Great Blue Herons are now in their breeding finery. I photographed one such heron on 12/26/19 at a natural pond area on the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course, in The Villages, FL, along the multi-modal path down the middle of the course. What a lovely bird! By the way, I have mentioned it before quite a while ago, but my real-life name is Linda Woody. I am visiting other blogs a lot more and want to be clear about who I am. I just like the moniker “wildlifewatcher” a lot. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
This Little Blue Heron was spotted hunting in a very shallow rainfall water retention basin that was almost empty. This pond is in the Souliere Villas neighborhood in The Villages, FL.
We only occasionally see Little Blue Herons here. They are a wonderful member of the egret family and start out as white juveniles. They closely resemble Snowy Egrets but do not have bright mustard-yellow feet and do have a bluish bill when in their white plumage. They eat fish, frogs, small tender turtles, baby alligators, aquatic snails and larger aquatic insects. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.
White Ibis are sometimes seen as a small flock roaming around the neighborhoods here in The Villages, FL. They are harmless and eat worms, grubs and insects in the lawns and exposed flower bed soil. They fly off if disturbed by friendly dogs or even people walking by. I enjoy their brief visits here. Please click on the thumbnail image. Enjoy!
Please click on the thumbnail image. Enjoy!
Great Blue Heron
A flock of Cattle Egrets were spotted on the grassy banks of the ponds at the Souliere Villas in The Villages, Florida a few days ago. This area has recently been developed and there are still several open fields there. The area is also pretty close to small horse farms, too. Cattle Egrets are usually found near horse or cattle pastures as they dine on insects attracted by the livestock.
These are medium-sized white-colored egrets that have a distinctive mustard yellow streak on their back near the neck and head. They also have a yellow bill. This flock was lounging and roosting among the scrubby low trees on the edge of the two man-made water retention ponds. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Young Adult White Ibis
White Ibis have been occasionally strolling around the neighborhood looking for tasty bites in the lawns and gardens here. Our weather has been rainy with nearly daily thunderstorms happening in the afternoon hours. I have not been out and about much both due to the weather and my husband being ill.
I did go out yesterday to the neighborhood lake and saw a pair of Muscovy Ducks paddling around which is not a usual sight on our lake. I also saw a Great Egret in the distance on the far shoreline. Not much to report due to weather and nesting season underway for many of the birds, not to mention, molting going on for many birds. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!