Permanently injured white pelicans that live at Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park. They are beautiful birds.
Getting their morning snacks from a park ranger.
They have a white morph great blue heron missing a wing that lives there.
Wood stork also getting breakfast.
Pink fluff balls (spoonbills) all lined up.
You can get up close to all of the beautiful birds at Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park just north of Tampa. The sanctuary is home to a lot of injured birds.
Love was in the air in early February. They must have known Valentine’s day was just around the corner.
You can see his missing wing in this shot.
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.
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.
He was only out for a few minutes. Eventually, mom tucked him back under her.
White pelicans all in a row nearby the brown pelicans.
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.