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Here are some shots of the Double Crested Cormorants.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Some Water Birds at Tuscawilla Park

Wood Storks

Wood Storks

Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, Florida has two medium-sized ponds that have a variety of water birds, and wading birds in and around them.  I was there at Tuscawilla Park on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 in the afternoon for about five minutes.  No, I did not see hundreds of birds as I have in past visits during the Winter months.  Many birds have gone elsewhere on their migratory journey.

I did see several Great Egrets, a couple of Wood Storks, Snowy Egrets, a lot of White Ibis, a lot of Common Cormorants, a few Wood Ducks, a few Muscovy Ducks and a Great Blue Heron.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Great Egret, Snowy Egrets, and Double Crested Cormorants

Great Egret, Snowy Egrets, and Double Crested Cormorants

Juvenile White Ibis

Juvenile White Ibis

Adult White Ibis

Adult White Ibis

Sandhill Cranes Part 2

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The Sandhill Cranes suddenly appeared on Saturday night at twilight (12/14/17) at the little neighborhood Lake Paradise here in The Villages, Florida.  I took these pictures at Swartz Park.  There were twenty-one Sandhill Cranes in all.  The Sandhill Cranes are enjoying the low water levels which make hunting for aquatic insects, small fish, crustaceans, and even aquatic plants, very easy.  I believe these are migrating birds.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!dsc_2675-1

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Songbird Sightings

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

A Northern Mockingbird, juvenile male Northern Cardinal, a sweet Morning Dove, and a Palm Warbler in the grass were all spotted along my street this last weekend.  Not much going on other than the big wading birds and ducks on the ever-shrinking local park lakes (I have seen a large number of Seagulls in recent days on the water).  It has been quite windy and cooler here.  We are also in a drought which is not helping matters.  Hopefully rain is in the forecast here in coming days.  Wishing everyone a very happy 2017!  Happy birding!

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove

Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler

A Southern Bald Eagle

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This Southern Bald Eagle is likely one I have photographed in this same spot a few times before.  I spotted the eagle on the top of a high tension electric line tower at the Santiago Recreation Center golf course in The Villages, FL.

The eagle was watching the goings-on at the golf course lake and the fairways of that same course, which the tower overlooks.  Bald Eagles love eating fish as well as Common Coots, ducklings and sometimes rodents such as mice rats and squirrels.  These Southern Bald Eagles are native eagles here in Florida and are slightly smaller than the typical Bald Eagle.

By the way, I tried to find those pelicans I had seen a few days ago but could not do so.  I did see about a hundred or more Double-crested Cormorants and about twenty Wood Storks.  Pictures will appear here in posts next week.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

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Manatee Springs State Park, Part 2

Manatee Spring

Manatee Spring

Belted Kingfisher on the Suwanee River

Belted Kingfisher on the Suwanee River

Double Crested Cormorants on the Suwanee River

Double Crested Cormorants on the Suwanee River

 

This lovely Florida State Park has a 72 degree F fresh water spring, is on the banks of the Suwanee River, has a wonderful campground, and walking trails with a children’s playground area.  I saw many deer, nine, I think.  I also saw four armadillos.  There were a few wading birds, and songbirds, but there were perhaps a hundred Turkey Vultures (with a few Black Vultures in the bunch).

Almost every large tree on the Suwanee River at the mouth of the Manatee Springs stream, had many vultures perched on it!  It is an amazing sight to see a seventy foot tall Cypress tree festooned with buzzards (another name for vultures).

This park is not a zoo and all the animals are wild.  I was surprised to see the animals so boldly walking around were people were.

I recommend visiting Manatee Springs State Park.  A lovely place with a lot to see in a small park.  It is about six miles from the small town of Chiefland where there are several stores and restaurants.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Black Vulture

Black Vulture

Probably an Eastern Phoebe

Probably an Eastern Phoebe

 

Pied-billed Grebe on the Suwanee River

Pied-billed Grebe on the Suwanee River

White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer

Juvenile Little Blue Heron at the Manatee Spring

Juvenile Little Blue Heron at the Manatee Spring

Halloween Birds (Just for fun)

What is under your dock? Hmm?

What is under your dock? Hmm?

Happy Halloween!  Here are some of my collection of rather strange pictures just for a bit of crazy fun!  You won’t see such a great picture of a headless bird here very often.  Ha!  Enjoy!

Lurking

Lurking

The Headless Heron

The Headless Heron

The Ghostly Singing Midnight Anhinga

The Ghostly Singing Midnight Anhinga

 

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