Adult male and female Gallinule with offspring wading in pond, Sun City Center

Adult male and female Gallinule with offspring wading in pond, Sun City Center
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A red billed adult male and female Gallinule with brood wading in pond, Sun City Center
A red billed adult male and female Gallinule with brood wading in pond, Sun City Center

Both the male and female Gallinule help incubate and feed the young until the brood become self sufficient (fledge) after about 40-50 days.

The Antillean Common Gallinule is indigenous to southern Florida and once called the Florida Gallinule.

It’s Lovebug Time in Sun City Center

Kissing bugs mating in Springtime in Sun City Center, Florida
It’s Lovebug Time in Sun City Center
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Adult Lovebugs mating will remain coupled for days in Sun City Center
Adult Lovebugs mating  in Sun City Center, Florida

Lovebugs are back in Sun City Center for their April and early May five-week mating season.  Swarms can number in the hundreds of thousands and quickly end up on the front end of cars that happen to be driving through one.

The acidic composition of these kissingbugs can eat away the paint on cars, so it is advised to removed the bugs as soon as possible, especially on older cars. Newer paint jobs are more formidable and can resist the acidic environment a lot better.

Similar to snow fall,  luv bugs seem to go with the wind, flying slowly and aimlessly through the air, void of any flight pattern.

These honeymoon flies mate in Florida in the spring, late summer and exclusively in south Florida in December.

Kissing bugs coupling in May 5, 2014 in Sun City Center
Kissing bugs coupling on May 5, 2014 in Sun City Center

4 Foot Great Blue Heron hunting in Pond, Sun City Center, FL

Great Blue Heron in hunting in pond, Sun City Center, FL
4 Foot Great Blue Heron hunting in Pond, Sun City Center, FL
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Great Blue Heron hunting in Pond, Sun City Center, FL
Great Blue Heron hunting in Pond, Sun City Center, FL

This 4 foot Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) was hunting in a large pond by the main clubhouse in the Kings Point neighborhood of Sun City Center, Florida on May 19, 2014.

The Great Blue Heron is large bird that can grow 54 inches tall. It is found in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and in the Galápagos Islands as well.

Adult American White Ibis in Sun City Center, FL

head shot of American White Ibis, Sun City Center, FL
Adult American White Ibis in Sun City Center, FL
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The American White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) are  common in the mid-Atlantic and Gulf Coast of the United States and Sun City Center as well.

These particular White Ibis’s were photographed at the pond by the main clubhouse in the Kings Point development in Sun City Center, FL.

Wood Storks in Sun City Center, FL

Wood Stork on side of SR 674 and Kings Blvd, Sun City Center, FL
Wood Storks in Sun City Center, FL
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Wood Storks are a common site in Sun City Center and can grow up to 45 inches tall. Wood Storks were classified as an endangered species in 2013 by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Eastern Grey Squirrels in Sun City Center are native to eastern U.S.

Eastern Grey Squirrels in Sun City Center are native to eastern U.S.
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A Squirrel Living in a 55+ retirement community in Sun City Center, Florida photo/staff
An Eastern Grey Squirrel Living in a 55+ retirement community in Sun City Center, Florida photo/staff

Eastern Grey Squirrels are abundant in the 55+ retirement community of  Sun City Center and these cute little animals seem to be more curious than afraid of its human counterparts.

This particular squirrel was photographed on a palm tree at the Knolls Pool in the Kings Point neighborhood of Sun City Center, FL.

Muscovy Ducks in Sun City Center, FL

Muscovy Ducks in Sun City Center, FL
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Muscovy Duck part of the wildlife in Sun City Center
Muscovy Duck part of the wildlife in Sun City Center

This Muscovy Duck was photographed at the pond off of SR 674 at the big Sun City Center sign.

Muscovy ducks hiss instead of the normal quack you hear with regular ducks leaving them subject to cruelty since they are a bit different.

Muscovy ducks are protected from harassment and inhumane killing under Florida’s anti-cruelty statute (828.12), like other animals in the state.

Alligator Sunning in Pond in Sun City Center, FL

Eyes of Alligator in pond on Falcon Watch Golf Course in Sun City Center, FL
Alligator Sunning in Pond in Sun City Center, FL
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Alligators are indigenous to Sun City Center, Florida and are spotted often on golf courses and in bodies of water that are abundant in the 55+ retirement community.

The photos and video clips were taken at a pond on the Falcon Watch Golf Course in the Kings Point neighborhood of Sun City Center, FL.