White Pelicans apparently have decided to stick around here in The Villages in limited numbers. I noticed about eight of the big white beauties a few days ago on the pond called “Golf View Lake” near Paradise Park, and probably the same group, at Lake Paradise the next day. I had also spotted a small number of the pelicans on a different pond at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course (not the driving range pond).
So, I may have been premature about declaring that the pelicans had migrated North. We will see if these few stay here in The Villages over the Winter as some did last season. Who knows? Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Most of the White Pelicans have started leaving for their homes up North now. I have only seen just a handful of the big white birds around here in the last week. We still have several groups of the cormorants but those too, will be off on their Spring migration very soon.
I took most of these pictures within the past month here on the ponds and small lakes at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course; Freedom Pointe Lakes; La Hacienda Golf Course pond; and Golf View Lake pond, and Lake Paradise. These are all places where year after year, I have spotted White Pelicans in Winter months.
The White Pelicans arrive in December and leave around the first two weeks of April here. We did have a few stick around all year long this past year here. That was unusual. Our ponds here have been fished heavily with all the pelicans, cormorants, fishing ducks and wading birds that have been here these last few months. It was wonderful to see the pelicans and I will eagerly await their return next Winter! Please click on the thumbnail images to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
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!
White Pelicans have been spotted on the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course driving range pond; the Freedom Pointe Lake; and Lake Paradise here in The Villages, FL on February 24, 2019.
These are migratory water birds which often are accompanied by the Double-crested Cormorants which help the pelicans fish. The White Pelicans come to Florida in the Winter months and return to the Mid-West and other Western states the rest of the year. We did have about six birds stay over this past year. The breeding pelicans have a small disc on their bill while the older juveniles have the light pink bill.
Pelicans eat fish, frogs, snails, small turtles, small alligators and larger aquatic insects. They chase their prey and scoop it up into their big flexible bill pouch begin eating. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
White Pelicans have been spotted in more places here in The Villages, Florida. I spotted about twenty White Pelicans at the Freedom Pointe Lake on El Camino Real, where the flocks often come in Winter months (I call it Pelican Pointe and Cormorant Corner). I also have seen a few at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course driving range pond.
The White Pelicans have flown from the Midwestern states and are hungry. White Pelicans primarily dine on fish and frogs with occasional small tender turtles. Often the other water birds such as Double-crested Cormorants or even Anhingas will help with the fishing by encircling the school of fish to be gulped by the pelicans with enough for all. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of 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!