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Posts tagged ‘Wading Birds’

Various Water Birds Around the Community

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes; Great Egrets; Great Blue Herons; White Pelicans; Mallard Ducks; Canada Geese; and Anhingas have all been regularly spotted each Winter, here on our small ponds and lakes in The Villages, Florida.  It is always a treat to go out and do a bit of bird watching!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Great Egret

Canada Goose, Mallard Ducks, Great Egret

Great Blue Heron

 

 

White Pelicans

Anhinga

White Pelicans

Wordless Wednesday: Wood Storks

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Wild Wordless Wednesday!

White Ibis

I took these photos last week in The Villages, Florida.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo.  Enjoy!

Anhingas and a Snowy Egret

Wood Stork

Great Blue Heron

 

 

Great Blue Heron

 

Great Egret

Wood Stork

Great Egret

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

A Handsome Heron!

Great Blue Herons are now in their breeding finery.  I photographed one such heron on 12/26/19 at a natural pond area on the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course, in The Villages, FL, along the multi-modal path down the middle of the course.  What a lovely bird!  By the way, I have mentioned it before quite a while ago, but my real-life name is Linda Woody.  I am visiting other blogs a lot more and want to be clear about who I am.  I just like the moniker “wildlifewatcher” a lot.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

 

Wordless Wednesday: Herons

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

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Great Blue Heron

 

Great Blue Heron

 

Tri-colored Heron

Great Blue Heron

Adult Little Blue Heron

Various Birds & Waterfowl

White Pelicans at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course Driving Range Pond

There are photographs I recently took here in The Villages, FL.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Mottled Ducks at the Freedom Pointe Lakes

Wood Storks & White Pelicans at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Driving Range Pond

Great Blue Heron at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Pond

 

Turkey Vultures & Great Egrets at the Freedom Pointe Lakes

Crows at the  Freedom Pointe Lakes

Tai-Colored Heron, Mottled Ducks at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Driving Range Pond

Great Egrets in Yards and Landscaped Areas

Great Egrets are most often seen around ponds lakes rivers and marshes but occasionally they hunt in residential neighborhoods here in Florida and in other semi-tropical areas in the USA.  This is especially true here in The Villages, FL, where there are many small ponds and lakes located in residential areas (mostly golf ponds).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.   Enjoy!

A Suburban Pond

Palm Warbler

Little Blue Heron

Anhinga

 

These two small ponds are on CR-466 in The Villages next to and near the Walmart’s parking lot.  I took these pictures on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019.  That ‘Gator looks to be about 9’ long by the way.  I took the photographs from the opposite shore of this pond! I have taken pictures at this location several times in the last few years.

In addition to the Alligator, there were two Little Blue Herons, a Try-colored Heron, a Great Egret, a Pied-billed Grebe, and two Anhingas.  Pretty amazing to see all that wildlife so close to commercial enterprises and parking lots!

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

Pied-billed Grebe

Little Blue Heron

Great Egret

 

Tri-colored Heron

Anhinga

Alligator

Juvenile & Adult Little Blue Herons

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Adult Little Blue Heron

 

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

The juvenile Little Blue Heron is all white until nearly an adult.  Once and adult, the bird has purple-blue feathers, a grey-blue bill, and yellow-green legs and feet.  These are called herons but are actually members of the egret family of wading birds.

Juvenile Little Blue Herons closely resemble the Snowy Egret, but the difference is in the color of the bill and a lack of yellow just above the bill.  Snowy Egrets have a black bill.  Snowy Egrets also have mustard yellow-colored feet.  I took these photos here in The Villages, FL.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

 

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Snowy Egret

Adult Little Blue Heron

 

 

Older Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Snowy Egret

Adult Little Blue Heron

 

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