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A Snowy Egret on a Windy Day

This Snowy Egret was spotted on the shoreline of the Freedom Pointe Lake here in The Villages, Florida, while I was riding down the multi-modal path in the golf cart.  This lake often has egrets, herons, ibis or ducks on the shore in this particular area.  This bird was actively hunting for its meal of fish or frogs.  The egret walks along in the shallows looking for its prey.  These are very good hunters!  Beautiful, too.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

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An Unusual Roof Ornament!

This Great Egret was seen perched on the very top of a waterfront gazebo in Boone Park, The Villages, Florida, on Lake Paradise.  Yesterday, I took these pictures from the little parking area so as not to disturb the bird.  The weather has been very hot and rainy so I have not been bird watching much the last week.  The water level of the lake is quite high and fewer big birds have been seen (heat, wind and high water).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

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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The “Baby” Sandhill Crane is a Grown-up!

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This Sandhill Crane is the same juvenile I have photographed for just over the last three months now (I think it was March 16, 2015 when I first posted a picture of the chick with parents).  I spotted this crane at the same horse ranch pond in Northeastern Marion County where I often have photographed water birds.  I did not see the parents this time.  I wonder if the parents are on a nearby pasture or if they have left the juvenile for an extended time.

I do not know if the juvenile, which appears mostly fully grown at around fifteen weeks of age, can fly yet.  Sandhill Cranes are excellent at flying.  I believe the family was of the native Florida group of Sandhill Cranes.  I am not sure how much longer I will be seeing this wonderful crane here.  The crane likely will eventually seek a mate and possibly move on.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

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