My first baby pelican sighting of 2014.

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Love was in the air in early February. They must have known Valentine’s day was just around the corner.

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You can see his missing wing in this shot.

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This was a scrappy looking bunch of pelicans, most were missing body parts. They were all working on nests in the middle of the small island.

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A tiny baby pelican only a few days old was getting a snack from Mom. This was the only baby there so he must be the first born of the season, with a face only a mother could love.

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He was only out for a few minutes. Eventually, mom tucked him back under her.

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White pelicans all in a row nearby the brown pelicans.

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They were arguing about something.

I thought it was going to be cold when we headed out to Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park. It felt a little chilly at first but got very humid and warm fast.  In the middle of the pond where all of the big birds live, there is an island where the brown pelicans nest. I was thinking it was still too early to see babies but we caught the first one that was born.  The babies born there will grow up with the parents and be able to take off whenever they are ready. Most of the parents are permanently injured and live there full time.

7 thoughts on “My first baby pelican sighting of 2014.

  1. The white pelicans look like they’re discussing the brown pelicans’ first offspring of the year. “Why didn’t one of us have the first baby?” and “It’s all my husband’s fault.”
    You’re right, a face only a mother could love, but my mother would have said “so homely he’s cute”!
    K

  2. Great photos and fun for me to see, especially the baby. I was there three weeks ago and did not see that cute little baby but remember the island where all the pelicans were nesting. How lucky you got the first baby of the season.

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