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Best of Eight Years of this Blog

Wood Stork (The Villages, FL)

Happy New Year!  Wildlife watching has been a pleasure the past eight years!  I am celebrating an amazing eight years of writing and sharing my photography on this blog.  Thank you to my loyal and new readers.  The purpose of this blog has always been to share the magnificent wildlife around us via the pictures and descriptions I give here.

I so appreciate everyone who participates via the comments section and occasionally gives me photography pointers or help identifying a particular bird.  You have been with me from Crossville, TN (and Fairfield Glade) to Ocala, Florida and now to The Villages, Florida.

A happy eight years of birding and enjoying the views of nature and occasionally other kinds of animals!  So again, Happy New Year and happy wildlife watching, wherever you may be!  As ever, please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  These are a few of my favorite pictures over the last eight years!

Green Heron (Fairfield Glade, TN on Lake St. George)

Grizzly Bear (Yellowstone National Park)

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks (Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, FL)

 

 

Osprey (at the Dora Canal in FL)

Golden Marmot (Yellowstone National Park)

White Pelicans (Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, FL)

 

 

Canada Geese (at the little farm in Crossville, TN)

Roseate Spoonbill Birds (Sanibel Island, FL)

White-tailed Deer (at the little farm in Crossville, TN)

Sandhill Cranes

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This pair of Sand Hill Cranes was spotted a few weeks ago,  in Northwestern Marion County, Florida.  These Sand Hill Cranes are probably a migratory pair.  They mostly eat grains, grasses, and certain plants.  Many Sand Hill Cranes like being in the vicinity of lakes, ponds, or streams, and open, grassy, horse or cattle pastures.

These cranes were seen close to the horse ranch pond where I have taken several other pictures of wading birds and ducks at, and also close to where I had earlier spotted that Wild Turkey.  This roadway spot is a good bird watching area in late Fall and likely, early Winter months.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Mottled Ducks on a Cloudy Sunday

DSC_5570Mottled Ducks are Florida’s ducks.  I enjoy seeing these cousins of the popular Mallard Ducks.  This small flock was happily exploring one of the horse ranch ponds we have been watching in the Northwestern part of Marion County, Florida, near Ocala.  I have been seeing Anhinga, Great Egret, Sand Hill Crane, White Ibis, the Mottled Ducks, and a Great Blue Heron at this pond.  Quite an interesting place for birding.  I took these pictures on Sunday, November 9, 2014.

The Mottled Ducks are dabbling ducks and eat insects, and grains mostly.  They tip their heads into the water of ponds, lakes, rivers, and marshy areas, to try to find food or they forage on the shorelines.   I think they are interesting ducks and enjoy seeing them.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Happy Veteran’s Day.  A big thank you to all who have served in the military.

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