Mom showing off her new babies.
They look so funny. Almost looks like they have chicken skin.
The parents were busy feeding the babies.
One by one they all get fed.
This baby was a newborn. Still sitting under the parent. I caught a glimpse when Mom got up to stretch.
I took these two weeks ago so by now these babies are pretty big. I stopped by the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary hoping to find some pelican babies. I had heard a few had recently been born. There must have been at least 30 babies there. It will be buzzing with babies for a while. The parents, who have sustained injuries that prevent them from surviving in the wild, are kept here permanently. Some time this summer, the sanctuary will roll back the tops of the two pelican pens and the babies can fly away free. I’m sure a lot of them still hang around to get a free meal. Many of the pelicans that you see on the beach around that area were probably born at the sanctuary.
great photos! the newborn is too cute and so new!
these are great shots! glad the parents are kept safe.
These are great captures of the cute (?), fuzzy baby pelicans. I love the fact that the permanent residents of the sanctuary can still breed and nest and contribute to the pelican population.
Chicken skin is exactly what came to mind! Fun to see nestlings, the only newborns here at the moment are newborn snowflakes filling the air. :o)
Such wonderful shots! Since I live in an area too cold for pelicans, this is the first time I’ve seen how the moms feed the babies. Simply amazing.
What great photos. I love pelicans!
Oh wow, the baby gulls are adoarable. I am so happy they are taking care of these recused birds. Wonderful photos, Dina!
Oh, too cute, Dina. One is obviously older than the others, and, as my mother would have said, the newborn is so ugly he’s cute!
Must share these with my husband, as he loves pelicans!