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A Pied-billed Grebe Visits the Pond

A cute Pied-billed Grebe was spotted at the golf course pond behind the Mark Twain Library here in The Villages, FL on Sunday afternoon.  The small water bird is a frequent Winter visitor to our area.  This bird dives for aquatic snails, small fish, tiny frogs, tadpoles, tender small crayfish, and aquatic worms.

I rarely see flocks of these birds but generally do see one or two at a time.  These are at home on ponds  lakes and slower flowing rivers.  The Pied-billed Grebe is named for the banded, short, chicken-like bill the bird has.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

Duck, Duck, Coot!

Hen Lesser Scaup Duck

Hen Lesser Scaup Duck

What?  You thought I was going to say “Goose!”?  I spotted the pretty Lesser Scaup ducks along with the Common Coot at a local small park lake.  These cute ducks are pretty used to being around visitors so I was able to get pretty close to a lot of them.

I took the pictures yesterday, Jan. 31, 2016,  late in the afternoon.  It was a cool, cloudy day here, but the good news is that it is warming up a bit.  I am glad.  Not that Florida’s weather is anything to really complain about!  Please click on the thumbnail images to see the larger version of that photo.  Enjoy!

Drake Lesser Scaup Duck

Drake Lesser Scaup Duck

Drake Lesser Scaup and Common Coot

Drake Lesser Scaup and Common Coot

A Pair of Lesser Scaup Ducks

A Pair of Lesser Scaup Ducks

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