A pair of Egyptian Geese, a White Ibis, a Great Blue Heron and a drake Mallard Duck, were spotted today on a hot afternoon here in The Villages, Florida, on and at the shoreline of Paradise Lake at Schwartz Park. Always fun to see the Egyptian Geese! We have probably fifty Canada Geese on the lake so those Egyptian Geese have plenty of company among the waterfowl here. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Posts tagged ‘White Ibis’
Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of each of these photos I recently took here in The Villages, Florida. Enjoy!
White Ibis are pretty commonly seen here in The Villages, FL. These big birds are white as adults and brown and white as juveniles. They have blue eyes and pink legs, feet, and bills. They eat insects, worms, grubs, as well as grains and seeds.
The most common place to see Ibis here in The Villages is at the parking lot next to Lake Mira-mar in Spanish Springs. There is a resident flock of about sixty or so birds there.
The Ibis also will fly around the community and browse for insects on the lawns of homes here so that is something that at first seemed strange to me. One does get used to that sight. These are beneficial birds. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
White Ibis are sometimes seen as a small flock roaming around the neighborhoods here in The Villages, FL. They are harmless and eat worms, grubs and insects in the lawns and exposed flower bed soil. They fly off if disturbed by friendly dogs or even people walking by. I enjoy their brief visits here. Please click on the thumbnail image. Enjoy!
Alligators are fairly common here in Florida. Recently, I spotted Alligators in two places – a very small one in the shallows of Cherry Lake at Live Oaks Park in The Villages and an adult at what is known as “Fishing Pond” here in The Villages on Morse Blvd.
I also saw a small flock of White Ibis and a Little Blue Heron there at the Fishing Pond next to that ‘gator. Additionally, I usually see a Great Blue Heron at Freedom Pointe Lake. I was not disappointed. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Today’s almost wordless Wednesday offering is view of the White Ibis flock, a Wood Stork with the White Ibis, Mallard/Mottled Duck hybrids, a couple of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, a Great Egret, and a Canada Goose. All were at the little Lake Mira-mar at Spanish Springs, The Villages, FL, a few days ago. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
This Snowy Egret was hanging out near the shore of little Lake Mira-mar at Spanish Springs in The Villages, Florida. After a few minutes it flew over to another area of the lake where it was joined by an adult White Ibis.
The Trip-colored Heron was spotted at the Freedom Pointe Lake while the Great Blue Heron was seen at a water retention pond area at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course near the driving range pond there. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
White Ibis have been occasionally strolling around the neighborhood looking for tasty bites in the lawns and gardens here. Our weather has been rainy with nearly daily thunderstorms happening in the afternoon hours. I have not been out and about much both due to the weather and my husband being ill.
I did go out yesterday to the neighborhood lake and saw a pair of Muscovy Ducks paddling around which is not a usual sight on our lake. I also saw a Great Egret in the distance on the far shoreline. Not much to report due to weather and nesting season underway for many of the birds, not to mention, molting going on for many birds. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!