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

Great Blue Heron in hunting in pond, Sun City Center, FL
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

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 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

Muscovy Ducks in Sun City Center, FL

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.

Sandhill Cranes virtually disabled on concrete

Sandhill Crane on lawn in Sun City Center, FL [staff photo]

Sandhill Cranes are practically crippled when walking on roads since that can’t get any traction due to their leg and feet anatomy that favors softer grounds.

It is a beautiful site to see these four-foot tall birds in our neighborhood, but please remember to slow down when you come up to them while driving since they are virtually disabled when walking on concrete and asphalt roads.

Sandhill Cranes are on Florida’s Threatened and Endangered Species list by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Security Patrol: 642-2020
FWC Hotline: (888) 404-3922

Black Swans at Swan Lake on N Pebble Beach at Central Campus

SWAN LAKE with Black Swan with red beak at Sun City Center Community Association Central Campus (SCC CA) Cherry Hills Drive

SUN CITY CENTER — Researcher have found that Black Swans pair for life with around a 6% divorce rate.

They will aggressively defend their nest and when the baby swans (cygnets) hatch, they are attended by both parents for about 9 months. (source en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Swan)