Mature White Pelican
White Pelicans, an American Alligator, Egyptian Geese, Sea Gulls, and a lot of Double Crested Cormorants all were spotted here in The Villages, Florida on the lovely little lake behind Freedom Pointe off of El Camino yesterday at Noon. Don’t worry, that ‘Gator seemed to be a smaller one! The alligators often can be seen here in the lakes and larger ponds. The pelicans and cormorants are migratory visitors to the area but the geese, egret and ibises are year-around residents. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
White Pelicans and Double Crested Cormorants
Cormorants and Pelicans
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.
Flocks of Sandhill Cranes, White Pelicans and Wood Storks have recently visited our little neighborhood park lake (Paradise Lake) here in The Villages, FL. Because we have had so little rainfall, the lake has rapidly been shrinking and the fishing seems to be the big draw for the migratory wading and water birds!
It was quite funny for me yesterday to shoot a round of archery here, while a large group of White Pelicans flew right over the lake-side archery range! A most pleasant distraction for sure.
I drive past Swartz Park on my way home from my daily archery practice so I get to notice when there are large gatherings of the wading or water birds on the lake. I took these pictures on December 21, and Dec. 22, 2016. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy! I want to wish all a Merry Christmas! I will continue the second part of this three part series on Monday.
White Pelicans, Wood Storks, Great Blue Herons, Osprey, Ring-necked Ducks, Hooded Merganser Ducks, Great Egrets, a Belted Kingfisher, Sandhill Cranes, and a Red-tailed Hawk were all spotted on our neighborhood park lake within the past two weeks. It was amazing! I so enjoy bird watching and it was really fun to see so many different birds here at once. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo. Enjoy!
Red-tailed Hawk in Flight
Great Blue Heron
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!
White Pelicans stop here in The Villages, Florida during their Winter migration. I really love seeing the big gatherings of the huge beautiful birds! I saw this flock fishing as a group in a pond on Pinellas Drive here at the Evans Prairie wetlands area, on Saturday, April 9, 2016. There also were Double Crested Cormorants, Great Egrets, a Great Blue Heron, and a couple of Little Blue Herons plus ducks and coots around! What a mob!
I don’t think this is the same flock I had seen a couple of weeks ago in the North end of the community on El Camino Real. I am always so pleased when I see the White Pelicans, which by the way, are mostly fresh water-loving birds. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!