This evening here in The Villages, FL, I took a bunch of photographs of various wading birds, water birds, and waterfowl at several small ponds and small lakes. We had a partial view of the Solar Eclipse yesterday but it only got a little dim; about like it would be at say, 6:00PM here (same as when I snapped these photographs tonight). Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Posts tagged ‘Snowy Egrets’
Wood Storks; a Great Blue Heron; Great Egrets; Snowy Egrets; Double-crested Cormorants; Pied-billed Grebes; a Little Blue Heron and a small flock of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks were all vying for a meal of tasty fish, tadpoles, frogs, small turtles; or larger aquatic insects in the lovely little Lake Paradise in The Villages, FL on Sunday, October 23, 2016.
This is quite an unusual sight to find so many varieties and numbers of wading birds all in one spot. Most of these birds are migrating and are just stopping over to rest in the small welcoming lake.
In these feeding frenzies, I have seen it be common for the herons, egrets, and storks to follow what is happening with the cormorants in the water. By the way, later in the day, I also saw a Tri-colored Heron at Swartz Park.
I took these pictures from Paradise Park and Swartz Park on the small private residential lake. Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
This gorgeous Snowy Egret was spotted at what I refer to as “The Walmart Pond”, a small pond on the side of the Buffalo Ridge Walmart parking lot off of CR 466 near The Villages, FL. I have often gone to this particular pond to watch the egrets, herons, gators and other wildlife there. I took these pictures back on April 9, 2016. It is one of my favorite hot-spots for spotting wading birds.
The Snowy Egret is in its breeding plumage. The Snowy Egret has a black bill, blackish green legs and mustard-yellow feet. It is a smaller egret but is slightly larger than the Cattle Egret. The Snowy Egret eats fish, frogs, tadpoles, aquatic snails, larger aquatic and near shoreline insects and worms. I am usually rewarded by seeing at least a few water birds, ducks, or the big waders. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
A gathering of Common Cormorants, Great and Snowy Egrets, White Pelicans, and Wood Storks, all in a small cove end of a large pond was an amazing sight to see! I spotted the groups of big birds in a pond connected by a large pipe to the small neighborhood lake here.
This pond is ringed only by homes and has no public access. I took the pictures from the street at a tiny park, a long way from where the birds were. I am thankful that my long 150-500 lens could get the pictures. this is a secret spot, where the birds can relax away from people for the most part. I took the pictures at dusk on Dec. 7, 2015. The pond has a large fountain going at full blast where the White Pelicans and many of the Common Cormorants were paddling slowly. I also saw to my great happiness, a couple of Bufflehead Ducks! They are my favorite ducks! Please click on the thumbnail images to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Snowy Egrets are shorter than the Great Egrets. The Snowy Egrets have a black bill, blackish green legs and mustard yellow ankles and feet. The Snowy Egrets have billowy white feathers during their courtship and breeding season.
The Snowy Egrets are very beautiful big wading birds! These birds eat fish, Crayfish, small turtles, frogs, aquatic snails, ducklings, duck eggs, and larger aquatic insects. On occasion, the Snowy Egrets will eat small shoreline animals such as mice, lizards, snakes and land insects. In one of the pictures I am showing today, the Snowy Egrets were with a Great Egret and some Common Cormorants, and in another shot, the Snowy is beside the Great Egret. I took these pictures at dusk last Friday, November 20, 2015 at local Lake County Florida park lake. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the very slightly larger image. Enjoy!