Ornamental Waterfalls at Paradise Lake in The Villages, FL
The wildlife such as White Ibis, Great Blue Herons, Mottled Ducks, all are enjoying a much fuller Lake Paradise in The Villages, FL this week. I am thrilled that the little park lake is now full of water and the ornamental waterfalls are turned back on. Lots of beautiful local scenery.
This park lake has seen a huge variety of birds visit. The White Ibis, Great Blue Heron, Canada Geese, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Mottled Ducks, Mallard Ducks and Black-bellied Whistling Ducks are resident birds. We also get visits by White Pelicans, Bald Eagles, Osprey, Bufflehead Ducks, Coots, Hooded Mergansers, Egyptian Geese, Try-colored Herons, Sandhill Cranes, Wood Storks, Muscovy Ducks; Lesser Scaups, Yellowlegs, Kildeer, Anhingas, Double-belted Kingfishers, and occasionally a few other types of wild ducks such as Teal, Wood Ducks, White Pekin Ducks, and others. It is a really nifty spot to bird watch but the birds do come and go so one never knows how many varieties of birds one will see. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.
Great Egret and Tri-color Heron
This Great Blue Heron was spotted earlier tonight at Paradise Park in The Villages, FL. I first saw the bird at Swartz Park near the observation deck and then saw it fly into the area near the goose and duck nesting island (which is no longer an island since the water level has lowered significantly). The heron was trying hard for an evening meal. I sometimes see herons at this neighborhood park lake. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Sandhill Cranes arrived at the little neighborhood Paradise Lake here on Saturday night (12/14/17) at twilight. First I spotted two of the big birds and then the rest of the flock flew in. It was quite the sight! The lake is very low again so I think the Sandhill Cranes like the mudflat sandbars in the middle of the lake. I spotted twenty-one cranes at Swartz Park!
I believe this flock of Sandhill Cranes are migrating from up North. I think that we do have a few here that are native to Florida as well that may be among the bunch. One of the Sandhill Cranes is either a leucastic genetic mutation bird, or is a hybrid between the Whooping Crane and Sandhill Crane. That individual is a lot lighter in color than the other twenty cranes. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!