed Grebe is a small duck-like water bird that dives for fish, frogs, tadpoles, small turtles and larger aquatic insects. The little grebe is shy and pretty wary of people, preferring to dive in the middle of freshwater bodies of water such as ponds and lakes. This grebe has a tan-colored medium-sized bill that has a black wavy stripe along the middle of it.
I enjoy seeing the Common Moorhens here in The Villages. They are similar to Common Coots but instead of having a white fleshy area over their bill, they have a bright red area. The hens are a grayish-brown and the drakes are charcoal grey to black sometimes with a slight purple hue. They are quite similar to Purple Gallinules which are their cousins. These birds eat aquatic plants, and grasses. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!
The Pied-billed Grebe
An Observation Deck at the Preserve
Male Common Moorhen
Hen Common Moorhen
Common Moorhen in Flight
Lake Deaton Scenery Viewed from the Preserve