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White Pelicans at Local Ponds

 

White Pelicans are Winter visitors here in The Villages, FL.  In the Northern sections of the community, White Pelicans are mostly spotted at Freedom Pointe on El Camino Blvd. and at the lovely Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course on the driving range pond.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photograph.  Enjoy!

 

Winter Brings White Pelicans!

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!

 

 

Winter White Pelicans

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!

 

Various Birds & Waterfowl

White Pelicans at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course Driving Range Pond

There are photographs I recently took here in The Villages, FL.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Mottled Ducks at the Freedom Pointe Lakes

Wood Storks & White Pelicans at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Driving Range Pond

Great Blue Heron at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Pond

 

Turkey Vultures & Great Egrets at the Freedom Pointe Lakes

Crows at the  Freedom Pointe Lakes

Tai-Colored Heron, Mottled Ducks at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Driving Range Pond

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

For this “Almost wordless Wednesday”, I am showing a few  photographs of wildlife and scenic views around some of the natural areas here in The Villages, FL.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo.  Enjoy!  Wishing all who celebrate, a most pleasant Thanksgiving.  I am grateful for my blog friends who have been so kind over the nearly decade this blog has been on the Internet.  Many thanks!

 

 

Not so Soon About the White Pelicans?

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farewell to the Pelicans

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!

 

 

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