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A Gorgeous Tri-colored Heron

 

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This Trip-colored Heron was spotted on Thursday, February 9, 2017, at the pond beside the Walmart parking lot on CR 466 in The Villages, FL.  This small pond is where I have photographed many wading birds in the last year, as well as a couple of small alligators (no alligators yesterday).  There also were ducks, a grebe, and a glorious Little Blue Heron.  I will share additional pictures of those other birds in coming posts.

This Trip-colored Heron flew in and was wading very close to where I was observing from the shoreline.  The bird was oblivious to my presence for about a minute and then I slowly backed away.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

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A Tri-colored Heron

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This Tri-color Heron lives along the shore of a small park lake a couple of  blocks behind the Sharon Morse auditorium near The Villages.  I usually see American Ibises and sometimes a Great Egret, Anhinga, or Wood Storks there at that lake.  That little lake also is inhabited by one or more Alligators!  Occasionally there are also various ducks around the shore too.

The Tri-color Heron is a medium-sized heron.  The Tri-color Heron eats fish, aquatic snails, tadpoles, frogs, small turtles, aquatic worms, larger insects, and occasionally, duck eggs or newly hatched ducklings.  Once in awhile, this heron will go hunting on shore and will catch small lizards, mice, snakes, and even land insects but mostly it enjoys aquatic foods.  I took these pictures on Dec. 3, 2015.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!  Wishing all who celebrate, a happy Hanukkah!

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Waterfowl, Wading Birds, and a Friend

Limpkin

Limpkin

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

American White Ibises and a resting Wood Stork

American White Ibises and a resting Wood Stork

There have been a tremendous number of water birds, and wading birds here in my area in the last week.  I have seen several hundred Hooded Merganser ducks, about twenty-two or more Wood Storks, ten or so Great Blue Herons, probably thirty Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets,  Anhingas, Common Cormorants, White Pelicans (sorry no pictures as they left before I returned with the camera), a Tri-color Heron, hundreds of American White Ibises, a pair of Sandhill Cranes, Canada, Egyptian and Chinese Geese, Pied-billed Grebes,  Common Coots, and a Limpkin!

Such fun to watch all this action on a daily basis.  I took these pictures here in Sumter and Lake Counties in The Villages, Florida, in the past week.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Grey Squirrel

Grey Squirrel

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

 

 

Osprey

Osprey

Wood Stork

Wood Stork

 

 

 

Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets

Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

Water Birds on Wednesday

Pekin Duck

Pekin Duck

A Wood Stork; American White Ibises; Pekin Ducks; Florida Mottled Ducks, an Eastern Blue Jay (what?  He is not a water bird!); Egyptian Geese, and a  Tri-color Heron were all spotted on Monday night at twilight at a small lake behind the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center parking lot (Spanish Springs Square area), The Villages, Lake County, Florida.

Yes, one of the cute white Pekin Ducks does appear to have some sort of small cyst or tumor on its head.  The ducks, geese, and Ibises all are quite adept at begging for tourist treats along the parking lot.  Unfortunately, the Wood Storks are picking up on the begging routine (in their own quiet way).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

American White Ibises, Wood Stork

American White Ibises, Wood Stork

American White Ibis

American White Ibis

Eastern Blue Jay

Eastern Blue Jay

 

Pekin Ducks, Hybrid Florida Mottled Ducks (AKA The beggars!)

Pekin Ducks, Hybrid Florida Mottled Ducks (AKA The beggars!)

Tri-color Heron

Tri-color Heron

Egyptian Goose

Egyptian Geese

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