Egyptian Geese are apparently making a home for themselves here in the United States. I have occasionally spotted pairs or small groups of these African immigrant geese during the last couple of years.
I also recently saw a photo from Texas where a pair of Egyptian Geese were strolling around a golf course. I think that may have been the idea of bringing these geese here from Africa. The Egyptian Geese are lovely and seem to have an OK temperament. I took these pictures on Lake Paradise on May 9, 2017. I also earlier spotted Egyptian Geese at the lake behind Freedom Pointe in The Villages, where there were a family of these geese, but that was about two months back. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.
This Tri Colored Heron frequents the pond next to the Wal-Mart parking lot on CR 466 in Buffalo Ridge in The Villages, FL. I have probably photographed this bird before on a previous visit.
The Tri Colored Heron is a hunter of fish, frogs, small tender turtles, and also aquatic snails, worms, large insects, shoreline mice, lizards, and small snakes on shore. It spears the prey with its sharp stiff bill.
On this occasion, I saw the Tri Colored Heron, a few ducks including a lone drake Hooded Merganser, a Common Moorhen, and a pretty little Pied Billed Grebe. No alligators were spotted. I think the two small ‘gators I had seen a few months ago had been relocated. One thing I will add: If you do visit the pond, be aware that there are biting ants on the shore – I remembered and did not get any bites this last time there. In other words, watch not only for the ‘gators but for the ants! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Snowy Egrets are shorter than the Great Egrets. The Snowy Egrets have a black bill, blackish green legs and mustard yellow ankles and feet. The Snowy Egrets have billowy white feathers during their courtship and breeding season.
The Snowy Egrets are very beautiful big wading birds! These birds eat fish, Crayfish, small turtles, frogs, aquatic snails, ducklings, duck eggs, and larger aquatic insects. On occasion, the Snowy Egrets will eat small shoreline animals such as mice, lizards, snakes and land insects. In one of the pictures I am showing today, the Snowy Egrets were with a Great Egret and some Common Cormorants, and in another shot, the Snowy is beside the Great Egret. I took these pictures at dusk last Friday, November 20, 2015 at local Lake County Florida park lake. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the very slightly larger image. Enjoy!
Sandhill Cranes and Ducks
Great Blue Heron
My husband and I went to Paynes Prairie State Preserve, near Gainesville, Florida, and spent about an hour looking for birds on Saturday, January 31, 2015. We were at the Highway 441 Overlook. While there, I spotted many different large birds. The nice thing about this overlook, is that it is free. Sometimes there will be a lot to see, and other times, not so much, but it is a pleasant spot.
One of the birders I met, told me that a good spot to see Sand Hill Cranes in Gainesville, is the cattle yard of the University of Florida on Williston Road. We drove by the cattle yard but it was getting dark and the cranes were leaving for their roosts elsewhere. I plan to go back to that cattle yard during the daytime. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Little Blue Heron
Mourning Doves sure are nice to hear when they coo! I like having them around. I like seeing the Doves sitting on the electric wire or in a tree branch. I also don’t mind when the Doves stroll around in the grass near the house. Doves eat seeds and fruits. They are eager to get the Millet or Sunflower Seeds that are shaken down from the bird feeder whenever a larger bird lands on the feeder’s plastic tray. They also enjoy the seeds of native plants found in the yards. I took these pictures on several different days recently here in my yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. Enjoy!