Wood Storks, White Ibis, Snowy Egrets, and a Common Moorhen were spotted at the Glenview Country Club’s front decorative ponds on Morse Blvd. near El Camino Real, here in The Villages, Florida several days ago.
This pond is a small one and is frequented usually by ducks. People walk their dogs along the shoreline and often will give the birds a hand-out or two. At times, other water birds join the fun. I believe there also are aquatic snails, aquatic insects, small fish, small frogs and occasionally, small turtles in the twin ponds there. There also is plenty of shade as the trees line one side of the pond. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks are sweeties! Yes, I just love these ducks that have real personality and gorgeous looks. I spotted a beautiful family of mother father and ducklings at the decorative pond in front of the Glenview Country Club in The Villages, Florida on Monday afternoon. I also have seen these ducks at the Freedom Point lakes on the Morse Blvd. side near the multi-modal pathway. By the way, the ducklings now have blue bills and feet which will eventually turn coral pink as they mature. Both drakes and hens look very similar. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.
Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy! P.S. My community is not in the hurricane area so no worries here. I appreciate your thoughts and prayers for the “Panhandle” of Florida where the big hurricane will come ashore later today – Linda (“Wildlifewatcher”).
Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of each of the photographs I took on Monday night here in The Villages, Florida. Enjoy!
Mallard Duck (drake)
Please click on the thumbnail image to see the very slightly larger version of the photo. I took the picture with my cell phone. The big bird was at Paradise Park in The Villages, FL, on 9/17/18.
A pair of Sandhill Cranes was spotted last night about 6:30pm in the Hacienda neighborhood, across the street from a golf course, here in The Villages, FL. We have a year-around population of Sandhill Cranes which are native here in Florida.
Sandhill Cranes love browsing on tender grass on cool shady golf courses where there also usually is a pond for drinking water. These cranes will eat insects and worms as well as aquatic plants, small fish, frogs and small turtles.
The cranes here in The Villages don’t seem terribly concerned by people being around as this pair were actually standing on the front lawn of a residence across the street from the course (and across the street from Sandhill Crane statues in a front yard). Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
This juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron was spotted on the North Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive near Apopka, FL on Saturday, September 1, 2018. I also saw an adult Black-crowned Night Heron perched on a very distant tree but my photograph was not good enough to add-in here. The juvenile was fairly close sitting on a sturdy tree limb just across a narrow canal from the roadway. This is the first juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron I have ever seen. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!