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Some of the More Unusual Birds That Have Visited Us

Limpkin

Roseate Spoonbills, Sandhill Cranes, Wood Storks, Limpkins, a Black Crowned Night Heron, Egyptian Geese, White-phase Little Blue Herons,  and Green Herons have all been photographed in freshwater marshes (sometimes referred to as “Prairies”), ponds, and small lakes here in or near The Villages, Florida.  I love seeing these birds!

The Roseate Spoonbill (only seen here once in the four years I have lived here, the Black-crowned and White Little Blue Heron have to be the most seldom seen here of all of the above mentioned wading birds.  The most common are the Wood Storks and Sandhill Cranes among the ones I am featuring today.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Egyptian Geese

White Phase Little Blue Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

 

 

Roseate Spoonbill with Great Egrets

 

Wood Storks

Green Heron

Sandhill Cranes

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Wordless Wednesday: Big Birds in The Villages, FL

Canada Goose at Lake Paradise

 

(Please click on each of the thumbnail images to see the slightly larger version of that photo.  Enjoy!)

Sandhill Crane on Hacienda Golf Course

 

White Pelicans at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course Driving Range Pond

Limpkin Eating an Apple Snail at Lake Mira-mar

River Wildlife, Part 1

River Otter

A River Otter; two Wild Turkeys; a Bald Eagle; about twenty Limpkins; Sandhill Cranes; Little Blue Herons; Great Blue Herons; Anhingas; Turkey and Black Vultures; Double-crested Cormorants;  a Black-crowned Night Heron; a Tri-Colored Heron; Snowy Egrets; Great Egrets; a Belted Kingfisher; Alligators; Turtles; Purple Gallinules; and Common Moorhens were all spotted during a two hour scenic boat cruise from the very beautiful Blue Springs State Park on the St. John’s River here in Florida yesterday morning.

The pontoon boat Captain drives slowly through backwater channels chock-full of wildlife!  I enthusiastically recommend this cruise!  Advance reservations are likely needed and tickets today cost $20.00 per adult plus a $6.00 per car state park day use admission fee.

Part 2 will be posted here on Monday.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Sandhill Crane on its nest

Great Blue Heron

Bald Eagle

 

Wild Turkeys

anhinga

Alligator

A Mixed Bird Monday

A resting Sandhill Crane

I spotted these birds last Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 at Lake Paradise, as well as on a golf course near Morse and CR 466, here in The Villages, FL.  Such fun to get out and watch the various types of birds we have around now.  The weather recently has been very windy rainy and cooler.  Hopefully I will find time to get out and take a bunch of new photographs to share here soon.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Canada Geese on Lake Paradise

A Double Crested Cormorant on Lake Paradise at Boone Park

Likely a Red-shouldered Hawk at Lake Paradise

Hot Weather Bird Watching

 

Sandhill Crane

Birds cool off by opening their beaks or bills to breathe cooler air into their system.  So on a hot day or evening if you see a bird panting, they are just trying to keep cool.  They also will often try to sit or perch in a shady spot or wade in a stream, pond or lake.  I took these photos last night at dusk here in The Villages, Florida. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Great Blue Heron

Snowy Egret

Mottled Ducks, White Ibis, Trio-colored Heron

 

Sandhill Crane

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Water Birds

White Ibis at Lake Mira-mar

I spotted these water birds last weekend in The Villages, Fl at Lake Mira-mar at Spanish Springs, and the lovely little golf course pond at El Santiago Golf Course on Enrique Drive.  Both spots are places I often can spot a few (or more) water birds and wading birds such as White Ibis, Sandhill Cranes, Snowy Egrets, and Anhingas.  The golf course was being worked on and golf was not happening while I was there.

By the way, I occasionally spot Wood Storks and Bald Eagles at the area around the El Santiago golf course pond.  It is a pleasure to visit the pond on Enrique Drive and try to see if there are eagles or storks around.  The eagles are sometimes spotted up on the electric line towers there at the course, and about a block or two down the street.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Sandhill Cranes at the El Santiago Golf Course near the pond

A Snowy Egret hunts in the pond-side grass at the El Santiago Golf Course Pond

An Anhinga Dries off at the El Santiago Golf Course Pond

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Water Birds

Osprey on Enrique Dr. near Golf Course

I took all of these pictures here in The Villages, FL during the past two weeks. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  By the way, the lakes here in The Villages are now full or nearly so!  Hooray!  Enjoy!

Sandhill Crane on CR 466 near Morse Blvd.

 

Anhinga at Freedom Pointe Lake

 

 

 

 

 

Black Bellied Whistling Ducks at Schwartz Park on Lake Paradise

White Ibis at Lake Mira-mar

Wood Stork at Lake Mira-mar

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