Baby swans on a hot spring morning.

A female wood duck up above and her 4 juvenile babies hanging out on a rock.

It’s always fun to see the baby swans.

Across the street from the lake, in front of the library in Lakeland, there were still 2 swans sitting on nests. At least they had a good shady spot away from the crowds and a nice view of the lake.

Two butterflies together on the street. Where they mating? I’ve never seen this before.

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Lots of babies

It’s always fun to see baby swans. Both mute swans and black swans had babies at Lake Morton in early May.

A tiny limpkin baby hiding in the reeds while mom looks for food.

Baby mallards looking for bugs.

An older baby mallard.

Pretty ducks and swans.

White pelicans were still hanging around the lake.

Pretty weeds growing along the bank of the lake.

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Beautiful “ugly ducklings”

Sometimes things just work out. I was heading home after a long walk at Circle B Bar Reserve and decided to stop by Lake Morton near downtown Lakeland for a quick walk around the small lake. I was hoping to find some baby wood duck families since there have been a lot of wood duck couples hanging around the lake.  I got even luckier. This was the first time I’ve seen baby swans that young swimming with the parents.  The little twins were very curious pecking at everything but they stayed close to the parents. I sat down on the grass and took a ton of pictures. All of these were taken in late April with my 300mm lens and were extremely cropped.

Seven swans a swimming

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They grow up so fast.  Baby black swans that are teenagers at this point.

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It’s nice to see more black swans around the lake.

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Looks like this swan was getting restless,watching for her babies to hatch.

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I took so many pictures of these little guys.  They were very curious.

Most of the swans were nesting when I walked around Lake Morton in late April. Only a few babies had been born and they were already all grown up. The city has each nest roped off so people don’t get too close.  The swans can be very aggressive if you come near the roped off area.

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A little bit of cuteness.

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It’s that time of the year. The moorhen babies with the big feet show up everywhere. This family with two babies that were growing up fast where hanging around the edge of the lake with white ibis, ducks and swans.

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Two baby ducks that were orphans were close by. They seemed to be doing okay without any parents.

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Baby mallard ducks were trying to nap under the bush.

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One swan Mom was raising her babies in one of the fenced off areas. That way they are protected from predators including hawks and other mean swans.

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Little critters flying around the lake.

I stopped by Lake Morton in Lakeland on my way home from another park to see if there were any baby ducks or swans. A few of both were found. Not a big baby boom going on in early May but enough to keep the cuteness going.

Finding fuzzballs around the lake.

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I think that lizard isn’t going to make it.

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I thought all of the winter ducks had gone north by now but this ring necked duck was still hanging around.

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Black swan preening.

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At first glance I didn’t think there were any baby swans yet. All of the moms were sitting down on the nest. Then a swan got up to move around and I could just barely make out the little fuzzballs under her. They still looked wet so they must have been born that morning. It was around lunchtime when I stopped by the lake. She still had two more to hatch.

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One of the little babies was pretty wet and fumbling around.

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Mom was right there watching them. Dad was close by right next to the nest. I took these through the reeds so they are a little fuzzy.

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How cute is that face???

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Across the lake was another new mom.  This nest had 3 eggs and only one has hatched so far.

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I was sitting on the grass and zoomed in on mom’s beak. Yuck. It almost looks like she has tiny teeth.

It feels like spring when the baby animals start popping up everywhere.

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