An Alligator which I am calling the ‘gator “Hacienda Harry”, and a Great Egret were spotted in the Hacienda Golf Course Pond in The Villages, Florida near the multi-modal path that leads to Panama Drive. I have seen the alligator there in the pond several times and usually on the far end closest to the multi-modal path and the group of trees on the shore. I saw this alligator lounging on the shoreline this afternoon (no camera) and yes, it is five feet in length.
I also spotted this Great Egret perched on the top of one of the Cypress Trees in the same area. This bird was particularly hot as it had its bill open to cool itself. We have a lot of small ponds and small lakes here were water birds and yes, sometimes, alligators may be spotted. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
A Great Egret
A Red-winged Blackbird, a Common Moorhen, a pair of Sandhill Cranes, a perched Great Egret, a partially submerged Anhinga, a trio of Double-crested Cormorants, a Pied-billed Grebe; Egyptian Geese; White Ibis; and a flock of Hooded Mergansers were all spotted here in The Villages, FL, late in the afternoon on Wednesday. I also saw a most lovely Monarch Butterfly on some wild Aster flowers.
The Grey Squirrels here have become the rodent version of the ever-begging White Ibis! When we parked the golf cart at Paradise Park, I immediately had four little squirrels come begging for any kind of hand-out treat that would be given. I had to say sorry to the little cuties but someone else had already provided a few tasty peanuts. I sure wish folks would stop feeding the wildlife here! Oh well…
Such fun to get out in beautiful weather and see the birds squirrels and yes, butterflies. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that picture. Enjoy!
A hen Moorhen
Male Red-winged Blackbird
A pair of Sandhill Cranes
A Scenic View of “Larry the Gator’s Pond”
Egyptian Goose and White Ibis
A Monarch Butterfly on an Aster flower