White Pelicans huddled on opposite sides of a small lake here in The Villages, Florida. The small lake is behind the assisted living facilities (Freedom Point complex area) on El Camino Real. This area is accessible by both car and golf cart. There were about sixty or so White Pelicans in each squad of the flock. At times, one or two of the pelicans would hop into the water and paddle across to switch sides. I believe these are a migratory flock and will be joining others to make their long journey North soon.
The big birds eat a lot of fish, tender turtles, frogs and tadpoles. They scoop their prey up in their huge flexible pouch bills. By the way, those pelicans of breeding age, develop a disc shaped growth on the top of their bill. The bill gets darker orange with age, having started out as a tender pink color. I spotted the pelicans on Monday. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!