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These Herons Are Handsome Wading Birds!

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron

Great Blue Herons, a Green Heron, Little Blue Heron, a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron, and a Tri-colored Heron are some of the most prominent Herons here in the United States.  I am happy to be able to see many of these birds here in Central Florida fairly often.  The Black-crowned Night Heron was spotted at Lake Apopka, and the others here in The Villages, FL.

These wading birds primarily eat fish, frogs, crayfish, aquatic snails, aquatic insects, salt water crabs, ducklings, bird eggs, and tender small turtles.  All are great at flying.

The herons walk along the shoreline of lakes, ponds, rivers, and even the ocean, and try to spear their prey for a meal.  The birds tend to feed early in the morning and from late afternoon into early evening hours. Herons tend to spend the day by themselves or in small numbers.  They roost in a larger flock in tall trees like Cypress, Pine and Oaks.   I love spending time outside observing the herons!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Great Blue Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Green Heron

 

Great Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Freedom Pointe Lake, Lake Paradise Birding

Mottled Ducks, Egyptian Geese, a Tri-colored Heron, an Anhinga, Great Blue Heron, and Great Egret were all spotted a few days ago on Freedom Pointe Lake and Paradise Lake in The Villages, FL.

The Great Blue Heron, Egyptian Geese, and Anhinga were all sitting on what I call “Pelican Point”.  That is the spot where a huge congregation of White Pelicans sits most of the Winter.

The Mottled Duck group was found on Lake Paradise near Boone Park, and the Trip-colored Heron was on the side pond next to Freedom Pointe Lake on Morse Blvd.

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  As ever, enjoy!

 

Herons at Lake Okahumpka County Park in Sumter County, FL

Little Blue Heron

Two Little Blue Herons and a gorgeous Tri-colored Heron were spotted on Sun. August 26, 2018, at one of the small arms of Lake Okahumpka in the Lake Okahumpka County Park near The Villages, Florida.

This county park is beautiful with fitness and hiking trails through the natural areas, a canoe and kayak launch, a Disc Golf course, picnic areas and pretty Florida scenery.  Admission is free and there seems to be good parking. The lake is very marshy, by the way.

The best time to visit the park now, is probably in the morning as we often have afternoon thunderstorms in Summer months.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Little Blue Heron in the smaller arm of the lake (pond like area)

Little Blue Heron at the Canoe/Kayak Launch Ramp

One of the Scenic Park Views

 

 

Tri-colored Heron at the Smaller Arm of the Lake

Little Blue Heron and Try-colored Heron perched on the Gazebo Structure

Tri-colored Heron and Little Blue Heron at the Gazebo Structure

Wordless Wednesday

Great Blue Heron

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Freshwater “Cooter” Turtle

Tri-colored Heron

Great Egret – Preening

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