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Double-crested Cormorants roosting in the Live Oak Tree

American White Pelicans and Double-crested Cormorants were spotted at dusk at the lovely Freedom Pointe Lake and parking lot of the assisted living complex in The Villages, Florida on Friday, March 2, 2018.  The gigantic old Live Oaks around the lake-front parking lot have been the roosting place for the migratory Double-crested Cormorants each Winter.  The asphalt of the parking lot under the trees also tells the tale that yes, many birds have roosted there for months now!  This spot is an annual location for the cormorants.  By the way, due to the increasingly darker skies, I have lightened up the photographs so you can more easily see the cormorants in the trees.

An Eastern point of the shoreline of the lake is where most of the flock of White Pelicans also congregate to spend the evening resting on the ground.  Sometimes though, the flock chooses the opposite point of the shore.  Both are favorite spots to see these pelicans in the late afternoon or early evening during the Winter months.  I sure enjoy bird watching at this lake!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of each picture.  Enjoy!

American White Pelicans

Pelicans

Cormorants

Comments on: "Pelicans and Cormorants at Rest and Roost" (3)

  1. It’s interesting how the pelicans pack to tightly together. That’s quite a sight.

    • Hi Montucky, I believe it is for security as we do have Coyotes here on occasion and also the rare Bobcat. Have a great day today and many thanks for all your nice comments!

  2. Hello, I love the white Pelicans. They are so neat to see in large groups. Great photos. Hve a happy week!

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