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Shore Bird, Wading Birds & Waterfowl

Killdeer

Killdeer at the Freedom Pointe Lakes

Killdeer, Great Blue Herons, a Little Blue Heron, and a number of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks were all spotted on and in our little lakes here in The Villages, Florida, in the last several days.  Additionally, there were Wood Storks, Anhingas, a few Hooded Merganser Ducks, Ring Necked Ducks, Mallards, Egyptian and Canada Geese, and Great Egrets.  I think the Killdeer possibly was standing right on its nest in the picture above, but it may also just be some pebbles.

I enjoy going sound to different lakes to check out what kinds of birds are visiting.  More and more (and different) birds are arriving during the Winter migration.  Just yesterday, I saw an amazing fifty or so Great Egrets plus about twenty Wood Stork out on one of the small park lakes here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo.  Enjoy!

Black-bellied Whistling Duck at Swartz Park on Lake Paradise

Black-bellied Whistling Duck at Swartz Park on Lake Paradise

Little Blue Heron (Boone Park on Paradise Lake)

Little Blue Heron (Boone Park on Paradise Lake)

Great Blue Heron at the Freedom Point Lakes

Great Blue Heron at a Freedom Pointe area lake

Tri-colored Herons and Great Blue Herons

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Tri-colored Herons and Great Blue Herons make their home on the lovely little Lake Paradise here in The Villages, FL.  This small private residential lake often hosts a few of the large wading birds.  I took these pictures mostly from Swartz Park.

The Tri-colored Herons are steel grey, cream, and have maroon highlights on the upper neck and back.  They have yellow legs and a brownish-yellow bill.  These birds eat fish, frogs, turtles, aquatic insects, aquatic snails, and occasionally ducklings.

Great Blue Herons are among the larger of the wading birds.  These birds are medium-grey, with black and white.  They often have a few back hanging feathers off of the crown of their head like a long mohawk.  They occasionally are seen in an all white color, which is quite similar to the way the Great Egret looks.  These herons eat basically the same foods as the Tri-colored Herons do.  The Great Blue Herons sleep and nest up in large trees, preferring evergreens or Cypresses.

I took these pictures during the late afternoon on a couple of days in the past week.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

 

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Great Blue Heron and Tri-colored Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

A Great Blue Heron was spotted along with a lovely Tri-colored Heron, at the tiny neighborhood Swartz Park on Lake Paradise, in The Villages, Florida, on Tuesday evening (9/20/16) at about 5:30PM.

The Great Blue Heron was perched on the top of a neighboring residential fishing dock gazebo.  The Tri-colored Heron was out successfully fishing for its dinner.  The Great Blue Heron never moved in the five minutes I spent birding at that location.

The Tri-colored Heron was always in motion – stalking in the shallow water;  perching on the top of a cypress; or flying between lake shore areas.  Both of these herons fish for their meals of fish, frogs, tadpoles, small tender turtles, and snails by stabbing with their sharp sword-like bills.  Occasionally, these wading birds will also eat smaller shoreline animals or large insects.

I always have a lot of fun bird watching in this neighborhood lake.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Reflection of the Great Blue Heron on the lake

Reflection of the Great Blue Heron on the lake

 

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Tri-colored Heron with Fish

Tri-colored Heron with Fish

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Two Tri-colored Herons

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Tri-colored Herons were spotted on September 8, 2016 in The Villages, FL.  I was out and about and spotted the beautiful steel-blue-grey with cream and highlights of maroon red-colored wading birds at the beautiful little Lake Mira-mar, near the Spanish Springs Square.

The Tri-color Herons are medium-sized wading birds that fish by spearing their prey which is usually fish or frogs, with their sharp bill.  The Tri-color Herons wade in shallow waters of lakes, marshes, ponds, and rivers.   These herons roost (rest and sleep) and nest in the branches of trees, with Cypress often being a chosen tree species here in Florida.

I really enjoy birding in The Villages.  So much to see, as far as wildlife and nature,  within the development!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

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A Handsome Great Blue Heron

 

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This Great Blue Heron was standing in the little man-made creek that flows from the Spanish Springs area into Lake Mira Mar in The Villages, Florida.  The big wading bird was looking for a quick meal of fish, frogs, tadpoles, or small turtles during the early evening hours at dusk, when I snapped these pictures.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

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Wordless Wednesday: Wading Birds & Waterfowl

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

I took these pictures this past Saturday  during the early evening, at little Paradise Lake in The Villages, Florida.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

Florida Mottled Duck

Florida Mottled Duck

Egyptian Goose

Egyptian Goose

Great Blue Herons in The Villages, FL

 

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Here are pictures of three Great Blue Herons that I took about in the last couple of weeks at three different spots.  One heron was at Lake Miramar near Spanish Springs Town Square, one was at the ever fun Walmart pond at Buffalo Ridge on CR 466 and the last of these Great Blue Herons was at Santiago Golf Course pond – all in The Villages, FL.

All these are beautiful big wading birds that hunt for fish, frogs, small turtles, ducklings, eggs, aquatic snails and sometimes shoreline mice, snakes, and lizards.  An interesting thing happened last evening at about 7:00pm.  I spotted a Great Blue Heron sitting on top of an air conditioning unit at the side of a lake front home here.  That bird was absolutely sitting on the side of the house!  I never would have expected to see that behavior.  No, so sorry, I did not have my camera with me.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

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