I spotted this large gathering of American White Pelicans at the Freedom Pointe Lake here in The Villages, Florida. There also were a few cormorants mixed-in with the pelicans. The pelicans will soon be making their way back up North.
Like many others, I am now staying at home as much as possible these days. I am sharing mostly older photos that have not appeared here before. I hope all of you readers and I, can stay as healthy as possible! Please click not the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
These two Double-crested Cormorants were diving in a local pond for fish. One was successful and the other was out of luck. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Male Red-winged Blackbirds are very attractive songbirds! They are black in color with a bright yellow and orange-red patch on the shoulder area of each wing. The hens are a brown color without the colorful patch of yellow and red.
Red-winged blackbirds are mainly seen around bodies of fresh water. They seem to thrive around marshes and enjoy eating the seeds of aquatic plants as well as many insects. The males have a buzzy loud song that is memorable. I always enjoy spotting these rather pretty songbirds! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of each of these photos I recently took here in The Villages, Florida. Enjoy!
American White Pelicans & Sea Gulls
Snowy Egrets & Double-crested Cormorants
Drake Lesser Scaup Duck
Wood Storks have been spotted here in The Villages at Glenwood Country Club pond, at Freedom Pointe Lake, and at Lake Mira-mar. The two I saw at Lake Mira-mar were quite curious and came up close to me when I shot the photo from the golf cart (hence the close-ups). I think tourists are still feeding the White Ibis and Wood Storks at Lake Mira-mar which is at Spanish Springs which is why the storks have lost fear of people and beg. Sad. Yes there is a sign telling people not to feed the birds but some still do so. I do not.
The other lakes I mention, had Wood Storks that decidedly were not going to be near people at all. Very wild and good. Wood Storks stop by in the late Winter and again in about July. Occasionally the Wood Storks are here at other times but not as many individual birds. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
A pair of Southern Bald Eagles and their two eaglets were spotted on the nest up on the high tension electric line tower at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course here in The Villages, Florida on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. This nest is along the multi-modal trail near the Mulberry Dog Park.
The parent eagles have used this nest for a few seasons now. The two eaglets are about ready to fledge and fly away. That is likely to happen in the next week or maybe two weeks as the eaglets were flapping their wings and sitting on the outer edge of their nest area.
Bald Eagles eat fish, and smaller rodents. There are a few ponds on the golf course and of course there are rabbits and squirrels, too for a tasty meal. I saw evidence of the dropped skeletal remains of such plus a few dropped feathers, when I was under the tower trying to find a good idea of where to take these photos. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Alligators and Anhingas are sometimes spotted here in The Villages, FL in or along the shoreline of various smaller ponds and lakes. The ‘Gators are mostly located in places where they are not a threat to people under normal circumstances. It is best to stay far away from Alligators and be especially careful when walking near ponds, lakes or springs during early morning and late afternoon hours.
Anhingas are lovely medium-sized water birds that have pointed long bills, a snake-like neck and an oval body. They have piano-key like markings on their wings when their wings are spread open. Anhingas often are seen with just their neck and head above the water fishing, or are perched on a branch or inlet pipe drying their spread-out wings. Anhingas cannot fly if their wings are wet. Anhingas eat fish, frogs and crayfish mostly.
The easiest way to tell the difference between an Anhinga and a Cormorant is that the Anhinga has the straight sharp bill, while the Cormorant’s bill has a slight hook at the end and is thicker. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!