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Wordless Wednesday: Double-crested Cormorants

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

 

White Pelicans at Local Ponds

 

White Pelicans are Winter visitors here in The Villages, FL.  In the Northern sections of the community, White Pelicans are mostly spotted at Freedom Pointe on El Camino Blvd. and at the lovely Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course on the driving range pond.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photograph.  Enjoy!

 

Wordless Wednesday: Wood Storks

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

Birds & Scenery, Juniper Springs Campground

The U.S. Forest Service “Juniper Springs Campground” is on Highway 40 in Marion County, FL, between Ocala and Daytona.  This public campground features junipers, pines, sweet gums, palms, and huge oaks.  There is a rustic display of an old spring-fed electric power generating mill in the campground.  This mill, like the campground, was built by the U.S. Conservation Corps during the 1930s.

This is a natural spring area which offers a several miles-long canoe and kayak run (rentals available) as well as a nice semi-natural swimming pool (no alligators!).  Because it was chilly we skipped the water-oriented sports.  I have included a few pictures of the stream that runs from the springs.

We did try to do a little bit of bird watching.  We saw several woodpeckers and sapsuckers and did see a nice male Common Grackle bird.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

Egrets, Cormorants, Canada Geese and Tri-colored Heron

Great Egret and Cormorants

Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Tri-colored Herons, Canada Geese, and Double-crested Cormorants, are here this Winter at many of our ponds and lakes in The Villages, FL.  Most of these birds are now in the beginning of their breeding season and the egrets will be developing long billowing plumage with which to attract their potential mate.

Egrets hunt by wading in shallow water to spear a small fish or frog with their sharp bill.  They also will occasionally root in the mud for aquatic worms and snails.  On land, the Great Egret sometimes hunts for mice, lizards and snakes in the landscaping around yards and parking lots.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Great Egret & Canada Geese

Great Egret

Snowy Egret, Tri-colored Heron

 

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Great Egret

Christmas Wishes

 

Merry Christmas from Central Florida!  Wishing you happy nature walks and bird watching in the coming new year!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Black Bellied “Whistlers”

 

Black Bellied Whistling Ducks make their home at several local ponds and lakes here in The Villages, Florida.  These lovely brown and tan ducks with pink bills and feet are seen waddling around the grassy banks feeding on worms, grubs, and seeds.  These ducks also feed on aquatic insects, smaller tadpoles and some aquatic snails.

The “Whistlers” are similar to the Mallards and Mottled Ducks in their feeding habits.  They tip their heads into the water to find food in the shallows and mud.  I really enjoy seeing the ducks and hearing their whistles – they do not quack.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

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