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Herons

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Herons, Tri-colored Herons, and Little Blue Herons are the most commonly seen herons here in The Villages, Florida.  The Great Blue Heron is the most frequently seen, followed by the Little Blue Heron.  I think I have only seen one Green Heron here and that was a year ago.

All of these herons are wading birds that shuffle along in the shallows of the lakes and ponds to spear fish, frogs, or turtles with their long sharp bills.  They also eat larger insects, small lizards, and large aquatic insects or snails.

The herons roost up in tall trees.  Many prefer the Cypress Trees here.  Some also will roost in the medium-sized trees where there also are Ibis or Egrets.  We used to have a large area of roosts on Morse Blvd. (I had photographed it and posted about it many months ago) but that area seems out of favor with the birds in recent months.  I don’t know the reason for the big move.  It could be a case of too much threat from coyotes or other predators.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the photo.

Tri-colored Heron

Little Blue Heron

Wiechens Preserve, Part 2

 

Tri-color Heron

Tri-color Heron

Tri-color Heron

Tri-color Heron

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes, Common Moorhens, and a gorgeous Little Blue Heron were spotted the other day at the scenic Sharon Wiechens Preserve in The Villages, Florida.  All were feeding as it was late in the afternoon while we visited.

This nice preserve is on the shore of a medium-sized lake and has been open about a year or so now.  I am amazed at the numbers of birds seen in a small area and all are wild!  The preserve has a concrete walkway, a two-floor wood observation tower deck and a wooden pier walkway that juts out into the lake quite a way and then returns in a half rectangle toward the shore.  Lots of opportunities to see ducks, moorhens, coots and the occasional egrets, herons, ibis, and Bald Eagle (eagle up on the far electric tower).

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Little Blue Heron and Common Moorhen

Little Blue Heron and Common Moorhen

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

 

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Common Moorhen

Common Moorhen

 

 

A Visit to Sharon Weichens Preserve

Tri-color Heron

Tri-color Heron

Four Glossy Ibis, a Bald Eagle, a pair of Sandhill Cranes, a Great Egret, a beautiful Tribute-colored Heron,  Sherman’s Fox Squirrels, a Grey Squirrel, Common Moorhens, and a Little Blue Heron were all spotted at the wonderful Sharon Weichens Nature Preserve here in The Villages, Florida yesterday afternoon.

It had rained (thankfully) earlier in the day so the birds were out in force gobbling up many food items that had washed into the medium-sized lake at this beautiful preserve.  I do not think I have ever spotted so many different types of birds and animals while there at the preserve.  We were there at about 3:30 in the afternoon.

That Bald Eagle looks like it is starting a nest up on the high tension line tower.  I was a long way away from the eagle and was happy I had the long lens.   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  P.S. I will post more pictures I took today in a future post.

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Grey Squirrel with a nut

Grey Squirrel with a nut

Sherman's Fox Squirrel

Sherman’s Fox Squirrel

 

 

Southern Bald Eagle

Southern Bald Eagle

Great Egret

Great Egret

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Action at the Wal-Mart Pond

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A Little Blue Heron, a few Common Moorhens, and a little Pied-billed Grebe were spotted at the pond next to the Wal-Mart parking lot on CR 466 around the Buffalo Ridge area in The Villages, Florida last week.

The Little Blue Heron starts out as a white bird and gets darker with age until it is a lovely purplish-blue.  The Little Blue Heron also has greenish-yellow legs and feet.  It is a beautiful big wading bird.  The Little Blue Heron eats fish, frogs, turtles, crayfish, aquatic worms, aquatic snails, and sometimes, shore-based insects and mice.  The heron roosts in tall trees, and prefers Cypress Trees when possible.  please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  My thoughts and prayers are with those people in Northern California who are affected by flooding, or the precautionary evacuations for the Oroville Dam difficulties.

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

 

Pictures of Several Kinds of Herons

Green Heron, Dunnellon, FL

Green Heron

Here are some of the various kinds of herons I have spotted here in Florida.  I have seen the common Great Blue Heron; the Great White Heron; the Little Blue Heron in both the blue and the white phases; the Tri-colored Heron; and the Green Heron.  I have not photographed a Yellow-crowned Night Heron but I did spot one at Sanibel Island a couple of years ago.

Around The Villages, Florida area, I often see the Great Blue Herons, the Little Blue Herons and the Tri-colored Herons.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Adult Little Blue Heron

Adult Little Blue Heron

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

 

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron (photo taken at dusk)

Great White Heron in Breeding Plumage

Great White Heron in Breeding Plumage

A Visit to the Sharon Rose Weichens Preserve

 

Southern Bald Eagle

Southern Bald Eagle

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

This nature preserve is part of The Villages, Florida in a new area to the South end of the development.  I went to the preserve on December 15, 2015 and enjoyed seeing American Coots, a Little Blue Heron, a Bald Eagle (up on the high tension electric tower), a Red-bellied Woodpecker, the Sherman’s Fox Squirrels, a number of ducks in the distance, and Meadowlarks.

In the past, I have also seen Great Egrets, and a White Tailed Deer (across on the far side of the lake).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  By the way, it was raining lightly when I was at the preserve.  P.S.  I saw a huge flock of White Pelicans arrive at the small neighborhood lake near my home this afternoon.  I hope to get some pictures taken while the birds are still around.  Wildlifewatcher

Scenic View of the Far Shore

Scenic View of the Far Shore

Ring-necked Ducks

Ring-necked Ducks

Southern Bald Eagle

Southern Bald Eagle

 

 

Entry

Entry

Sherman's Fox Squirrel

Sherman’s Fox Squirrel

Observation Tower and Deck

Observation Tower and Deck

 

American Coot

American Coot

Eastern Meadowlarks

Eastern Meadowlarks

 

 

 

American Coot

American Coot

 

 

A Little Blue Heron

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This Little Blue Heron was hunting for its dinner in the shallow waters on the marshland edge of Lake Sumter in The Villages, Florida at “Sunrise Point”.

The Little Blue Heron like its larger cousin, the Great Blue Heron, eats fish, frogs, crayfish, small turtles, aquatic snails, water fowl eggs, mice, and larger insects.  I did not see this particular bird actually get any prey but it sure did try!  I had a good view from a raised wooden deck platform in the park and also from the lawn on another part of the small park on the edge of the marsh.

The Little Blue Heron is a small purple-blue heron that often has a juvenile white phase where it closely resembles an egret.  I really enjoyed watching this bird and am thrilled to live near many ponds and lakes where there are many wading and water birds around.  I took these pictures last night at dusk (November 2, 2015).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of that photo.  Enjoy!

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