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White Pelicans

White Pelicans have arrived in larger numbers here in The Villages, Florida.  These birds are here in the Winter from the Midwestern states.  I took these pictures on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018.

The White Pelicans like freshwater lakes, ponds and slower rivers.  They eat fish, frogs, small tender turtles, and crayfish.  White Pelicans fish by diving.  They also work cooperatively in groups circling their prey.  Sometimes they even fish with the Double-crested Cormorants.

Younger White Pelicans have a pink bill which turns a golden orange-yellow as they age.  When in breeding season, many White Pelicans develop a disc-shaped growth on their upper bill.

I spotted these pelicans at the Lopez Legacy Golf Course driving range pond; at the La Hacienda Golf Course pond; and at the little pond near the library in the Paradise Park area.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!



Comments on: "White Pelicans" (2)

  1. I love seeing them when they visit here in the summer. I haven’t visited the small lake near here lately where I saw a large flock this summer, but I suppose now they have moved south and the lake is providing its winter pleasure: ice fishing.

  2. Hi Montucky, I bet ice fishing is great fun – I have never tried it. Glad your pelicans are having a nice Southern vacation! Ha! Have a wonderful weekend!

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