This Great Egret was strolling around the front lawn of a neighbor of ours a few days ago. It was the first time I have spotted a Great Egret on my street (we do have occasional flocks of White Ibis here though). We live about a third of a mile from the little neighborhood lake, so the egret was not far from a normal area where one would expect to see such a bird walking around.
The Great Egret was likely hunting for a quick meal. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
The Winter migration is underway and more and more birds are arriving here in recent days. This will continue through December or early January. I have been seeing small flocks in the skies and on the shorelines of local lakes. I also have included a photograph of some smaller freshwater turtles that happened to be sunning themselves on the shore of a local golf course pond. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Wood Storks occasionally visit The Villages, FL but usually we see maybe six or seven in one spot. This morning I saw sixty Wood Storks, many of them juveniles, at the El Santiago Golf Course pond on the El Camino Avenue end near the multi-modal path.
I think that due to the recent tropical storm to the NW of us on the coast, this flock has migrated. We are fortunate to have seen the whole group together. By the way, the juveniles have the fuzzy head and nearly ivory-white bills. Wood storks begin to have a large ivory-white bony plate on their head (no feathers or fuzz) and have a darker bill as they age.
I also saw an adult Wood Stork trying to eat a very large catfish that it caught in its huge bill. The effort did briefly attract the attention of a Great Blue Heron, but the…
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I took these pictures early last evening 10/21/19 in The Villages, FL. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. 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!