White Pelicans and Great Blue Herons
White Pelicans, Sandhill Cranes, a Great Blue Heron, Canada and Egyptian Geese, ducks a plenty and egrets were all spotted at Paradise Lake in Paradise Park, The Villages, Florida on Tuesday (5/9/17) evening at dusk. No rain in sight and the lake continues to shrink. As a blog friend mentioned in comments on a recent post here, the birds seem to be benefitting short-term from the low water levels.
Additionally, I took several pictures at the lake this morning (5/12/17) and saw Wood Storks, White Pelicans, shorebirds of some type (Plovers?), and a huge gathering of egrets and herons. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the very slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy! P.S. Happy Mother’s Day on Sunday!
Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, White Ibis
Sandhill Crane and Great Blue Heron in the Background
Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks
A Lesser Yellowlegs with reflections on the lake
Lake Paradise is one of the little park lakes here in The Villages, Florida. It is home to a variety of birds big and small. The level of the lake is way down now. We are in a drought. This is a man-made lake and depends on rainfall for its water.
I spotted the Belted Kingfisher again. I have photographed the bird several different times. I also saw a pair of Canada Geese browsing up in the park near the shoreline. There were about a hundred small shorebirds and Seagulls. The shorebirds likely were some type of plovers and Lesser Yellowlegs. I also saw a lone Snowy Egret and a lone Great Blue Heron. The sad fact is that those shorebirds were wading in what should be the middle of the lake in mere inches of water.
Not many ducks at all this morning. I took the pictures at about 8:00am. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Low water levels!
Shorebirds (probably Plovers)
These are Lesser Yellowlegs and probably Killdeer. There also were a bunch of very tiny shorebirds I don’t know the name of, but are possibly a kind of plover, strolling along the shoreline area. I took these pictures two weeks ago on the local neighborhood lake (this location on the lake is nearly dry now by the way). The shorebirds were hunting for tiny fish, tadpoles, aquatic insects and snails. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
White Pelicans, a Sandhill Crane, Northern Shoveler Ducks, a Great Egret, Double Crested Cormorants and Lesser Yellowlegs all joined the mob of Seagulls in the fray trying to find a lunch meal at a local golf course water hazard pond. I estimate that there were well over one hundred White Pelicans in two big groups there in the large pond. That Sandhill Crane landed right in front of a home with statues of large wading birds! How fun!
Additionally, I spotted a male Boat-tailed Grackle perched on the roof of our car! I took these pictures on January 17, 2016 at the Belle Glade Golf Course pond in The Villages, Florida. I was there at the pond on a shoreline knoll, observing for about twenty minutes, and had such a great time seeing all the action! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
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 single Lesser Yellowlegs was here at the larger of the rainfall retention basin in our development on Christmas day. This particular pond goes from full to dry and back again fairly often. The Lesser Yellowlegs was trying to find some insects or smaller aquatic animals for its meal and I imagine that insects were all that it found.
The pond only has a few frogs, tadpoles and insects once in awhile, so the hunting is not great for these wading birds. I am surprised at how often I do see birds there on that basin, given how little food there is in the water. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Three Lesser Yellowlegs, a couple of Killdeer and a few Common Crows all were hunting for their early evening meal at the rapidly drying up rainfall retention basin pond here in the development. The Yellowlegs are frequent visitors to this seasonal pond. I noticed that the cattail reeds and grass along the pond’s edge had recently been mown. I spotted these Yellowlegs last evening at about 5:00 pm.
The Yellowlegs are a wading shorebirds and eat small fish, tadpoles, frogs, turtles, and larger insects. I think there are a lot of tadpoles (also called pollywogs) in this pond at the moment as well as many worms and insects. I am always happy to spot wading birds at the pond as it seems to be the only place now that I am seeing wading birds here. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!