These two Great Blue Herons were spotted on Saturday here in The Villages, FL at two different small ponds. The first Great Blue Heron was seen on the shoreline of a tiny almost dry pond near the Hacienda executive golf course here. There was a small thin stream of water almost like a creek flowing at the bottom of the basin. I think the heron was trying for a tasty lizard or snake or possibly a few tadpoles in a puddle. This bird was pretty close to the multi-modal golf cart path so I noticed the heron right away.
The other heron was fishing on the shore of a tiny park pond at the Silver Lake Community Center park a few blocks away from Lake Paradise. I did see the Great Blue Heron take a very short low flight to another spot where it probably felt the fish were headed. These park ponds mainly have smaller fish, frogs, and small turtles in them. I left before I was able to see the bird catch anything. Always fun to watch these Great Blue Herons! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Hooded Merganser Ducks
On Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, I spotted a small flock of Hooded Merganser ducks, a Great Egret, a Pied-billed Grebe and a Wood Stork with White Ibis at Lake Mira-mar in The Villages, FL. The ducks, egret and grebe were in the arm of the lake bordering the highway and the Veteran’s Memorial Park. The Wood Stork was in the parking lot area on the main body of the little pond-like lake. All were such fun to watch! I will be taking a break from blogging for the next couple of weeks and will be posting at my normal schedule when I begin blogging again. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Wood Stork with Ibis
While I was at Tuscawilla Park in Ocala on Jan. 15, 2015, I saw a lot more birds than just the Wood Storks. I was thrilled by seeing many American White Ibis, at least twenty American White Pelicans, a few Common Coots, a lot of Common Cormorants, and a Great Egret or two. Yes, I also saw about a hundred Black Bellied Whistling Ducks (I’ll save those pictures of Whistlers for another post). There also were several resident park ducks such as Muscovy Ducks and Pekin Ducks.
The sheer number of large birds at this older city park was amazing! I believe that there are (or were) many fish in the two ponds as the park has a catch and release fishing policy. Nearly all of these birds are migratory visitors to the park. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph. Enjoy!
White Ibis and Sea Gull (brown and white Ibis is a juvenile)
White Pelicans with a Common Cormorant
Great Egret and White Pelican
American White Ibis
Turtles are really interesting creatures. I spotted these smaller turtles basking on the bank of the small Koi pond at our local park. As a few people came close to the group, the turtles decided to head to the water. This was the first time I had seen a group of turtles at this pond.
I am not sure which kind of turtle these are. They may be Box Turtles or maybe Sliding Turtles. I think these reptiles are doing a great job of steering clear of the family of Great Blue Herons that share this scenic horticultural park. I took these pictures on April 10, 2014. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!