These Tri-color Herons were wading along the shore of a small lake in a local park area in The Villages, Florida. This lake is the temporary home of many wading birds of various kinds along with geese and ducks.
The Tri-color Herons are mostly grey with a thin, and slight, deep-reddish area along their neck and shoulders. They also have an ivory-colored area on their undersides with a yellow bill. These large wading birds eat fish, frogs, tadpoles, large aquatic snails, aquatic worms, insects, eggs, and occasionally, ducklings or other baby birds. I especially enjoy seeing the herons wading along and hunting. The herons use their bill to spear their prey. I took these pictures on August 27, 2015. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly later picture. Enjoy!
Juvenile Green Heron and Great Egret
Juvenile and Adult American White Ibis
Herons, Wood Storks, Anhingas, ibises, geese, egrets, and ducks all were hunting for their dinner at a small park lake in The Villages, Florida on August 27, 2015 in the early evening. This little lake is near a vibrant business and entertainment area as well as many residences. The lake is beloved and so are the birds!
Whenever I go to this lake, I am always rewarded with seeing many larger birds. It is fun to watch all the action. I suspect that as the Fall turns to Winter, more birds will flock to the general area. There are several small and medium-sized lakes in this community. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!
Egyptian Geese, American White Ibises
Tri-colored Heron, Anhinga
Juvenile Green Heron
This Tri-colored Heron was preening its feathers on a scorching Florida afternoon. I spotted the large wading bird on the shoreline of a small lake. This bird looked and acted hot. It also had rained quite a lot just before I arrived at the park where the lake is located. I took the pictures on two occasions spread by several minutes as I walked around the park and back.
There were several different ducks, a few cormorants, and a egret or two along the sandy shores of the lake. That is a pink fungus seen on the driftwood-like stump next to the heron. Everything seems bright and colorful here in Florida! I took the pictures on June 22, 2015. Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger view of the picture. Enjoy!
A lot of wildlife was spotted at the lovely La Chua Trail in Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park near Gainesville, FL, on March 12, 2015. I saw 14 large American Alligators just off the wide easy trail. One does have to be careful about the alligators but they were all in the water and off of the path while I was there (alligators do get close to the trail!). I photographed that Common Gallinule (below center) just a moment before one of the alligators snuck up on it and had it for dinner.
The trail is about 2 miles long and is flat with several shade areas with benches. There is a large overlook at the end but I did not get that far as it was a hot afternoon and I was pretty tired. I only did half of this beautiful trail. We paid a $4.00 parking/entry fee at the trail head parking lot. If you go, don’t forget a bottle of drinking water! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
This Tri-color Heron was fishing in the shallow marsh at the Lower Suwanee National Wildlife Refuge near Cedar Key, Florida while I visited that park a few weeks ago. I had a great time watching the big wading bird fish, even from a long distance. These birds are really neat to see!
These herons dine on fish, frogs, turtles, shrimp, some shellfish, small young birds, eggs and larger insects. The Lower Suwannee Wildlife Refuge is chock-full of wading birds and a number of birds of prey. It was quite an interesting quick afternoon visit and I am hoping to return. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Little Blue Herons
Tricolored Herons, Little Blue Herons and a Yellow-crowned Night Heron were among the gorgeous large birds that I saw last week at the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Florida.
These herons like this protected shallow Mangrove salt water marsh and lagoon. These herons eat shrimp, fish, and other smaller (largely aquatic) animals. I took these pictures on Jan. 29, 2014. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Yellow-crowned Night Heron