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Juvenile & Adult Little Blue Herons

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Adult Little Blue Heron

 

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

The juvenile Little Blue Heron is all white until nearly an adult.  Once and adult, the bird has purple-blue feathers, a grey-blue bill, and yellow-green legs and feet.  These are called herons but are actually members of the egret family of wading birds.

Juvenile Little Blue Herons closely resemble the Snowy Egret, but the difference is in the color of the bill and a lack of yellow just above the bill.  Snowy Egrets have a black bill.  Snowy Egrets also have mustard yellow-colored feet.  I took these photos here in The Villages, FL.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

 

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Snowy Egret

Adult Little Blue Heron

 

 

Older Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Snowy Egret

Adult Little Blue Heron

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

For this “Almost wordless Wednesday”, I am showing a few  photographs of wildlife and scenic views around some of the natural areas here in The Villages, FL.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo.  Enjoy!  Wishing all who celebrate, a most pleasant Thanksgiving.  I am grateful for my blog friends who have been so kind over the nearly decade this blog has been on the Internet.  Many thanks!

 

 

Fenney Springs

 

The Villages, Florida, has some spectacular and unexpected wildlife!  River Otters, small Alligators, Great Blue Herons, freshwater turtles, Anhingas a Grey Squirrel, and a King Bird were all spotted at the scenic boardwalk area of Fenney Springs in the newer Southern section of The Villages, FL yesterday, 11/24/19.

So wonderful seeing all this while walking along a quarter-mile stretch of boardwalk above the actual springs.  This park with nature preserve, is adjacent to the Fenney Recreation Center in the area near Wildwood, Florida in The Villages.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

 

Tri-Colored Herons

Tri-Colored Heron was recently seen at a small pond here in The Villages, FL.  These medium-sized wading birds actually are members of the egret family and are lovely.   Tri-Colored Herons have a steel-blue color with cream and rust on the chest and neck and greenish yellow legs and feet.  These birds eat fish, frogs, small turtles, aquatic snails, crayfish, baby alligators, and larger aquatic insects.

The Tri-Colored Herons are excellent flyers but usually fly short distances by themselves or in very small groups.  They mostly flock up when flying long distances.  They roost in tall trees that are close to ponds, lakes, marshes or rivers.  I especially enjoy spotting the Tri-colored Herons here.   Tri-Colored Herons are not often seen around the local community except during the breeding season in Winter.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photograph.

Happy Veteran’s Day!

Southern Bald Eagles are pairing up and sizing up the various electric high tension line tower here in The Villages, FL these days.  This pair were on the tower in the center of the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course along the multi-modal path.  I took these pictures at various times last couple of weeks and once earlier in the Spring (blue sky).

Whenever I see a Bald Eagle, I always think of how grateful I am to all of our wonderful service Veterans! Thank you for your service if you are a Veteran!   Wishing everyone a very happy Veteran’s Day!

A Small Flock of Ibis

Both adult Glossy Ibis and juvenile White Ibis were spotted with a few small Plover shore birds at a small rainfall retention pond in the Souliere Villas in The Villages, FL in Marion County.  There are two of these ponds adjacent to each other and both have been nearly empty now for a few weeks.  The marshy low water is attracting Little Blue Herons, Plovers, Glossy and White Ibis, Great Egrets, and a few Kildeer and Yellowlegs.  Great fun to get out in the golf cart and see these wonderful birds from the street!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Ibis, Herons, and ‘Gators

Alligators are fairly common here in Florida. Recently, I spotted Alligators in two places – a very small one in the shallows of Cherry Lake at Live Oaks Park in The Villages and an adult at what is known as “Fishing Pond” here in The Villages on Morse Blvd.

I also saw a small flock of White Ibis and a Little Blue Heron there at the Fishing Pond next to that ‘gator.  Additionally, I usually see a Great Blue Heron at Freedom Pointe Lake.  I was not disappointed.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

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