White Pelicans were seen on Freedom Pointe lake, which is the size of a very large pond, this afternoon. It looks as though a lot of molting is going on, doesn’t it? Those are white feathers all over the ground. There is usually a big gathering every winter of these younger White Pelicans at this particular lake.
The pelicans had a few Double-crested Cormorants, some Seagulls, a few White Ibis, and a lone Snowy Egret along with them today. I also noticed a pair of Egyptian Geese on the very far shore (not photographed). This spot is usually a good place to view the pelicans in Jan. and Feb. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Hooded Merganser Ducks at Lake Mira-mar
Great Egrets; White Pelicans; Snowy Egrets; Wood Storks; Pied-billed Grebes; Hooded Mergansers; Lesser Scaup Ducks; Mallard Ducks; Black-bellied Whistling Ducks; Great Blue Herons; Seagulls; Common Coots; Moorhens; Double-crested Cormorants; Egyptian Geese; Canada Geese; White Ibis; Florida Mottled Ducks; Little Blue Herons, Anhingas; and to a lesser extent Sandhill Cranes; Glossy Ibis; and Limpkins, all are currently to be seen here in The Villages, FL on lakes, ponds, and park-like lawns.
Of course, I am only showing just a few here on today’s post. It is such fun to see the big birds en-mass, at various times. By the way, the roost area on Morse Ave. near Rio Grande that had been abandoned for about a year, is back to being used by at least the White Ibises and a few egrets! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Pied-billed Grebe at Lake Mira-mar
Snowy Egrets, Seagulls, Pelican, Wood Stork, all at Freedom Pointe Lake
Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
A Belted Kingfisher, White Pelicans, Sea Gulls, Muscovy Ducks, and Canada Geese were all spotted on Lake Paradise in The Villages, FL, on January 7, 2017. This little neighborhood lake has a few more inches of water in it since we got a good soaking rain yesterday and the night before last. I am so very glad! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
The White Pelicans with the accompanying Double Crested Cormorant flock has been here on the rapidly shrinking Lake Paradise in The Villages, FL, for several days. We are in a slight drought which is why the smaller lakes are drying up. I spotted the big birds flying-in at the lake on Dec. 22, 2016. The lake is drying up so there is great fishing for these birds! The White Pelicans are migrating South and likely will rest here a few days before moving on down the peninsula. The Pelicans are here from up North, likely from the Mid-west.
I want to wish all who celebrate, a happy Hanukkah! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy. Part 3 of 3 will appear here on Wednesday.
These Wood Storks were visiting our neighborhood park lake this past week. We recently had some needed rain so our lake has risen a little since I took these pictures on Dec. 4, 2016. I took the pictures at Schwartz Park here in The Villages, FL on Lake Paradise. The birds were standing in mere inches of water in the middle of the lake! I think the fishing was good. There also were White Pelicans, Great Egrets, and a lot of ducks! Please click on the thumbnail image to view a slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
White Pelicans migrate to Florida from the Mid-west each year for the Winter. There is now a flock of about twenty here in my neighborhood that arrived today. Many are youngsters as evident from their light pink bill pouch. As the White Pelicans mature, their pouch gets thicker stronger and turns a much more yellow color (breeding White Pelicans also develop a ridge in the middle of the top of their upper bill).
White Pelicans eat fish, frogs, small turtles, and large aquatic insects. Our lakes and ponds have dramatically dropped their water levels recently so the fishing is very good! In addition to all the pelicans, I also spotted four Wood Storks, several assorted ducks, and two Great Egrets. No sight of the usual mob of Double Crested Cormorants that usually is around with the pelicans. Perhaps they are still in another area of The Villages, or are on their way! I took these pictures this afternoon, Dec. 1, 2016 at Boone Park (Facing across the road toward the pond area of Paradise Lake). Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the picture. I will be back with a new post on Monday! Have a happy weekend!