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Some Favorites

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks at Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, FL

I have selected favorite photographs I have taken in Florida in the last three years to share here today.  I tend to love Wood Storks, all the different woodpeckers, assorted ducks, and the various herons and egret,s the best!  I hope you will like seeing these old favorites!

Wood Stork in The Villages, FL

A Little Blue Heron in The Villages, FL

A Green Heron in Dunellon, FL

 

 

A Great Egret in Breeding Plumage, The Villages,

Snowy Egret, The Villages, FL

A Pileated Woodpecker, Ocala, FL

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Great Egret and The Snowy Egret

Great Egret at right, Snowy Egret at left

Great Egret at right, Snowy Egret at left

Great Egrets are among the larger of the wading birds, while the Snowy Egret is a much smaller wading bird at about half the size of the Great Egret.  The Great Egret has a bright yellow bill and black legs while the Snowy Egret has bright yellow feet, greenish-black coloring in the legs and a black bill.  Both of these egrets are wading birds that eat fish, frogs, small tender turtles, aquatic snails and large aquatic insects and worms.  The Great Egret also will eat shore-side mice, lizards, small snakes and larger insects.

Both of these birds are very beautiful big white birds!  The Snowy Egret has stunningly beautiful plumage in breeding season, and is a real treat to see then.  I took the picture in The Villages, FL on a local lake a few weeks ago.  You really can see the difference in the size of both birds!  Here in The Villages, in central Florida, we often have Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, and the flocking Cattle Egrets.  Only on occasion does one see the much rarer Reddish Egret (which closely resembles a lighter Little Blue Heron).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Great Egrets, Snowy Egret, Wood Storks

Great Egrets, Snowy Egret, Wood Storks

Water Birds, Waders, and Waterfowl

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Water is all around us here in lovely Florida!  I live in a county with many ponds and lakes.  Our community has many man-made park lakes and ponds.  Here are some of the beautiful big birds that visit the shores of these community lakes here in The Villages, Florida.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo.  Enjoy.

Note:  We will be having a hurricane (tropical cyclone or typhoon as it is called elsewhere) come by our state on Friday.  I live right in the center of the peninsula about 60 miles from the coastline.  If the weather is not terrible and we have power I will post as normal on Friday.  If not, well, there is a great reason.  I will let you know what happens around here (I do not expect it to be bad at all).

Wood Stork

Wood Stork

Anhinga

Anhinga

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Happy Independence Day!

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Our National Bird, The Bald Eagle

Here are some pictures that you may enjoy!  Hooray for the Red, the White, and the Blue!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!  Have a safe and wonderful Independence Day!

Male Northern Cardinal

Male Northern Cardinal

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Eastern Blue Jay

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Snowy Egret

 

 

A Gorgeous Snowy Egret at Lake Mira Mar in The Villages, FL

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This Snowy Egret was spotted on June 7, 2016.  The pretty, medium-sized wading bird, was fishing for frogs, small fish, or insects, at a man-made stream in The Villages, FL just off the Spanish Springs town square area.  The little stream runs behind the Sharon auditorium and empties into Lake Mira Mar.

I shot these pictures in the early evening and there was a young Tri-colored Heron only a few feet away.  I was standing on a little bridge over the stream to take the pictures.  Each bird was on a different side just near the bridge.  I tried hard to be still and quiet so I would not disturb the birds.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

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More Wildlife Sightings at the Walmart Pond

It really is a little one - American Alligator

Juvenile Alligator, Early March 2016

The area where this Walmart shopping center is located on CR 466 is generally called the “Buffalo Ridge” area near The Villages, FL. It is across the highway from the charter schools.   There are two small ponds at the right side of the shopping area and I often visit these bodies of water to spot a variety of wildlife.  By the way, the juvenile Alligator is now about four feet long!  Alligators grow quickly and especially so when there is a lot of food in their environment.

I often see Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Great Blue Herons, a Little Blue Heron, Anhingas, Coots, Moorhens, and various ducks in the two ponds.  This also is where I saw that big flock of Cattle Egrets a few weeks ago.  The larger of the two ponds is directly at the side of the Walmart parking lot.  That larger pond often has more going on as far as bird life.  Always fun to see which big birds are around!  By the way, I love love love, the pizza at NYPD Pizza, which is at the shoreline of the smaller of the two ponds!  No, they have not given me any consideration for this unofficial review!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

The Larger of the Two Ponds

Male Red-winged Blackbird

Male Red-winged Blackbird

Anhinga

Anhinga

 

 

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Double Crested Cormorant

Double Crested Cormorant

Juvenile Alligator, April 9, 2016

Juvenile Alligator, April 9, 2016

 

 

 

Fabulous Waders in Breeding Plumage!

Egrets, Heron, Canada Geese

Egrets, Heron, Canada Geese

Snowy Egrets

Snowy Egrets

Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egrets

Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egrets, Great Egret

Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, a Great Blue Heron, a “Great White Heron”, a Tri-colored Heron, a Little Blue Heron, some Canada Geese, and a few Double Crested Cormorants were all spotted yesterday afternoon at the quite more secluded end of our local park lake.

The Great White Heron is a subspecies of the more familiar Great Blue Heron and is mostly found here in Florida along the Gulf of Mexico coastline.

The difference between the Great Egret and the Great White Heron are slight.  The Great Egret has a bright yellow bill and yellow flesh near its eyes.  The Great White Heron has a greenish grey bill and green flesh near its eye.  Otherwise, both are very similar in size, plumage, and color.  The big waders are showing their breeding plumage which is very luxurious and full now.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Great Egret and Snow Egrets

Great Egret and Snow Egrets

Double Crested Cormorants

Double Crested Cormorants

 

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Great White Heron in Breeding Plumage

Great White Heron in Breeding Plumage

Great Egret in Breeding Plumage

Great Egret in Breeding Plumage

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