Wood Storks have been here in The Villages, FL, for about a month in larger numbers. A few days ago, I spotted seven of the large white and black birds at Lake Paradise. The big birds mostly are seen standing still or in flight. This is the second instance where I have seen Wood Storks laying on the ground resting. I noted that this behavior is similar to that seen in the White Ibis. I found it interesting.
The Wood Storks mostly fish by putting their large hard scoop-like bill into the mud and sucking in snails, larger insects, worms, tadpoles, frogs and small fish. I have read that some Wood Storks travel miles and miles from their tree roost to search for food. Amazing! I really enjoy seeing these birds! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo. Enjoy!
A resting Sandhill Crane
I spotted these birds last Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 at Lake Paradise, as well as on a golf course near Morse and CR 466, here in The Villages, FL. Such fun to get out and watch the various types of birds we have around now. The weather recently has been very windy rainy and cooler. Hopefully I will find time to get out and take a bunch of new photographs to share here soon. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Canada Geese on Lake Paradise
A Double Crested Cormorant on Lake Paradise at Boone Park
Likely a Red-shouldered Hawk at Lake Paradise
I spotted these Cattle Egrets at Lake Paradise in The Villages on Saturday afternoon. I noticed the huge flock perched in a tree and on the roof of one of the lake front homes. How about that! I think the residents were away for the afternoon.
These egrets seldom visit this lake. I think the big flock was on its way elsewhere and was resting. Cattle Egrets live in pastures among cows and horses mostly. They dine on insects. I think the cool water and pleasant surroundings were a nice place to rest. I sure enjoyed the unusual sight. By the way, the two geese next to the flock of egrets are Egyptian Geese. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
This Little Blue Heron was spotted at a small pond near Morse and CR-466 in The Villages, FL. I also saw two Tri-colored Herons on Lake Paradise also in The Villages. Both types of these herons are occasionally seen here in The Villages on several lakes and ponds here. I believe the Little Blue Heron is one that probably lives in the medium-sized nearby Lake Sumter and the freshwater marshlands around that lake. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Tri-colored Heron with Great Egret
Little Blue Heron
Great Blue Herons were spotted in several small lakes and ponds here in The Villages, Florida last evening at twilight.
These herons fish for frogs, crawfish, small fish, small alligators, larger aquatic insects and snails. . I often see the Great Blue Herons. I spotted Great Blue Herons on Lake Paradise, on the Silver Lake Recreation Center’s pond, and on the little pond near CR 466 at Morse. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Egrets are resident birds here in The Villages, FL area. We have a lot of small lakes and ponds and tiny creeks here with plenty of food for these birds. Of course, the Cattle Egrets come and go and are mainly seen near the few horse and cattle ranches we have in the overall community. We tend to have more Great Egrets here than Snowy or Cattle Egrets. All are meat or insect eating birds. There also are Reddish Egrets in the region but I have only spotted one here in The Villages and that was months ago.
The largest of these three kinds of egrets is the Great Egret which is perhaps three feet tall. The smallest of these egrets is the Snowy Egret, with the Cattle Egret in the mid-range. I took these pictures at various times this year here in The Villages, primarily on Lake Mira-mar, Lake Paradise, and Freedom Pointe Lake. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy! P.S. The community’s archery range will reopen today for the first time since Hurricane Irma damaged it a bit. Hooray!
Great Egret and Snowy Egrets
These White Ibis were laying down which I had never seen before. Generally when resting, these wading birds perch in trees. Amazing. I suspect this behavior helps protect the birds during hurricanes as maybe they lay under shrubbery to stay out of the high winds. Who knows? The photographs were taken last weekend here in The Villages, FL. I also spotted the Trio-colored-colored Heron and Great Blue Heron at Lake Mira-mar. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Great Blue Heron