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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

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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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Visiting Big Birds on the Lake: Sandhill Cranes

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Flocks of Sandhill Cranes, White Pelicans and Wood Storks have recently visited our little neighborhood park lake (Paradise Lake) here in The Villages, FL.  Because we have had so little rainfall, the lake has rapidly been shrinking and the fishing seems to be the big draw for the migratory wading and water birds!

It was quite funny for me yesterday to shoot a round of archery here, while a large group of White Pelicans flew right over the lake-side archery range!  A most pleasant distraction for sure.

I drive past Swartz Park on my way home from my daily archery practice so I get to notice when there are large gatherings of the wading or water birds on the lake.  I took these pictures on December 21, and Dec. 22, 2016.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!  I want to wish all a Merry Christmas!  I will continue the second part of this three part series on Monday.

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The Sandhill Cranes Visit

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Six Sandhill Cranes were spotted on the shores of our little neighborhood park lake, Paradise Lake, on Sunday, December 11, 2016.  Two were near Swartz Park and four were on the far shore across from Paradise Park.

I think I witnessed a courtship dance but that is uncertain.  All of the sudden two of the four cranes started flapping their wings, bowing down a little and then each hopped several times. I think it was hubba-hubba I am great or maybe aggression?  Who knows?  I have never seen this behavior in person.  These are likely not resident Florida cranes.  I believe these are Winter visitors and may be on the way further South.  Again, who can tell?  Perhaps these beautiful big birds will remain in The Villages for the Winter season.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version.  By the way, in one picture, there is a Great Blue Heron standing very close to a Sandhill Crane.   The crane is the one with the red marking on its forehead.  Enjoy!

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