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Wordless Wednesday: White Pelicans in The Villages, FL

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More Pelicans Have Arrived!

 

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

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!

 

 

The White Pelicans Have Arrived!

 

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!

What Did I Spot Today at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course Pond in The Villages, FL?

White Pelicans and Double-crested Cormorants

Three White Pelicans; a couple of Double-crested Cormorants; an Egyptian Goose; a Boat-tailed Grackle; several hybrid Florida Mottled/Mallard Ducks; and a Great Egret were all spotted this afternoon at the driving range pond on the beautiful Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course here in The Villages, FL.

The trio of White Pelicans have made this pond home all year.  It is pretty unusual here for the pelicans to miss migration back up North but this little group apparently missed the flock or something.

On a side note, the minute we pulled up in our golf cart on the pond-side multi-modal trail, the ducks and goose started coming toward us.  Like the White Ibis bunch at Lake Mira-mar, the golf cart must mean “Food”!  No, so sorry.  I do not feed exotic birds or even the pond ducks and geese here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Egyptian Goose

Hybrid Mottled/Mallard Ducks

Male Boat-tailed Grackle

 

Pelicans and Cormorants

Great Egret

Cormorant with fish meal

 

White Pelicans That Did Not Migrate

These two White Pelicans are among a small number of their large flock that did not follow the flock back up North in late Spring this year.  Unusual.  I think the birds like the environment here in The Villages, Florida!

I spotted these two (most days there are four pelicans) at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course driving range pond (on the country club side this time).  I photographed the birds from the opposite shore while I also captured pictures of those Egyptian Geese I featured here a few days ago.  Yes, that is a Snowy Egret flying past one of the pelicans.

These pelicans eat fish and are usually in the company of Double-crested Cormorants.  I only spotted a single cormorant that day at the pond.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

 

 

White Pelicans Bedding Down

A flock of White Pelicans was spotted tonight at sunset at Freedom Pointe Lake in The Villages, Florida.  This group of birds is about half of the number seen in this area a few weeks ago.  Many of these migratory birds have already left for the Spring and Summer.

This spot on the lake is the favorite place for the White Pelicans and their friends, the Double-crested Cormorants to spend the evening to sleep (the cormorants head to the nearby Oak Trees to roost).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

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