American White Pelicans migrate South and visit our ponds and lakes here in The Villages, Florida every year in the Winter months (We do have about 10 White Pelicans that stay all year-long now). The two main places in the Northern end of The Villages to spot the pelicans are The Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course and Freedom Pointe Lakes.
Both Lopez Golf and Freedom Pointe lake locations have quite a few pelicans although sometimes pelicans do fly between these areas. Always a fun sight to see the young adult pelicans massed! Sometimes there are large groups of accompanying Double-crested Cormorants, too! I took these photographs last week here in The Villages. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
White Pelicans are annual Winter visitors here in The Villages. In the more Northern areas of The Villages, these big white and black birds with pinkish orange bills, are found on the golf course driving range pond at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course near the multi-modal path in the center of the course, and at Freedom Pointe Lakes.
The pelicans are fish and frog eating birds and often cooperatively hunt with Double-crested Cormorants. The pelicans seen here are mostly young adults and not yet ready to find mates (the mature pelicans in breeding season will develop a disc-shaped hump on their top bill). I took these pictures on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019 here in The Villages, FL. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!