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Another Wordless Wednesday: Wood Stork

These pictures were taken this afternoon at Schwartz Park in The Villages, FL.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!


A Wood Stork Visits Lake Paradise in The Villages, FL

This charming Wood Stork was hanging out with the Canada Geese and Egyptian Geese on the shoreline of Lake Paradise in The Villages a few days ago in the early evening.  I have been occasionally seeing Wood Storks here recently but they are not common in the area.

The Wood Storks reportedly will fly up to 80 miles from their roosting nests to find food.  These birds nest in tall trees over shallow water in marshes and swamps.  The water under the nests prevents raccoons from eating the chicks or eggs when nests are occupied with young birds.  I have not seen any Wood Stork nests here in our area.  These birds have recently been on the endangered species lists so they are protected by law.

Wood Storks scoop up small fish, frogs, baby turtles, aquatic snails and some vegetation and seeds with their sturdy big bills.  They do best on natural food and should not be fed by visitors to the park lakes.  Wood Storks are pleasant quiet and in my opinion, charming, wild exotic birds.  They are a real treasure!  Please see the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

A Great Blue Heron on the Water-Level Gauge

This lovely Great Blue Heron was perched on the water-level gauge on the far arm at Boone Park, of the little Lake Paradise here in The Villages, FL.  I took the pictures on Wednesday evening at around 6:30pm on a soggy night.  I took the picture from our golf cart as it was lightly raining at the time.  I think these big birds are often not too disturbed by people as the lake is a residential and recreational one.  There are a lot of small homes and three parks on its shoreline.  By the way, this morning is a bright Sunny one so our rain is diminishing!

This bird was out with a single duck, and Anhinga, and a wonderful Wood Stork.  I think these birds were probably trying to get their evening meal in all the rain.  It is fun to see the Great Blue Herons here as those big wading birds have a lot of personality.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Wading Bird Wednesday: A Wood Stork on a Rainy Evening

I just took this photo of the Wood Stork about a half-hour ago at dusk on a very wet evening.  We have had a lot of rain and the lake is full.  The lake is being lowered to accommodate the extra rain we have been having.   I took the pictures at Lake Paradise in The Villages.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Wordless Wednesday: Great Blue Herons

I took these pictures at Lake Paradise in The Village in the last couple of days of two Great Blue Herons.  Please click on the thumbnail images to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Great Blue Herons in The Villages, FL

Great Blue Herons are commonly spotted on most lakes here in The Villages, FL.  Along with the Great Egrets and the White Ibis, the Great Blue Herons are fairly easy to spot on the shore.  I took these pictures recently of the Great Blue Herons at Paradise Park Lake and at the Freedom Pointe Lake.

These wading birds are still in the remnants of their breeding plumage but are nesting now and will soon molt or lose their breeding feathers.  The Great Blue Herons eat fish, frogs, crawfish, small alligators, small turtles, waterfowl eggs and babies, and occasionally small snakes and lizards on the immediate shore area.  The Great Blue Herons live mostly around fresh or brackish water ponds, lakes, rivers and marshes/swamps.  These herons nest in tall sturdy trees in large stick nests.  Sometimes, they will just rest on docks, piers, empty small boats, and yes, gazebo structures!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  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

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