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Red-Shouldered Hawk at Lake Mira-Mar in The Villages, FL

I spotted this Red-tailed Hawk perched in the boughs of a lovely Cypress Tree on the banks of the little Lake Mira-Mar in The Villages, FL near the Spanish Springs square.  This lake is next to The Sharon auditorium as well as a recreation center and the Veteran’s Memorial park.  The lake is used for model boat sailing and racing, kayaking, a limited amount of catch and bird watching, The lake attracts White Ibis, Great Blue Heron, Anhinga, ducks by the dozens, and occasionally Wood Storks, Tri-colored Herons, Great Egrets, and Snowy Egrets.

The hawk was attracted by the presence of ducklings.  I think there were four little Florida Mottled Ducks,  following their mother.  Hawks love ducklings for dinner.  I doubt this hawk got lucky as Mother Duck spotted the bird of prey and moved the babies elsewhere.  I took these pictures on Sunday evening at dinner time.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Ibises, Ducks and a Heron on a Hot Day

Juvenile White Ibises

Juvenile White Ibises

Juvenile White Ibis

Juvenile White Ibis

White Ibis

White Ibis

 

White Ibises, Mallard Ducks, Pekin Ducks, Muscovy Ducks,  and a very hot Great Blue Heron were all trying to cool off yesterday afternoon here in The Villages, FL.  It was about 88 degrees F. (and very humid) when I was visiting the lovely Veteran’s Park and little Mira-Mar Lake.

The brown and white-colored White Ibises are juveniles.  The Ibises rushed up when our golf cart arrived, hoping against hope that we would be bringing treats.  That is why I got the close-ups.  No, no treats from me.  It is against the law and bad for the exotic birds as well, to feed the Ibises, Cranes, Herons, Egrets and other larger wild birds.  By the way, I also saw a male Northern Cardinal beating the heat by flitting about the bushes trying hunt in the shade.

Ibises and Mallard Ducks

Ibises and Mallard Ducks

White Ibises

White Ibises

Juvenile White Ibis

Juvenile White Ibis

 

A Great Blue Heron Cooling Off

A Great Blue Heron Cooling Off

Sitting Ducks!

Sitting Ducks!

A Male Northern Cardinal

A Male Northern Cardinal

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