This Belted Kingfisher lives on Lake Paradise in The Villages, Florida. I have seen this bird at both Paradise Park (the opposite shore from the bird) and at Boone Park. I took these pictures last week.
The Belted Kingfisher eats fish, frogs, tender turtles, tadpoles and larger aquatic insects. It swoops down and spears its prey with its sharp long bill. This bird is quite shy. Belted Kingfishers live around salt or fresh water.
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Juvenile White Ibis
White Ibises and Great Egrets are among the many varieties of birds frequenting our shrinking small lakes here in The Villages, FL these days. The Great Egrets are sporting their magnificent breeding plumage now. Quite the beautiful sight! There are several juvenile White Ibises around, too. The youngsters have the brown color mixed in with the white. In a few months, they will turn white.
I took these pictures on Dec. 20, 2016 at Paradise Lake. We are in a drought and the little lake is rapidly drying up. The Boone Park area of the lake is mostly mud flats and Swartz Park is nearly so. The main part of the lake still has a lot of water so all is not dire. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version the picture. Enjoy. Wishing everyone a very happy New Year in 2017!
Adult White Ibis
Great Egret with empty Apple Snail shells on mud flat lake bottom
The White Pelicans with the accompanying Double Crested Cormorant flock has been here on the rapidly shrinking Lake Paradise in The Villages, FL, for several days. We are in a slight drought which is why the smaller lakes are drying up. I spotted the big birds flying-in at the lake on Dec. 22, 2016. The lake is drying up so there is great fishing for these birds! The White Pelicans are migrating South and likely will rest here a few days before moving on down the peninsula. The Pelicans are here from up North, likely from the Mid-west.
I want to wish all who celebrate, a happy Hanukkah! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy. Part 3 of 3 will appear here on Wednesday.
Double Crested Cormorants
There is a huge flock of Double Crested Cormorants here at one of the little community lakes here in The Villages, FL. The Double Crested Cormorants have migrated South for the Winter. These kinds of cormorants also can be seen in fresh water marshland and salt marshes in Florida and along the Gulf of Mexico and some areas of the Atlantic.
The Double Crested Cormorants often accompany the White Pelicans and sometimes, the Wood Storks in their migration. The cormorants are fishing birds. They dive into the water to catch their fish or frogs. Wading birds and pelicans often help herd the fish into the waiting bills of the cormorants or vice-versa.
This bunch of cormorants are presently on the two little lakes behind the Freedom Pointe Assisted Living Facilities on El Camino here in The Villages. I believe these birds are also roosting in the large trees along the shore. I took these pictures on Nov. 17, 2016 late in the afternoon. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
A large part of the big flock of Double Crested Cormorants
Cormorants drying their wing feathers
Double Crested Cormorants
Belted Kingfishers are not frequently seen around my neighborhood lake. I was thrilled to see one visit on three recent days but only was able to get pictures from a long distance on the evening of Sept. 21, 2016, at dusk. Belted Kingfishers are wary of people, and this individual is no exception. I was very glad to have my long zoom lens!
The Belted Kingfisher, is a bird that is most often around water and eats fish, frogs, tender turtles, and larger aquatic insects. The Belted Kingfisher spears its prey with its sharp long bill. I have occasionally seen Belted Kingfishers around Salt and Fresh Water marshes, ponds, rivers, and lakes here in the Southeastern USA.
This particular kind of Kingfisher has a navy blue-colored body with a white collar. The Belted Kingfisher is about the same size as a Mourning Dove. It is very attractive with its top-knot of head feathers. I was quite excited to have seen this camera-shy visitor! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
This family of Sandhill Cranes is one I have photographed several times. The trio lives along the shore of a little park lake here in my community. I really enjoy seeing the three. The baby is getting really big! The poor juvenile does have that deformed foot which although hard to live with, seems manageable. I have often seen the bird stand on one foot. Wading birds, geese and ducks do stand on one foot at times to rest.
I photographed the cranes last night at about 8:00PM as the Sun was setting. The group is most often seen in the early morning or very late afternoon. I was at Boone Park when I took these pictures. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photograph. Enjoy!
This Snowy Egret was spotted on June 7, 2016. The pretty, medium-sized wading bird, was fishing for frogs, small fish, or insects, at a man-made stream in The Villages, FL just off the Spanish Springs town square area. The little stream runs behind the Sharon auditorium and empties into Lake Mira Mar.
I shot these pictures in the early evening and there was a young Tri-colored Heron only a few feet away. I was standing on a little bridge over the stream to take the pictures. Each bird was on a different side just near the bridge. I tried hard to be still and quiet so I would not disturb the birds. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!