This young alligator was seen in The Villages, FL at a golf course pond. Alligators are common in Florida in fresh water marshes, ponds, and lakes. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Posts tagged ‘Wildlife’
I have just returned from a family vacation to South Dakota. A highlight of the adventure was a visit to the ever-so-lovely Custer State Park in the Mount Rushmore area of the state.
This state park is chock-full of large wild animals. Yes, the enormous pastures where the buffalo (American Bison) roam are fenced but the animals really do run freely in the grasslands. A road for tourists to drive through the area is the best way to see the bison, pronghorn, deer, prairie dogs, and the friendly wild donkeys that call the park home.
I have been to this park three times now and enjoy it quite a lot! I want to wish everyone a happy Independence Day tomorrow (July 4th). Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of each picture. Enjoy!
This gorgeous Snowy Egret was spotted at what I refer to as “The Walmart Pond”, a small pond on the side of the Buffalo Ridge Walmart parking lot off of CR 466 near The Villages, FL. I have often gone to this particular pond to watch the egrets, herons, gators and other wildlife there. I took these pictures back on April 9, 2016. It is one of my favorite hot-spots for spotting wading birds.
The Snowy Egret is in its breeding plumage. The Snowy Egret has a black bill, blackish green legs and mustard-yellow feet. It is a smaller egret but is slightly larger than the Cattle Egret. The Snowy Egret eats fish, frogs, tadpoles, aquatic snails, larger aquatic and near shoreline insects and worms. I am usually rewarded by seeing at least a few water birds, ducks, or the big waders. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
This month is the sixth anniversary of this blog! How time flies I started out talking about the critters I saw daily while we lived along the shoreline of a beautiful lake in a residential resort near Crossville, in Cumberland County, Tennessee. Next, we lived a year at a little six acre place also in the Crossville, TN area.
Finally, we decided to make the move South to warmer Florida were we lived in Marion County near Ocala, and now live in Lake County, Florida.
A big thank you to all of you who read the blog! I appreciate you! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version. These are some older snapshots I know you will enjoy revisiting. Enjoy!
My husband, son, and I went on a day trip to Cedar Key, FL on the Gulf of Mexico yesterday. We saw a lot of wildlife! Here are just a few of the birds I saw. I will post more pictures in coming days. Cedar Key is a tiny island very close to the mainland (you get to it via a short bridge).
The Cedar Key area is teaming with wildlife. I saw a Bald Eagle, a pair of Osprey, two Wood Storks, several herons, egrets, and many other birds! I took these pictures at or very close to Cedar Key (West of Ocala) on November 16, 2014. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Anhingas are wonderful large birds that almost look as if they are living dinosaurs. They closely resemble the Cormorants. They are water birds and also are quite at home sunning themselves in trees here in Florida. The Anhingas eat small aquatic animals, and larger insects.
I took these pictures of several Anhingas while gliding through the oh-so-beautiful and tropical wonderland that is the Dora Canal. The Dora Canal is just off of Lake Eustis in Central Florida. I highly recommend that if you are in this area, you take a boat tour through this short canal. There are commercial tours, and boat rentals. I went as a guest on my friend’s boat.
Most of the canal is in a natural state but dotted here and there, are a few mobile home resorts along the shore. This canal has Alligators, Herons, Egrets, Anhingas, Osprey, Moorhens, Turtles, and several other species of wildlife. There is a lot of tropical foliage and beautiful, towering Cypress Trees. The photo of the row of Cypress Tree trunks may have been taken en-route to the Dora Canal. I took these pictures from the water while seated in an open top pontoon boat. The pictures were taken on Friday, April 25, 2014. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!