White Pelicans migrate to Florida from the Mid-west each year for the Winter. There is now a flock of about twenty here in my neighborhood that arrived today. Many are youngsters as evident from their light pink bill pouch. As the White Pelicans mature, their pouch gets thicker stronger and turns a much more yellow color (breeding White Pelicans also develop a ridge in the middle of the top of their upper bill).
White Pelicans eat fish, frogs, small turtles, and large aquatic insects. Our lakes and ponds have dramatically dropped their water levels recently so the fishing is very good! In addition to all the pelicans, I also spotted four Wood Storks, several assorted ducks, and two Great Egrets. No sight of the usual mob of Double Crested Cormorants that usually is around with the pelicans. Perhaps they are still in another area of The Villages, or are on their way! I took these pictures this afternoon, Dec. 1, 2016 at Boone Park (Facing across the road toward the pond area of Paradise Lake). Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the picture. I will be back with a new post on Monday! Have a happy weekend!