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Wordless Wednesday: Wood Storks

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Wading Birds at Freedom Pointe Lake in The Villages, FL

Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets and Tri-Colored Heron

Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Wood Storks, Anhingas, and a Tri-Color Heron were spotted this past week at the Freedom Pointe Lake in The Villages, FL.  This little lake borders a golf course, an assisted living complex, and a boulevard with golf cart multi-modal pathway.  It is often busy with wading birds during the Fall through Spring months.  I enjoy visiting this area as it is easy to see the birds from the path or the parking area.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Great Egret

Tri-colored Heron

 

Wood Stork

 

Great Egret

Snowy Egret, Cormorant, Great Egret

Great Blue Heron

Wordless Wednesday: Storks in The Villages, FL

I snapped these pictures on Sunday at Freedom Pointe Lake in The Villages, Florida of a small flock of Wood Storks.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Wood Storks at Lake Mira-Mar in The Villages

This pair of Wood Storks was spotted last Thursday afternoon on the park shore-line of little Lake Mira-mar in The Villages, FL at Spanish Springs.  The storks were just hanging out along with a mob of White Ibis and several Mottled Ducks and Black-bellied Whistling Ducks.

The Wood Storks are here several times a year and this spot seems to be a favorite of theirs.  One Wood Stork was up near the parking lot and the other was close to the little dock area.  I always enjoy seeing these serene big exotic wading birds!  I believe the one closest to the parking area is an older stork.  The Wood Storks live about 12 years or so.  Their head gets covered with hard bony like growths and their bill gets darker as they age.  Always a treat to see the Wood Storks!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

A Lone Wood Stork

This Wood Stork was hunting for dinner at the small pond at Freedom Pointe in The Villages, Florida when I photographed the exotic bird on Saturday, July 20, 2019 in the later afternoon.  The Wood Storks have seldom been around the community in recent months.  Some are beginning to come our way as the weather changes.

Wood Storks hunt by wading in very shallow water and scooping small fish, aquatic worms, aquatic snails, frogs, small alligators, aquatic insects, and small crayfish.  They use their very hard scoop-like bill and filter out unwanted objects and water and then they swallow.  These birds have been on the endangered species list until recently and I believe they are now considered as a threatened species.  I love seeing them here!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly smaller version of the picture. Enjoy!

Water Birds at a Local Golf Pond

White Pelicans, a mob of Cormorants, seven Wood Storks, and a few Great Egrets were all at the little Golf View Lake near Paradise Park in The Villages, Florida on March 7, 2019 at dusk.  I was thrilled to still be seeing the pelicans as they soon will flock-together for the long flight Northward.

Imagine being a home-owner on the pond’s shoreline and finding seven young Wood Storks sitting happily in your backyard near the water!  I think most who own water-front homes, do expect this kind of unique short-term visitors.  Ha!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version fo that photo.  Enjoy!

 

 

Mobs of Birds!

Cattle Egrets and a Juvenile White Ibis

Great Egrets, and Roseate Spoonbill

White Pelican, Double-crested Cormorants, Wood Stork, Ring Billed Gulls

 

Wading birds are often here in big flocks at times during the Winter months.  Some flocks stay over the season but others are here a day to rest and eat and then off they go.

We have big flocks of Cattle Egrets; Glossy Ibis; Double-crested Cormorants; Ring-billed Gulls; White Ibis;  Snowy and Great Egrets; and American White Pelicans.  Sometimes we will have groups of Wood Storks and Sandhill Cranes but generally, these big birds are in small flocks of six to eight.  Most of the Wood Storks branch out to separate ponds where only one to four are present.  The Sandhill Cranes are most often seen in large grassy areas such as on the edges of golf courses.

It is so much fun to get out and do some bird watching!   By the way, the big flock of White Pelicans has returned to the Freedom Pointe Lake here in The Villages.   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.

American White Pelicans

Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, American White Pelicans, Double-crested Cormorants

Sandhill Cranes

 

 

 

 

Double-crested Cormorants

White Ibis

Glossy Ibis

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