Last week I spotted several Sandhill Cranes here in The Villages, FL along pond shorelines at Morse Blvd. and CR 466 (near Live Oak Park) and at the Arnold Palmer Legends golf course also along CR 466 near Laurel Manor Recreation Center.
These are native Florida Sandhill Cranes. I think we have many breeding pairs and small family groups around the area. The Sandhill Cranes especially like the fringes of golf courses near the ponds. Plenty of food and water and most golfers don’t mind the presence of the cranes since the cranes mostly are hanging out on the fringes of the courses near fences or under the trees. It is always a big pleasure to see these large lovely birds! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
I spotted this pair of Sandhill Cranes standing next to the golf cart path on Sumter County Road 466 on the Arnold Palmer Legends golf course in The Villages, FL on Sunday night at about 5:30pm.
It is not too unusual to see Sandhill Cranes on the courses here in The Villages. They love browsing for grass, seeds, and insects. Of course the tender grass is easy on their feet and most of the courses have a pond for them to drink from. I think the Sandhill Cranes pictured are Florida natives. We have several breeding pairs in the area. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
These Sandhill Cranes were spotted in The Villages, FL on April 3, 2017 and also yesterday. I saw the big birds at both the Live Oak Park area near the pond North of the park on the East side, and also at Paradise Park. Both groups of the cranes were seen in the very early evening hours.
The flock at Paradise Park was quite near Swartz Park. This lake has two smaller parks and the large Paradise Park. The lake is ringed on three sides with homes and on the other side with the big park. The birds were there in search of their evening meal and probably to engage in courtship rituals. I saw a lot of jumping and flapping of wings. I am still getting to know my new-to-me camera which has a lot of adjustments I am not yet familiar with. I apparently had mis-set my speed and so most of the pictures of the Sandhill Cranes from Paradise Park were pretty blurry. Sad but true. I like the camera which is a hand-me-down from my husband. Much lighter to carry than the big 500mm zoom and older camera. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
This family of Sandhill Cranes is one I have photographed several times. The trio lives along the shore of a little park lake here in my community. I really enjoy seeing the three. The baby is getting really big! The poor juvenile does have that deformed foot which although hard to live with, seems manageable. I have often seen the bird stand on one foot. Wading birds, geese and ducks do stand on one foot at times to rest.
I photographed the cranes last night at about 8:00PM as the Sun was setting. The group is most often seen in the early morning or very late afternoon. I was at Boone Park when I took these pictures. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photograph. Enjoy!
A family of Sandhill Cranes was spotted at the residential shoreline of Paradise Lake in what is known as the “Historic side” of The Villages, Florida, near Paradise Park. This little family was browsing in the shallow water of the lake for some food. The cranes eat a variety of aquatic and land plants, and seeds. Sandhill Cranes also occasionally eat insects and small aquatic animals.
This is the first time I have seen any Sandhill Cranes in the area of Paradise Lake. Mostly there are White Ibis, Canada Geese, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Mallard Ducks, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets and the occasional Egyptian Geese, migratory ducks, Tri-color Herons, White Pelicans and Wood Storks. It was a pleasure to see the three Sandhill Cranes! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.
I spotted the cranes on May 13, 2016 from the tiny Swartz Park shore near the new picnic area, and again last evening at dusk at the beautiful little Boone Park at Kim and Silver Oaks. As ever, I hope you’ll enjoy viewing the pictures.
Crossing Kim Street in The Villages, Florida
Mother and Juvenile Sand Hill Crane at Boone Park, The Villages, FL
Father and Juvenile Sandhill Cranes at Boone Park, The Villages, FL