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A Visit to the Shopping Center Ponds

A Young Alligator

A Young Alligator

Coot

Coot

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Alligators, Little Blue Heron, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, Bufflehead Duck, Mallard Ducks, Common Moorhens, Anhingas, Pied-billed Grebe, and Common Coots all were spotted at two small ponds right next to a small shopping center area near The Villages, Florida on Highway 466.  Yes, right next to the Walmart!  I took these pictures yesterday afternoon (Jan. 14, 2016).  I have taken pictures at these ponds several different times in the last year.  There often is wildlife to be seen there.

I am amazed at how well wildlife copes with all the new development.  I am glad these wetlands, though tiny, were saved!  I spotted three Alligators in the larger of the two ponds by the way and one of those was decent sized!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

Mallard Duck

Drake Mallard Ducks

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Pair of Mallard Ducks

Pair of Mallard Ducks

 

Great Egret

Great Egret

 

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

Drake (male) Bufflehead Duck

Drake (male) Bufflehead Duck

 

Common Moorhen

Common Moorhen

Alligator

Alligator

Anhinga

Anhinga

Large Bird Bonanza

Cattle Egrets

Cattle Egrets

Little Blue Heron

A Little Blue Heron

Cattle Egrets, A Little Blue Heron, and American White Ibis all have been visitors to the development where I live here within the last week.  We have had plenty of rain in recent days so the rainfall collection basins are now somewhat wet with between several inches and a foot of water in them.  These basins usually are dry and have a lot of grass and a few native weeds within them.  The basins are now attracting various large wading birds.

I had one Cattle Egret surprise me by perching in a large bush in my neighbor’s front yard a couple of weeks ago.    The flock of Cattle Egrets in flight were flying fairly close to the nearby cattle ranch that borders this development.  The Ibises have been here on my street at the rainfall collection basin several times in recent weeks.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

American White Ibises

American White Ibises

A Cattle Egret

A Cattle Egret

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