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!
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!
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!
Great Blue Heron
Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets
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 Ibis
Eastern Blue Jay
Pekin Ducks, Hybrid Florida Mottled Ducks (AKA The beggars!)