Double-crested Cormorants are here for their Winter visit to The Villages, Florida. These birds are at home on and in the water, as well as roosting in the larger trees over-night. They are also excellent at flying from place to place. These water birds will be leaving our area in coming days and weeks to start migrating North. Cormorants often accompany White Pelicans or Great Egrets in their migration.
Cormorants eat fish, frogs, small turtles, baby alligators, and larger aquatic insects. The brown, rust. grey and black birds with orange bills, dive for their prey. The birds like Anhingas, spread their wings to dry them before flight.
Sometimes, the Double-crested Cormorants will assist the White Pelicans in hunting by circling the fish to gather them and then sharing the bounty. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
I visited the Apalachee Bay section of the St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge on May 20, 2015. I had a great time as we drove a few miles through marshlands to the coast. I spotted a few shorebirds, a couple of Turkey Vultures, a White-tailed Deer, a huge Fiddler Crab nursery area in the mud, and a domestic pet goat that was feeding in the tall grass along the highway in front of the home where it belongs. I sure enjoyed my all-to-brief visit! Wishing you a happy and safe holiday today. I am remembering the families and friends of lost service members in my thoughts and prayers.
Bald Eagles, a flock of American Robins, a female Downy Woodpecker, a flock of Common Coots, Brown Pelicans and a Snowy Egret were all spotted at the Guano River Wildlife Management Area and State Park on Florida’s A-1A coastal highway near Jacksonville. I visited this large marsh and hardwood forest on February 12, 2015. The front side of the park has a large lake and marsh, and several wonderful flat hiking trails that lead to the Wildlife Management Area.
The Wildlife Management Area is a place where hunting does take place at times so it is crucial to follow instructions given on prominent signs at the entrance gates. We were there when no hunting was happening. There are streams, beautiful jungle-like hardwood forests, marshes, and the large and small lakes. I really enjoyed the short hike we did while there. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Lower Suwannee Refuge
Juvenile Bald Eagle
Here are more photographs of wildlife I took near Cedar Key, FL, the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, and Levy County Road 326 (Eagle and Armadillo), on November 16, 2014. I really enjoyed visiting both places tremendously! By the way, the Armadillo was the first living Banded Armadillo I have ever seen. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
My husband, son, and I went on a day trip to Cedar Key, FL on the Gulf of Mexico yesterday. We saw a lot of wildlife! Here are just a few of the birds I saw. I will post more pictures in coming days. Cedar Key is a tiny island very close to the mainland (you get to it via a short bridge).
The Cedar Key area is teaming with wildlife. I saw a Bald Eagle, a pair of Osprey, two Wood Storks, several herons, egrets, and many other birds! I took these pictures at or very close to Cedar Key (West of Ocala) on November 16, 2014. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Shorebirds in flight
Female Boat-tailed Grackle
Today’s post features a number of photographs I took of White-eyed Ibises, both juveniles and adults, at the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Florida. I took these pictures from the roadway and from an observation tower.
Laughing Gulls and a Great Egret joined the Ibises at times and perhaps were interested in trying to grab the good food from them. There was a feeding frenzy going on with hundreds of wading and sea birds there in the lagoon. These birds were feeding on snails, and other small salt marsh aquatic creatures during the out-going tidal change. I took these pictures on Jan. 29, 2013. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!