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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

This Blog’s Anniversary!

Red-headed Woodpecker, Crossville, TN

Red-headed Woodpecker, Crossville, TN

Lake St. George, Fairfield Glade, TN

Lake St. George, Fairfield Glade, TN

 

Wood Stork, Sumter County, FL

Wood Stork, Sumter County, FL

 

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Lake St. George, Fairfield Glade, TN

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American Robins, Marion County, FL

 

 

Great Horned Owlet, Sholom Park, Ocala, FL

Great Horned Owlet, Sholom Park, Ocala, FL

This month is the sixth anniversary of this blog! How time flies  I started out talking about the critters I saw daily while we lived along the shoreline of a beautiful lake in a residential resort near Crossville, in Cumberland County, Tennessee.   Next, we lived a year at a little six acre place also in the Crossville, TN area.

Finally, we decided to make the move South to warmer Florida were we lived in Marion County near Ocala, and now live in Lake County, Florida.

A big thank you to all of you who read the blog! I appreciate you!   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version.  These are some older snapshots I know you will enjoy revisiting.  Enjoy!

Green Heron, Dunnellon, Fl

Green Heron, Dunnellon, Fl

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron, Sumter County, FL

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Ocala, FL

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Ocala, FL

 

The Little Farm in Crossville, TN

The Little Farm in Crossville, TN

Roseate Spoonbills Ding Darling Wildlife Preserve, Sanibel Island, FL

Roseate Spoonbills
Ding Darling Wildlife Preserve, Sanibel Island, FL

Lake Sumter, The Villages, FL

Lake Sumter, The Villages, FL

 

Some Favorites…

Common Moorhens

Common Moorhens

Florida Native Mottled Duck

Florida Native Mottled Duck

Anhinga

Anhinga

Wading birds, and waterfowl are favorites of mine.  I like observing the big waders such as herons, and egrets.  I am also fond of Anhingas, and many kinds of ducks.  Here are several snapshots I took in the past couple of weeks that I hope you will enjoy!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that picture.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Anhinga Submerged (Hunting)

Anhinga Submerged (Hunting)

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret and Little Blue Heron

Great Egret and Little Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Whistlers on Wednesday

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I spotted some Black-bellied Whistlers lounging around the banks of a small backyard pond the other day and snapped these pictures.  This is a pond that I have occasionally stopped at in the past couple of years.  It is located in Northwestern Marion County, Florida.  I took all of the pictures in the last week.

I also took photographs of the ducks in flight in Lake County, Florida at a small lake.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of that picture.  Enjoy!DSC_6935

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New Views of the Horse Ranch Pond

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Sand Hill Cranes, a Great Blue Heron, a Great Egret and a Little Blue Heron were all spotted yesterday afternoon (10/4/15) at the horse ranch pond I have been taking pictures at over the past two years.  I have actually photographed this pair of Sand Hill Cranes many times.  I strongly believe that this is the same pair that had the little chick last January.  I had photographed the chick several times last Spring.  No sign of the juvenile, which is close to being an adult now.

This pond is on a large horse farm in Northwestern Marion County, Florida.   As always, I took the pictures from the side of the road.  It is a good spot to photograph the doings at the pond as it is far enough away that I do not disturb the birds.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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An American White Ibis Visits

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This American White Ibis was spotted strolling around lawns here on my street.  It was alone which is pretty unusual.  Last weekend, I had spotted a small flock of American White Ibises about two  blocks from my home, down in a rainfall retention basin.  I did not see any other Ibises when this Ibis was here on Tuesday.

Ibis like to root around in the grass for bugs and worms with their spongy bill.  That is exactly what this rather pleasant and most comical-looking Ibis was doing.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

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A Woodpecker Wednesday Extravaganza!

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Male Downey Woodpecker

Male Downy Woodpecker

Here are some pictures of both a Red-bellied Woodpecker, and a tiny male Downy Woodpecker that were here on my street this last week.  I saw that Red-bellied Woodpecker across the street in my neighbor’s tree and on their home (I shooed it away gently as it was drumming on the metal flashing of the eves).

The Downy Woodpecker was looking for insects on my Magnolia Tree.  I love all of the woodpeckers and was just thrilled to see both of the birds here!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of that picture. Enjoy!

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

 

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Songbirds, and a Bunny Too!

Northern Parula

Northern Parula?

This past week I spotted a Brown Thrasher, several Tufted Titmice and a bird that I believe may be a Northern Parula.  That Brown Thrasher is the first one I have seen here in Florida!  The Titmice have been here in bunches lately.  That Chickadee is here with the Titmice as is often the case.  The bonus picture is of the Cotton-tail bunny.

I sometimes see the rabbits in the lawn areas at dusk, but mostly see the bunnies in the areas on the periphery of the development.  Too many hawks patrolling my little neighborhood now for rabbits to be out and about here.  I took these pictures here on June 11, 2015 and also on June 12, 2015.

Carolina Chickadee

Carolina Chickadee

Northern Parula

Northern Parula?

Cotton-tailed Rabbit

Cotton-tailed Rabbit

 

Carolina Chickadee

Carolina Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

 

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks at a Pond

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This small flock of Black-bellied “Whistlers” was happily hanging out at a small backyard pond in Northwestern Marion County, Florida when I came by and snapped these pictures.  This pond is out in horse country and is a shared facility between several homes.  I took the pictures from the side of the road.  I snuck up on the pair above to get this rather close-up photo with my long lens (I stayed far enough away from the birds so as not to disturb them as much as possible).

I have taken pictures near this pond before and have frequently spotted Canada Geese, a Great Blue Heron and various ducks.  I was absolutely thrilled to spot the flock of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks.  I believe this particular flock of the ducks are native here in Florida and are not migratory.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

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The “Baby” Sandhill Crane is a Grown-up!

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This Sandhill Crane is the same juvenile I have photographed for just over the last three months now (I think it was March 16, 2015 when I first posted a picture of the chick with parents).  I spotted this crane at the same horse ranch pond in Northeastern Marion County where I often have photographed water birds.  I did not see the parents this time.  I wonder if the parents are on a nearby pasture or if they have left the juvenile for an extended time.

I do not know if the juvenile, which appears mostly fully grown at around fifteen weeks of age, can fly yet.  Sandhill Cranes are excellent at flying.  I believe the family was of the native Florida group of Sandhill Cranes.  I am not sure how much longer I will be seeing this wonderful crane here.  The crane likely will eventually seek a mate and possibly move on.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

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