These wading birds and the duck were all spotted at the little Freedom Pointe Lakes on El Camino Blvd. in The Villages, FL this past weekend. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Tai-Colored Heron and Snowy Egret
Osprey and Common Cormorants
Today’s almost wordless Wednesday offering is view of the White Ibis flock, a Wood Stork with the White Ibis, Mallard/Mottled Duck hybrids, a couple of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, a Great Egret, and a Canada Goose. All were at the little Lake Mira-mar at Spanish Springs, The Villages, FL, a few days ago. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
I was just in Atlantic Beach, FL and saw the lovely Tideviews Preserve there. This area is a suburb of Jacksonville, FL and is right on a large river and very close to the Atlantic Ocean. This is basically a brackish tideland marsh.
I saw a lot of tiny crabs along the path in the dirt and a few on the boardwalk. They scattered when I approached. I also spotted a juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron; and several Great Egrets while I was there at about 10:30am which was an incoming tide towards a high tide. I have been told that many more birds can be seen there during the low tide, including Roseate Spoonbills. So, perhaps the next time I am there I will hope to go during a low or even minus tide. It was a fun visit even though I did not see very many birds. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Egrets in the Trees
Scenic view down the marsh canal from the boardwalk pier
Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Mottled Ducks and Whistling Ducks were seen at a couple of ponds here in The Villages last week and also a couple of weeks ago. These ducks live at our ponds here all year around and are wild ducks. They eat pond insects, small tadpoles, tiny fish, grains and seeds.
The Black-bellied Whistling Ducks are the one with the gorgeous pink bill and feet. The Florida Mottled Ducks resemble their cousins the Mallard Ducks and the Black Ducks. In fact, there are many hybrid Mallard Mottles here. Florida tries to keep the population of wild Mallard Ducks very low to help prevent inter-breeding. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Double-crested Cormorants at the Freedom Pointe Lake
Wading birds, ducks, exotic geese, cormorants, and egrets were all spotted in The Villages, FL this past weekend. It was so fun to see five resident White Pelicans at the Nancy Lopez course. Those pelicans have now been here for the past three years and apparently do not migrate North with the hundreds of other White Pelicans that spend the Winter here.
Bird watching is such a pleasant hobby! I so enjoy sharing the views of the many different birds here in The Villages with you via this blog. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Great Blue Heron at the Freedom Pointe Lake
Great Egret at the Glenview Country Club decorative pond
Snowy Egret at the La Hacienda Golf Course Pond
Egyptian Geese at Nancy Lopez Driving Range Pond
White Pelican and Cormorants at the Nancy Lopez Driving Range Pond
Florida Mottled Ducks at the Nancy Lopez Driving Range Pond
This Cotton-tailed Rabbit visited on Monday at about twilight. Unfortunately I had to take the picture through the closed living room and lanai windows, each screened. I did not want to go out which would chase the bunny away. This was a very brief and pretty rare appearance of the rabbit. Please click on the image to see the slightly enlarged version. Enjoy!
Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo. Enjoy!