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Sandhill Cranes at Twilight

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!

A Flock of Florida Sandhill Cranes

This flock of about eleven Sandhill Cranes visited the rapidly drying-up beautiful little Paradise Lake in The Villages, Florida on Monday, April 3, 2017 at dusk.  I think the feeding was great for the big birds!  There were a lot of aquatic plants exposed as well as easily caught minnows, tadpoles, small fish, frogs, and the like.

I think these birds were doing courtship dances as several were hopping and flapping their wings.  They also were vocalizing in a low soft manner.  It also was pretty humorous to see a Great Blue Heron fly over near where the cranes were at and see the reaction of both kinds of birds.  After just a moment of being harassed by the cranes, the heron flew to another area of the lake were the other birds were tiny ones!  Ha!

I believe this group is just visiting but may be from the region.  We have both migratory and native Sandhill Cranes here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!  P.S.  It rained on Tuesday – a nice good soaker!  – Wildlifewatcher

 

Wiechens Preserve, Part 2

 

Tri-color Heron

Tri-color Heron

Tri-color Heron

Tri-color Heron

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes, Common Moorhens, and a gorgeous Little Blue Heron were spotted the other day at the scenic Sharon Wiechens Preserve in The Villages, Florida.  All were feeding as it was late in the afternoon while we visited.

This nice preserve is on the shore of a medium-sized lake and has been open about a year or so now.  I am amazed at the numbers of birds seen in a small area and all are wild!  The preserve has a concrete walkway, a two-floor wood observation tower deck and a wooden pier walkway that juts out into the lake quite a way and then returns in a half rectangle toward the shore.  Lots of opportunities to see ducks, moorhens, coots and the occasional egrets, herons, ibis, and Bald Eagle (eagle up on the far electric tower).

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Little Blue Heron and Common Moorhen

Little Blue Heron and Common Moorhen

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

 

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Common Moorhen

Common Moorhen

 

 

A Visit to Sharon Weichens Preserve

Tri-color Heron

Tri-color Heron

Four Glossy Ibis, a Bald Eagle, a pair of Sandhill Cranes, a Great Egret, a beautiful Tribute-colored Heron,  Sherman’s Fox Squirrels, a Grey Squirrel, Common Moorhens, and a Little Blue Heron were all spotted at the wonderful Sharon Weichens Nature Preserve here in The Villages, Florida yesterday afternoon.

It had rained (thankfully) earlier in the day so the birds were out in force gobbling up many food items that had washed into the medium-sized lake at this beautiful preserve.  I do not think I have ever spotted so many different types of birds and animals while there at the preserve.  We were there at about 3:30 in the afternoon.

That Bald Eagle looks like it is starting a nest up on the high tension line tower.  I was a long way away from the eagle and was happy I had the long lens.   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  P.S. I will post more pictures I took today in a future post.

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Grey Squirrel with a nut

Grey Squirrel with a nut

Sherman's Fox Squirrel

Sherman’s Fox Squirrel

 

 

Southern Bald Eagle

Southern Bald Eagle

Great Egret

Great Egret

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Wordless Friday: Flight

Seagulls

Seagulls

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Wood Stork

Wood Stork

Osprey

Osprey

 

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

White Pelican

White Pelican

 

 

 

Sandhill Cranes Part 2

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The Sandhill Cranes suddenly appeared on Saturday night at twilight (12/14/17) at the little neighborhood Lake Paradise here in The Villages, Florida.  I took these pictures at Swartz Park.  There were twenty-one Sandhill Cranes in all.  The Sandhill Cranes are enjoying the low water levels which make hunting for aquatic insects, small fish, crustaceans, and even aquatic plants, very easy.  I believe these are migrating birds.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!dsc_2675-1

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Sandhill Cranes Part 1 of 2

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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!

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