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White Ibis

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of each of the photographs I took on Monday night here in The Villages, Florida.  Enjoy!

Anhinga

Cottontail Rabbit

Mallard Duck (drake)

A Fun Visit to the Sharon Wiechens Nature Preserve in The Villages, FL

A Pied-billed Grebe

The Sharon Wiechens Nature Preserve in The Villages is a community treasure of a place!  I really enjoy visiting this lake-side preserve here.  I made a short trip there yesterday afternoon and saw quite a few different birds.  I spotted two Southern Bald Eagles;  a Pied Billed Grebe;  a flying hen Mallard Duck;  a Great Egret;  a Glossy Ibis;  a nesting Moorhen;  and a few Boat-tailed Grackles.

I also saw a few Common Coots there at the preserve.  Usually I spot something different when we visit each time.  There is a fantastic boardwalk deck overlook which loops around into the lake itself over the shallow marsh.  I also occasionally go up onto the wooden observation deck structure for a quick look around.  I did not see any Sherman’s Fox Squirrels this trip.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

A Great Egret

Male Boat-tailed Grackles

A Glossy Ibis

 

Southern Bald Eagles (From a distance)

A Hen Mallard

Common Moorhen on its Nest

Some Wildlife in The Villages, FL

 

Backyard Surprise: A Mallard Duck!

The Mallard Duck

I saw this drake Mallard in my back yard one early evening.  I snapped that particular picture through my window.  Imagine my surprise as I live about a half-mile from the nearest pond or lake.  After having seen this duck, I noticed that there have been a few of these ducks roaming around this neighborhood in the last couple of weeks.  Perhaps in search of a honey or maybe just different food?  Who can say.

I spotted the Killdeer, Tri-colored Heron and the Great Egret at Santiago Golf Course pond, and the Wood Duck drake at Paradise Lake at Boone Park in The Villages, Florida. This Wood Duck is one of the few Wood Ducks I have ever seen in The Villages.

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

A Tri-colored Heron at Santiago Golf Course Pond

A Tri-colored Heron at Santiago Golf Course Pond

Oh-so-low, A Great Egret Hunts

A Great Egret Hunts

Great Egret at Santiago Golf Course Pond

A Great Egret at Santiago Golf Course Pond

 

A Killdeer at Santiago Golf Course

A Killdeer at Santiago Golf Course

A Family of Canada Geese at Boone Park

Canada Geese at Boone Park

Drake (male) Wood Duck at Boone Park

A Wood Duck at Boone Park

 

 

Birds in Flight

Here are a number of pictures I have taken of birds in flight.  I have taken these photographs on various days in the last couple of months.  The pictures show European Starlings, a Great Blue Heron, Canada Geese, a Turkey Vulture, a Bald Eagle, a Mallard Duck, an Eastern Bluebird, and an Eastern Bluejay.  It is so interesting to watch birds fly.  Taking pictures of birds flying is a sometimes frustrating thing.   The larger the bird and closer the bird is to me, the better the picture is.   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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