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Birds in the Air at Bourlay Historic Nature Park in Leesburg, FL

Osprey

When I was taking photographs of the Purple Gallinule and the American Alligator the other day at the lovely little nature park in Leesburg, Florida, I saw a trio of Little Blue Herons.  One was an adult in the typical purple-blue coloring of breeding season, one of the Little Blue Herons was a transitional older juvenile in the process of turning blue, and the last was the juvenile in white phase, which was the youngest of all three of the birds.

I also spotted four Osprey, a Great Egret, a few Anhingas, and a few small songbirds like Red-winged Blackbirds, and Common Grackles while I was at Bourlay Nature Park.  This park has a short hiking trail along Lake Griffin and a small wooden pier for bird watching.  There also seems to be a kayak landing area and a nature talk sitting area.  There is a small parking lot and restrooms as well.  This park is just about a half mile or so East of Highway 441 on Canal Street.  I enjoyed about a half-hour there as it was at dusk and there were Alligators in the area.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Osprey

Little Blue Herons

Anhingas

 

Great Egret

Osprey

Anhinga

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Different Herons

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Herons, Little Blue Herons and Tri-color Herons are the most frequently seen herons here in The Villages, FL.  I am also including a shot of a Green Heron that I spotted in Fairfield Glade, Tennessee several years ago, and a Yellow-crowned Night Heron I saw in Belize this last December.  These large birds live around fresh water mostly and wade in the shallow water hunting for small fish, frogs, aquatic snails and larger insects.  Some of the herons are very colorful such as the Little Blue Heron.

I enjoy watching the birds stroll along the banks of the ponds or lakes and then seriously stare down their prey when on the hunt for their meal.  These birds use their sharp-pointed bill to stab catch their meal.  Herons usually roost in large trees were they build nests of sticks.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Little Blue Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Green Heron

 

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Great Blue Heron on nest

Little Blue Heron

Wildlife in Belize

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

I have been to Mexico and Belize on a one week cruise last week.  I only took pictures while in Belize for a single day, and enjoyed a couple hours on the Belize River while en-route to the Mayan ruins at Altun-ha.  On the river we saw about 10 Little Blue Herons in different spots; a few black Howler Monkeys; several Iguanas (males are orange), two Crocodiles; a Yellow-crowned Night Heron and a few tropical song-birds.

It was really interesting to see all the exotic and familiar (Little Blue Herons) wildlife there.  I hope to return to Belize some day.  It is a lovely place with interesting friendly folks!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Insect Bats

Tropical Songbird seen at Altun-ha Mayan ruins (Couch’s Kingbird?)

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

 

Male Iguana

Crocodile

Young Howler Monkeys

A Little Blue Heron Fishes For Dinner

This Little Blue Heron was spotted here in The Villages, Florida at the Santiago golf course pond on Enrique Drive on Saturday evening at about 5:00pm.  I was driving around that area trying to look for the Bald Eagles I sometimes spot there, and came upon the heron while it was fishing for its dinner.

This large pond is right up against the street so when the big wading birds or the ducks are present, it is easy to see them.  This golf course is closed and under maintenance now so the birds are more at ease being there.  The Santiago golf course pond is in a residential area and at the recreation center with parking there for cars and carts.

The Little Blue Herons are around the community but not at every lake or pond.  I would say, I see a Little Blue Heron about every few weeks.  The White Ibis or Great Blue Herons are much more commonly seen here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Little Blue Herons

Little Blue Heron at Ochlockonee River State Park, Florida

I spotted these Little Blue Herons at the little lake behind Freedom Pointe in The Villages, FL  at a vernal pool in the campground at the Ochlockonee River State Park near St. Mark’s National Wildlife Sanctuary in North-Central Florida, and also at both Schwartz and Boone Parks in The Villages at Lake Paradise (which is now refilling with water).  I saw these beautiful big wading birds within the last month (Schwartz and Boone  herons possibly with Snowy Egrets or juvenile herons, on Wednesday).

The Little Blue Herons start as white juveniles and as they age, they turn a beautiful purple blue with olive-green legs and feet.  They are much more of a blue hue than the similar-looking Reddish Egret.

The Little Blue Herons eat frogs, fish, crawfish, small turtles, baby alligators, ducklings, and occasionally aquatic snails, worms, and larger aquatic insects.  They generally spear their prey with their sharp long bill and then gulp the food down.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Little Blue Heron at Boone Park in The Villages, FL

Little Blue Heron at Schwartz Park in The Villages, FL

 

 

 

Little Blue Heron at Ochlockonee River State Park in Florida

Snowy Egret with Little Blue Heron at Freedom Pointe in The Villages, FL

Little Blue Heron at Freedom Pointe in The Villages, FL

Wordless Wednesday: Wading Birds & Waterfowl

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

I took these pictures this past Saturday  during the early evening, at little Paradise Lake in The Villages, Florida.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

Florida Mottled Duck

Florida Mottled Duck

Egyptian Goose

Egyptian Goose

A Visit to the Sharon Rose Weichens Preserve in The Villages, FL

 

 

Mystery Bird - Hawk? Falcon?

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Mystery Hawk , Falcon?

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Mystery Hawk? Falcon?

Sharp-shinned Hawk

 

Yesterday afternoon my husband and I visited the Weichens nature preserve here in The Villages, FL.  We saw several really wonderful birds.  No squirrels this time as it was hot and very windy out.  One has to take their time at this preserve.  Because the rules say that visitors need to stay on the sidewalk and boardwalk, the viewing space through the lawn area is pretty distant as far as birds go.  The Sherman’s Fox Squirrels usually hang out on the ground near the sidewalk so that is a plus.

Take your time if visiting.  Being patient is helpful in that birds often appear out of nowhere and only stay a brief moment or two in one spot.  By the way, thanks to a knowledgeable reader, I have identified the hawk I saw yesterday as a Sharp-shinned Hawk.  Beautiful bird!   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

Male Common Moorhen

Male Common Moorhen

Family of Common Moorhens

Family of Common Moorhens

Osprey in Flight

Osprey in Flight

 

Anhingas

Anhingas

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Common Moorhen Chick

Common Moorhen Chick

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