Double Crested Cormorants are somewhat seasonal Winter migrant birds here in The Villages, Florida. A few do stay all year around though. These water birds especially like to accompany White Pelicans in their migration from up North. The cormorants roost in tall trees such as Oaks and Cypress near the water’s edge.
Cormorants often cooperatively hunt with small pods of White Pelicans. Double Crested Cormorants dive to hunt for fish, frogs, small turtles, and baby alligators in lakes, ponds and rivers as well as fresh and salt water marshes. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
White Pelicans, a mob of Cormorants, seven Wood Storks, and a few Great Egrets were all at the little Golf View Lake near Paradise Park in The Villages, Florida on March 7, 2019 at dusk. I was thrilled to still be seeing the pelicans as they soon will flock-together for the long flight Northward.
Imagine being a home-owner on the pond’s shoreline and finding seven young Wood Storks sitting happily in your backyard near the water! I think most who own water-front homes, do expect this kind of unique short-term visitors. Ha! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version fo that photo. Enjoy!
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!