A Great Egret in the Cypress Tree, a Tri-color Heron, an Anhinga, a juvenile White Ibis with a Little Blue Heron were all spotted at Freedom Pointe Lake and at the nearby Hacienda Golf Course pond here in The Villages, FL on a recent afternoon. All are interesting birds!
The egrets were up in the trees due to it being cloudy with a very good chance of thunderstorms to happen (it did rain about a half-hour later). These birds were very close to the multi-modal golf cart paths that skirt many ponds and lakes here. It affords me a good chance to spot birds up close. Handy for taking pictures! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
White Pelicans and Double-crested Cormorants
Three White Pelicans; a couple of Double-crested Cormorants; an Egyptian Goose; a Boat-tailed Grackle; several hybrid Florida Mottled/Mallard Ducks; and a Great Egret were all spotted this afternoon at the driving range pond on the beautiful Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course here in The Villages, FL.
The trio of White Pelicans have made this pond home all year. It is pretty unusual here for the pelicans to miss migration back up North but this little group apparently missed the flock or something.
On a side note, the minute we pulled up in our golf cart on the pond-side multi-modal trail, the ducks and goose started coming toward us. Like the White Ibis bunch at Lake Mira-mar, the golf cart must mean “Food”! No, so sorry. I do not feed exotic birds or even the pond ducks and geese here. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Hybrid Mottled/Mallard Ducks
Male Boat-tailed Grackle
Pelicans and Cormorants
Cormorant with fish meal
Florida Mottled Ducks are around in many ponds and lakes here in The Villages, Florida these days. I also have seen a few hybrid Florida Mottled and Mallard ducks here too. Like their cousins the Mallards, Mottled ducks are social and talkative, with a bit softer quack than the more rowdy Mallards.
Mottled Ducks also look quite like a female or hen Mallard or even a Black Duck. These ducks are tipping ducks that tip their head under water slightly to grab passing food. Of course, they also eat insects, small reptiles and frogs and grains or seeds on the shoreline on occasion. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Mottled Ducks, Egyptian Geese, a Tri-colored Heron, an Anhinga, Great Blue Heron, and Great Egret were all spotted a few days ago on Freedom Pointe Lake and Paradise Lake in The Villages, FL.
The Great Blue Heron, Egyptian Geese, and Anhinga were all sitting on what I call “Pelican Point”. That is the spot where a huge congregation of White Pelicans sits most of the Winter.
The Mottled Duck group was found on Lake Paradise near Boone Park, and the Trip-colored Heron was on the side pond next to Freedom Pointe Lake on Morse Blvd.
Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. As ever, enjoy!
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Mottled Ducks and Mallard Ducks were all spotted at Lake Paradise near Schwartz Park and Boone Park yesterday at dusk (about 5:15pm). I am starting to see more ducks each week here. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Anhinga on flooded Lake Mira-mar
I took these pictures on Sunday evening at twilight here in The Villages, FL. The pictures were taken at Lake Mira-mar and at near Boone Park on Lake Paradise. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
White Ibis on Lake Mira-mar at Veteran’s Park area
Mottled Ducks at Boone Park, Flooded Kim Street
Great Egret on Lake Paradise from near Boone Park
Birds cool off by opening their beaks or bills to breathe cooler air into their system. So on a hot day or evening if you see a bird panting, they are just trying to keep cool. They also will often try to sit or perch in a shady spot or wade in a stream, pond or lake. I took these photos last night at dusk here in The Villages, Florida. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Great Blue Heron
Mottled Ducks, White Ibis, Trio-colored Heron
Great Blue Heron