The migratory White Pelicans and Double-crested Cormorants are gathering together to get ready for the long journey back up North. These birds are feasting on fish and frogs to gain strength for the flight back home to their breeding grounds. I think quite a few of these birds have already left our area. Last year we only had about six pelicans stay over all-year long.
I spotted the pelicans and cormorants at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course driving range pond and also at Freedom Pointe Lake here in The Villages, FL. These are two spots where the pelicans and cormorants return to every year it seems. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
A Killdeer, several Turkey Vultures, and a Hawk (Red-shouldered???), were all seen in the development where I live on December 4, 2013 in the late afternoon. I also spotted a large flock of birds, likely also Killdeer. The Turkey Vultures, often nicknamed “Buzzards”, were circling and soaring. There were three of these large vultures and only one ventured low in the sky.
The Hawk was perched with its back to me, in a small tree. It probably was just resting. The Killdeer was spotted along a section of the golf course fairway near the road. I sure enjoy seeing the broad variety of birds here in Marion County, Florida. More birds are on the way South. I am very interested to find out which birds I will see next. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!