These pictures were taken this afternoon at Schwartz Park in The Villages, FL. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Posts tagged ‘Nature’
This Cotton-tail Rabbit was happily munching on tender grass in a front lawn along my street a couple of days ago late in the afternoon. It is a rare sight!
There are rabbits here but we seldom are aware of their presence and there are few of them. I think it is a good thing as many would be unhappy to have their garden eaten by a bunch of bunnies! The possibility of rabbits visiting my yard is a reason why I have yet to plant any vegetables (along with marauding Grey Squirrels). Oh well, they all are cute! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
This lovely Great Blue Heron was perched on the water-level gauge on the far arm at Boone Park, of the little Lake Paradise here in The Villages, FL. I took the pictures on Wednesday evening at around 6:30pm on a soggy night. I took the picture from our golf cart as it was lightly raining at the time. I think these big birds are often not too disturbed by people as the lake is a residential and recreational one. There are a lot of small homes and three parks on its shoreline. By the way, this morning is a bright Sunny one so our rain is diminishing!
This bird was out with a single duck, and Anhinga, and a wonderful Wood Stork. I think these birds were probably trying to get their evening meal in all the rain. It is fun to see the Great Blue Herons here as those big wading birds have a lot of personality. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Great Blue Herons are commonly spotted on most lakes here in The Villages, FL. Along with the Great Egrets and the White Ibis, the Great Blue Herons are fairly easy to spot on the shore. I took these pictures recently of the Great Blue Herons at Paradise Park Lake and at the Freedom Pointe Lake.
These wading birds are still in the remnants of their breeding plumage but are nesting now and will soon molt or lose their breeding feathers. The Great Blue Herons eat fish, frogs, crawfish, small alligators, small turtles, waterfowl eggs and babies, and occasionally small snakes and lizards on the immediate shore area. The Great Blue Herons live mostly around fresh or brackish water ponds, lakes, rivers and marshes/swamps. These herons nest in tall sturdy trees in large stick nests. Sometimes, they will just rest on docks, piers, empty small boats, and yes, gazebo structures! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Alligators, butterflies, dragonflies and squirrels are some of the wildlife living here in my area that are not birds. I spend most of my nature observation time looking for birds but I also appreciate the other critters! We have both Grey Squirrels and the Sherman’s Fox Squirrels here but the Grey Squirrels are the most commonly seen between the two. We also have Cotton-tail Rabbits, a variety of snakes and lizards and a few Coyotes and perhaps seldom seen, a Bobcat.
Alligators are here in most of the ponds and lakes. I often spot the butterflies and dragonflies in the preserves and of course in neighborhood yards and gardens. Always a beautiful sight! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
This American Purple Gallinule was hunkered down among the reeds on the shoreline of Lake Griffin at the Bourlay Nature Park in Leesburg, Florida on April 19, 2018 at about 6:00pm. I spotted the bird because it got spooked by the presence of an American Alligator circling around in the shallows of the lake near where the gallinule was hidden.
The Purple Gallinule that I photographed is a male and it sure is handsome with bright blue and purple feathers, a red-orange fleshy area over its beak, and bright yellow legs and feet. The Purple Gallinule resembles the Common Moorhens and the Common Coots. The Purple Gallinules often are spotted in shallow waters on the shoreline of lakes, striding around on top of lily pads and reed mats. It has long thin toes which help it stay balanced on tippy floating leaves. By the way, this is only the second Purple Gallinule I have ever spotted. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
A trio of Cooter Turtles, a pair of Florida Mottled Ducks, a Monarch Butterfly, a Fence Lizard, a Carolina Wren and a couple of Great Egrets (not shown here due to blurry rainy pictures) were all spotted on Sunday, April 15, 2018 in the afternoon at the lovely Fenney Springs Nature Trail and Spanish Moss Park in The Village of Fenney in The Villages, FL.
The Fenney area is among the most recently developed areas of The Villages, and it has an especially beautiful regional park! The springs are a natural area with added man-made ponds among the fields and Live Oaks. The park has a lovely accessible boardwalk nature trail. There also are a few well-placed picnic tables in the grassy area slightly away from the boardwalk and close to the rear pond. There seemed to be a good amount of parking available for cars and carts, too. We had to cut our quick visit short due to thunderstorms. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!