Cormorants and anhingas drying off in the sun. The first bird in the top picture is an anhinga. The rest are cormorants. Anhingas have a straight beak and spear their fish. Cormorants have a curved beak and hook their fish.
Threes a crowd.
All taken at Lake Morton and Lake Mirror in downtown Lakeland. The small lakes are just a few minutes apart so it’s easy to do quick walks around both before heading home.
I stopped by a park near work recently and found these babies on the boardwalk. The above are anhinga babies, almost grown up. There were three of them on a teeny tiny nest.
On the other side of the boardwalk was the above. Mom was sitting on top of her babies. You could just barely see the featherless skin underneath her.
Another nest had 3 older babies sleeping in a pile. A little while later, Dad came to feed them right before dark. I don’t know how far down that baby has to reach to get the fish out of Dad’s throat. Dad seemed to be very patient.