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Egrets, Cormorants, Canada Geese and Tri-colored Heron

Great Egret and Cormorants

Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Tri-colored Herons, Canada Geese, and Double-crested Cormorants, are here this Winter at many of our ponds and lakes in The Villages, FL.  Most of these birds are now in the beginning of their breeding season and the egrets will be developing long billowing plumage with which to attract their potential mate.

Egrets hunt by wading in shallow water to spear a small fish or frog with their sharp bill.  They also will occasionally root in the mud for aquatic worms and snails.  On land, the Great Egret sometimes hunts for mice, lizards and snakes in the landscaping around yards and parking lots.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Great Egret & Canada Geese

Great Egret

Snowy Egret, Tri-colored Heron

 

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Great Egret

Tri-Colored Herons

Tri-Colored Heron was recently seen at a small pond here in The Villages, FL.  These medium-sized wading birds actually are members of the egret family and are lovely.   Tri-Colored Herons have a steel-blue color with cream and rust on the chest and neck and greenish yellow legs and feet.  These birds eat fish, frogs, small turtles, aquatic snails, crayfish, baby alligators, and larger aquatic insects.

The Tri-Colored Herons are excellent flyers but usually fly short distances by themselves or in very small groups.  They mostly flock up when flying long distances.  They roost in tall trees that are close to ponds, lakes, marshes or rivers.  I especially enjoy spotting the Tri-colored Herons here.   Tri-Colored Herons are not often seen around the local community except during the breeding season in Winter.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photograph.

Tri-colored Herons

Here are a few photographs I have taken over the years of Tri-Colored Herons here in The Villages, Florida.  The Tri-colored Herons are not frequently seen here.  These birds are beautiful medium-sized herons with steel grey, orange, and cream coloring.

Tri-colored Herons eat aquatic snails, small fish, frogs, and smaller turtles with occasional ducklings, and larger aquatic insects.  I have always enjoyed seeing these Tri-Colored Herons!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see each photo slightly enlarged.  Enjoy!

 

Different Herons

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Herons, Little Blue Herons and Tri-color Herons are the most frequently seen herons here in The Villages, FL.  I am also including a shot of a Green Heron that I spotted in Fairfield Glade, Tennessee several years ago, and a Yellow-crowned Night Heron I saw in Belize this last December.  These large birds live around fresh water mostly and wade in the shallow water hunting for small fish, frogs, aquatic snails and larger insects.  Some of the herons are very colorful such as the Little Blue Heron.

I enjoy watching the birds stroll along the banks of the ponds or lakes and then seriously stare down their prey when on the hunt for their meal.  These birds use their sharp-pointed bill to stab catch their meal.  Herons usually roost in large trees were they build nests of sticks.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Little Blue Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Green Heron

 

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Great Blue Heron on nest

Little Blue Heron

Two Tri-colored Herons

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Tri-colored Herons were spotted on September 8, 2016 in The Villages, FL.  I was out and about and spotted the beautiful steel-blue-grey with cream and highlights of maroon red-colored wading birds at the beautiful little Lake Mira-mar, near the Spanish Springs Square.

The Tri-color Herons are medium-sized wading birds that fish by spearing their prey which is usually fish or frogs, with their sharp bill.  The Tri-color Herons wade in shallow waters of lakes, marshes, ponds, and rivers.   These herons roost (rest and sleep) and nest in the branches of trees, with Cypress often being a chosen tree species here in Florida.

I really enjoy birding in The Villages.  So much to see, as far as wildlife and nature,  within the development!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

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Wordless Wednesday: Wading Birds & Waterfowl

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

I took these pictures this past Saturday  during the early evening, at little Paradise Lake in The Villages, Florida.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

Florida Mottled Duck

Florida Mottled Duck

Egyptian Goose

Egyptian Goose

Egrets & Herons

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Tri-colored Herons all were spotted and photographed by me in the last two weeks here in The Villages, Florida.  We have a lot of small ponds, and lakes here where the waders visit and live.  I especially enjoy going to the parks and road-side ponds to snap pictures of the local water birds.  Such fun!

Most of these larger birds live year around here in the Sumter, Marion, and Lake Counties where The Villages is located (Yes it is a very huge development).  The development has set aside many wildlife areas here.  I so appreciate being able to go out and spot such a rich variety of wildlife in the community here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the

Great Egret

Great Egret

 

Great Egrets

Great Egrets

Great Egret in Breeding Plumage

Great Egret in Breeding Plumage

 

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron with Seagulls and Cormorant

Tri-colored Heron with Seagulls and Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

 

Tri-colored Herons

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There are a few Tri-colored Herons living around the small park lakes in my area now.  I am delighted to see these beautiful medium-sized herons.  These wading birds hunt for aquatic snails, small fish, larger aquatic insects, tadpoles (pollywogs), frogs, and tender smaller turtles.

The Tri-colored Herons live near the water, and enjoy life here in Central Florida, on lakes, and in marshlands.  I took these pictures in Lake County, Florida on July 23, 2015, and again on July 27, 2015.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of that image.  Enjoy!

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