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A Snowy Egret on a Windy Day

This Snowy Egret was spotted on the shoreline of the Freedom Pointe Lake here in The Villages, Florida, while I was riding down the multi-modal path in the golf cart.  This lake often has egrets, herons, ibis or ducks on the shore in this particular area.  This bird was actively hunting for its meal of fish or frogs.  The egret walks along in the shallows looking for its prey.  These are very good hunters!  Beautiful, too.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

To and From the Sharon Rose Wiechens Preserve

A Glossy Ibis was spotted on the multi-modal trail heading South from CR 466 near Morse Blvd. here in The Villages, FL.  We eventually piloted our golf cart to the lovely Sharon Rose Wiechens nature preserve were we saw a Great Blue Heron, a Common Moorhen, a lovely male Red-winged Blackbird, and a Snowy Egret.

It was quite windy and we also had several sprinkles of rain during our quick visit to the preserve.  On the way home, we were happy to have spotted a Limpkin, which is a rarely seen bird here in The Villages, as well as a trio of freshwater turtles basking in the Sun to keep warm.

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

Limpkin

Freshwater Cooter Turtles

Snowy Egret

 

 

Great Blue Heron

Common Moorhen

Male Red-winged Blackbird

Bird Watching at Dusk

Whistling Ducks, a Glossy Ibis, and Mallard Ducks

Newly hatched Canada goslings, Snowy Egret, Great Egret, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Mallard Ducks, a Glossy Ibis, an Anhinga, and a tree full of Great Blue Herons were all spotted here in The Villages during the past two evenings at twilight.

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the very slightly larger version of the picture.  Wishing everyone who celebrates, a happy Passover, and a most happy Easter!

Great Egret and Anhinga

Great Egret Roosting

Newly Hatched Canada Goslings

 

Snowy Egret

Great Blue Heron Rookery

Great Blue Heron Rookery

A Snowy Egret, A Crane, An Alligator and More!

Snowy Egret

These birds, turtles, and the alligator were all spotted here in The Villages, FL on Sunday afternoon.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Sandhill Crane

Kildeer

Alligator

 

Cooter Turtles

Wood Stork, Double-crested Cormorants, Mallard Ducks

Double-crested Cormorants, White Pelicans

Egrets in Central Florida

Great Egret

Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets and Cattle Egrets are the three types of egrets that are commonly seen here in Central Florida.  The largest is the Great Egret.  The smallest is the Snowy Egret with the Cattle Egret being the chunky middle-sized one of the three.  There is a Reddish Egret that is rarely seen and I have only once gotten a photo of that egret.  That Reddish Egret looks like a magenta version of the Little Blue Heron.  The smaller herons are actually egrets so it is no wonder they all have similar characteristics.

The Great Egret is one that sometimes goes away from the water to forage in shrubbery for snakes and lizards, mice and larger insects to eat.  The Cattle Egret likes to walk around pastures where horses or cattle are present.  You also occasionally see Cattle Egrets at ponds and lakes where they will drink and occasionally hunt.  The Snowy Egret has yellow legs and feet and a slender black bill and is mostly seen on the shore or in shallow water of ponds and lakes and marshes.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Cattle Egret

Snowy Egret

Great Egret

Almost Wordless Wednesday!

An Anhinga hanging on for dear life in high winds

I took these photographs here in The Villages, FL, during this past weekend at the Freedom Pointe Lakes.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Snowy Egret

Wood Stork

Great and Snowy Egrets

River Wildlife: Pt. 4 of 4

 

 

Belted Kingfisher

Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets were in their gorgeous breeding plumage when I spotted them on the St. John’s River near Blue Springs State Park here in Florida on Valentine’s Day.  I also saw the Belted Kingfisher, Turkey Vultures, Anhingas and so much more!  A fabulous day of wildlife watching.  Today’s post concludes this series of posts concerning that wonderful short river cruise.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Turkey Vultures

Snowy Egret

Great Egret

White Egrets and Little Blue Herons

Little Blue Heron and Great Egret

 

A Little Blue Heron in its juvenile white phase, a Cattle Egret, a Snowy Egret, and a Great Egret are all egrets that to some degree are similar in looks.  The juvenile Little Blue Heron is white with greenish-yellow legs and a pale bluish-grey bill with a dark tip.

The Cattle Egret is a smaller white-colored egret but is stocky in build and has a rust-colored streak and yellow bill.  The Snowy Egret is also a small white egret, but it has black and yellow legs and feet with a mostly black bill.

The larger egret is the Great Egret which is white with black legs and a yellow bill. So here are the photographs which hopefully show these differences.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron

 

 

 

Great Egret and Snowy Egret

Great Egret

 

Cattle Egret

White Pelicans That Did Not Migrate

These two White Pelicans are among a small number of their large flock that did not follow the flock back up North in late Spring this year.  Unusual.  I think the birds like the environment here in The Villages, Florida!

I spotted these two (most days there are four pelicans) at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course driving range pond (on the country club side this time).  I photographed the birds from the opposite shore while I also captured pictures of those Egyptian Geese I featured here a few days ago.  Yes, that is a Snowy Egret flying past one of the pelicans.

These pelicans eat fish and are usually in the company of Double-crested Cormorants.  I only spotted a single cormorant that day at the pond.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

 

 

A Snowy Egret

This beautiful Snowy Egret was spotted on the Chula Vista Executive Golf Course pond in The Villages, FL.  The egret was wading in the small shallow pond to fish for its meal of small fish, frogs, crayfish or smaller turtles.

Snowy Egrets are small, all white birds with a black bill, black legs, and bright yellow feet.  In breeding season which is late Winter and Spring, the birds have a glorious coat of long white plumage.

Most Snowy Egrets stay around the water until time to roost in a tall tree for the evening.  They do not usually hunt in shrubbery like their larger cousins the Great Egrets do. Snowy Egrets are fairly shy and don’t like being around people very much.  I usually see them by themselves or with one or two others but spread out on the shoreline. I always enjoy spotting these gorgeous birds!  Like many wading birds, it is easiest to spot the egrets in the early morning or very late afternoon hours.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

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