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Ibis, Herons, and a Snowy

Tri-colored Heron

These White Ibis were laying down which I had never seen before.  Generally when resting, these wading birds perch in trees.  Amazing.  I suspect this behavior helps protect the birds during hurricanes as maybe they lay under shrubbery to stay out of the high winds.  Who knows?  The photographs were taken last weekend here in The Villages, FL.  I also spotted the Trio-colored-colored Heron and Great Blue Heron at Lake Mira-mar.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Great Blue Heron

White Ibis

Snowy Egret

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Great Blue Heron

A nice bunch of members of the heron family of wading birds was spotted in the past few days here in The Villages, Florida on Lake Mira-mar, Freedom Pointe Lake, and Lake Paradise.  Please click on the thumbnail images to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Tri-colored Heron

Little Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Beautiful Big White Birds!

Cattle Egret

Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Cattle Egrets, White Ibis and the grand Wood Storks are large white wading birds that have been here in The Villages in recent weeks.  The Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, and White Ibis are here all the time, but the Cattle Egrets are very occasional.  The Wood Storks come and go every few weeks it seems.  The other large white birds are the White Pelicans, which are here in the Winter and early Spring, the white phase of the Little Blue Heron, and the white Great Blue Herons.

The only ones of these listed that really are not truly wading birds, are the Cattle Egrets which prefer being in cattle or horse pastures along with the livestock.  All of these birds are great flyers and the Wood Storks have been known for flying quite a long ways to find food.  I believe many of the Ibis and egrets are now roosting on Lake Mira-mar near the Veteran’s Memorial Park end of the little lake (having probably moved from the now abandoned roosts on Morse Blvd. near Rio Grande).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.

White Ibis

Wood Stork

Great Egret

Big White Birds!

White Pelicans on Lake Paradise this past Spring

The Wood Storks, Great Egrets, White Ibis, Cattle Egrets, White Pelicans, and Snowy Egrets are all large white-colored wading birds/water birds .  I did not add in the various white geese, swans, or ducks because I seldom see these birds here in The Villages, FL.

By the way, I saw three very placid Wood Storks on the parking lot next to Lake Mira-mar last night at dinner time.  Unusual to see more than two at a time but yes, that area is a hot spot for big bird hand-outs (not good for people to feed these exotic birds).  We continue to have intermittent rain showers and thunderstorms here so I have not been out to bird watch with the camera in a few days.  Hope to be out and about soon!  I will post what new pictures I do take in coming days.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

White Ibis at the Shoreline of Freedom Pointe Lake

Great Egret at Paradise Lake

Cattle Egret at Freedom Pointe Pond Meadow

 

Snowy Egret at El Lago Santiago

Wood Stork in Flight at Lake Paradise

Great Egrets and Sandhill Crane on Lake Paradise this last Spring

Big Birds at the El Santiago Pond in The Villages, FL

Bald Eagles, Osprey, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Wood Storks, Anhingas, Little Blue Herons, Trio-colored Herons, White Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Double-crested Cormorants, Sandhill Cranes, Mottled Ducks, Muscovy Ducks, Mallard Ducks and Black-bellied Whistling Ducks all have been spotted at the lovely pond at the El Santiago Golf Course in The Villages, Fl this year.

I often can spot several larger birds here and am usually rewarded with good sightings.  There is easy access to the pond from Enrique Drive or the recreation center’s parking lot.  By the way, the Bald Eagles sometimes perch on the electric line towers both on the golf course and just down the street.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

Water Birds

White Ibis at Lake Mira-mar

I spotted these water birds last weekend in The Villages, Fl at Lake Mira-mar at Spanish Springs, and the lovely little golf course pond at El Santiago Golf Course on Enrique Drive.  Both spots are places I often can spot a few (or more) water birds and wading birds such as White Ibis, Sandhill Cranes, Snowy Egrets, and Anhingas.  The golf course was being worked on and golf was not happening while I was there.

By the way, I occasionally spot Wood Storks and Bald Eagles at the area around the El Santiago golf course pond.  It is a pleasure to visit the pond on Enrique Drive and try to see if there are eagles or storks around.  The eagles are sometimes spotted up on the electric line towers there at the course, and about a block or two down the street.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Sandhill Cranes at the El Santiago Golf Course near the pond

A Snowy Egret hunts in the pond-side grass at the El Santiago Golf Course Pond

An Anhinga Dries off at the El Santiago Golf Course Pond

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