White Pelicans are for the most part, Winter visitors here in The Villages, Florida. A large flock was seen at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course pond. The nice thing is that the pond is very visible from the multi-modal pathway that runs through the center of the courses at Nancy Lopez Legacy.
The White Pelicans feed on fish, frogs, and small turtles. They work as a team and circle their prey before grabbing the food with their huge bills. Often the Double-crested Cormorants join the pelicans in hunts as both species eat the same food.
The flocks of White Pelicans will stay here throughout the Winter months before migrating back up to their Summer homes in the Midwest. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
White Ibis at Lake Mira-mar
I spotted these water birds last weekend in The Villages, Fl at Lake Mira-mar at Spanish Springs, and the lovely little golf course pond at El Santiago Golf Course on Enrique Drive. Both spots are places I often can spot a few (or more) water birds and wading birds such as White Ibis, Sandhill Cranes, Snowy Egrets, and Anhingas. The golf course was being worked on and golf was not happening while I was there.
By the way, I occasionally spot Wood Storks and Bald Eagles at the area around the El Santiago golf course pond. It is a pleasure to visit the pond on Enrique Drive and try to see if there are eagles or storks around. The eagles are sometimes spotted up on the electric line towers there at the course, and about a block or two down the street. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Sandhill Cranes at the El Santiago Golf Course near the pond
A Snowy Egret hunts in the pond-side grass at the El Santiago Golf Course Pond
An Anhinga Dries off at the El Santiago Golf Course Pond