Lake Paradise in The Villages, Florida has an amazing number of birds visiting these days. Of course with the water level so low, there has been very easy access to fish, frogs, tadpoles, turtles, aquatic insects, and aquatic plants. The supermarket for birds has been open for fine dining and the birds have been loving it. No rain other than our big storm on Saturday. That helped a tiny bit. I was glad for the moisture.
I took these pictures on Sunday early in the evening. I spotted the flock of White Pelicans, a Great Blue Heron, a pair of Egyptian Geese, a few Double Crested Cormorants, lots of Canada Geese, a flock of White Ibis, several small shorebirds, crows, and the usual Mallard and Mottled Ducks. I never know what birds will be there so it is a lot of fun to check on the visitors. I think they also somehow check on us, too! Ha!
Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of that picture. Enjoy!
Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo. Enjoy!
Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of these photos I took yesterday in my yard, Enjoy!
A Great Egret ,White Ibis, and Double Crested Cormorants, and a Turkey Vulture, were spotted a few days ago. The Ibis are numerous here in Florida and love being around the water. The White Ibis eat aquatic snails, aquatic worms, land worm, and assorted insects. The White Ibis also will eat aquatic plants and some grains.
The Double Crested Cormorants are meat-eating birds that are water birds. They love to follow White Pelicans and also the herons and egrets in search of food. These birds dive into the water for fish or frogs. The Double Crested Cormorants look quite similar to the Anhinga birds but the cormorants are a bit blockier and also have the hook on the end of their bill. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Double Crested Cormorants
Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, Florida has two medium-sized ponds that have a variety of water birds, and wading birds in and around them. I was there at Tuscawilla Park on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 in the afternoon for about five minutes. No, I did not see hundreds of birds as I have in past visits during the Winter months. Many birds have gone elsewhere on their migratory journey.
I did see several Great Egrets, a couple of Wood Storks, Snowy Egrets, a lot of White Ibis, a lot of Common Cormorants, a few Wood Ducks, a few Muscovy Ducks and a Great Blue Heron. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Great Egret, Snowy Egrets, and Double Crested Cormorants
Juvenile White Ibis
Adult White Ibis
This flock of White Ibis were roaming around my neighborhood the other day. The flock flew in and then went yard to yard in a group, trying to find tasty grubs or worms in the front yard lawns. It is amusing to watch these harmless fun big birds. They move in a formation that resembles cattle. I noted a juvenile among the flock. The juvenile is the one that is brown and white. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
White Ibises are a common sight here in Central Florida. I snapped these pictures yesterday along my street here in The Villages, FL, and also in Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, FL.
White Ibises eat earth worms, grubs, aquatic worms, aquatic snails such as Apple Snails, and several aquatic and land insects. The Ibis flock likes to roost or rest, in trees. It is quite the sight to see a whole flock take off at once flying around the park! Something like out of a movie such as “The Birds” by Hitchcock.
I enjoy having Ibises around. They are sweet useful big birds and are pretty harmless mellow additions to the neighborhood. It does take a bit of getting used-to seeing the flock stroll around the yards (like a herd of cows actually!). Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!