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Bald Eagles for Memorial Day

In memory of those who died in the service of the country.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.

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Wordless Wednesday: White and Glossy Ibises

Adult White Ibis

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Adult White Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Juvenile and Adult White Ibis

Great Blue Herons

Great Blue Herons are now beginning to raise young and are molting (losing breeding feathers) so they are mostly on their nests unless hunting for a meal.  They wade in shallow water in the early morning and late afternoon to catch fish, frogs, ducklings, shoreline snakes, lizards, and nearly anything else they can catch to eat.

We have a year-around population of Great Blue Herons here in The Villages, Florida.  These birds nest in colonies way up in sturdy Oaks and Pines near ponds or lakes.  Many are now proud parents and will be raising chicks for several more weeks.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Male Red-Winged Black Birds

Red Winged Black Birds are commonly seen here in freshwater marshes such as the one at the lovely Sharon Wiechens Nature Preserve in The Villages, Florida.  These smaller birds flit from reed to reed and flower to flower in search of tasty insects for their meal.  The males are black with the gold and red bars on their wings.  The females are a streaky brown color.  The males have a buzzy call which is pretty distinctive.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

A Snowy Egret on a Windy Day

This Snowy Egret was spotted on the shoreline of the Freedom Pointe Lake here in The Villages, Florida, while I was riding down the multi-modal path in the golf cart.  This lake often has egrets, herons, ibis or ducks on the shore in this particular area.  This bird was actively hunting for its meal of fish or frogs.  The egret walks along in the shallows looking for its prey.  These are very good hunters!  Beautiful, too.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Not so Soon About the White Pelicans?

White Pelicans apparently have decided to stick around here in The Villages in limited numbers.  I noticed about eight of the big white beauties a few days ago on the pond called “Golf View Lake” near Paradise Park, and probably the same group, at Lake Paradise the next day.  I had also spotted a small number of the pelicans on a different pond at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course (not the driving range pond).

So, I may have been premature about declaring that the pelicans had migrated North.  We will see if these few stay here in The Villages over the Winter as some did last season.  Who knows?  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bird Watching at Dusk

Whistling Ducks, a Glossy Ibis, and Mallard Ducks

Newly hatched Canada goslings, Snowy Egret, Great Egret, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Mallard Ducks, a Glossy Ibis, an Anhinga, and a tree full of Great Blue Herons were all spotted here in The Villages during the past two evenings at twilight.

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the very slightly larger version of the picture.  Wishing everyone who celebrates, a happy Passover, and a most happy Easter!

Great Egret and Anhinga

Great Egret Roosting

Newly Hatched Canada Goslings

 

Snowy Egret

Great Blue Heron Rookery

Great Blue Heron Rookery

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