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
Little Blue Heron (Boone Park on Paradise Lake)
Great Blue Heron at a Freedom Pointe area lake
The Mallard Duck
I saw this drake Mallard in my back yard one early evening. I snapped that particular picture through my window. Imagine my surprise as I live about a half-mile from the nearest pond or lake. After having seen this duck, I noticed that there have been a few of these ducks roaming around this neighborhood in the last couple of weeks. Perhaps in search of a honey or maybe just different food? Who can say.
I spotted the Killdeer, Tri-colored Heron and the Great Egret at Santiago Golf Course pond, and the Wood Duck drake at Paradise Lake at Boone Park in The Villages, Florida. This Wood Duck is one of the few Wood Ducks I have ever seen in The Villages.
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A Tri-colored Heron at Santiago Golf Course Pond
A Great Egret Hunts
A Great Egret at Santiago Golf Course Pond
A Killdeer at Santiago Golf Course
Canada Geese at Boone Park
A Wood Duck at Boone Park
Snowy Egret and Florida Mottled Ducks
Over-heated Common Crows
Eastern Blue Jay Perched on a Fence
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Florida Mottled Duck
Older Juvenile American White Ibises
Male Downy Woodpecker
It is likely a House Finch that is attempting to use a decorative nest as it’s own. (Edited caption)
Lesser Yellowlegs, and Killdeer were spotted at the then rapidly drying rainfall retention pond here in the development where I live on February 27, 2015. This pond is now dry. The pond fills with heavy rain and sometimes is around two feet deep.
I have spotted Yellowlegs there several times in past months. The Lesser Yellowlegs and the Killdeer were likely eating insects as there are no fish in this temporary pond, and it is unlikely that there were any tadpoles or turtles there, either. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
This Killdeer was among the Lesser Yellowlegs and a couple of Common Crows the other day at the larger rainfall retention basin pond. These small shorebirds are frequently found inland on grassy pastures or along gravelled areas. This pond is close to a large cattle pasture and also near large swaths of manicured lawns.
I think the lure of tasty worms and small aquatic insects was what attracted the bird to this pond. Of course, birds do enjoy a refreshing drink of water now and then and do bath. I took these pictures on October 23, 2014. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
This mother Killdeer was nesting about 15 feet in back of our travel trailer where it is stored near our home in Marion County, Florida. We were quite careful to disturb this nesting bird as little as possible last week when we had to move the rig out. I snapped the pictures quickly and we worked diligently to move our trailer in a safe speedy fashion.
Killdeer are a shorebird. Inland, these birds often nest on spots in fields where there is a lot of gravel. Don’t these four eggs blend in well with the ground? Hard to see if you are not aware. That is nature’s way. Killdeer often will put on a show of acting wounded and walking away from their nest to keep eggs or chicks from predators. This particular Killdeer made this maneuver. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Several Killdeer, a couple of Lesser Yellow Legs and a Mottled Duck were all visitors to the large rainfall retention pond near the gate of our development. This particular large basin is almost drying up. This basin is quite close to an area where recent construction has just finished. The poor Mottled Duck was paddling around in a small but deep puddle at the edge of this basin.
There are three of these larger basin ponds around this housing development, so I often check on which ponds have visiting critters. I took these pictures on Wednesday morning, April 23, 2014. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph. Enjoy! P.S. So sorry about how late I have posted this today. I was invited on a day-long pontoon boat ride and wildlife photo extravaganza so just got home.