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.
Baby wood ducks are the cutest duck babies. They have a pretty pale face compared to the mallards which have a lot of pattern on their faces. There were several wood duck families at my favorite lake in Lakeland recently. One of the families with older babies were all napping under a tree. Later, the younger babies were running around chasing after each other and trying to keep up with mom.
So many babies, so little time. This seems to be a big baby duck year. I’m seeing big families everywhere. Getting them all lined up for a family portrait wasn’t easy. The babies are very curious and were running around all over the place. Eventually they tired out and settled down for a nap hiding under mom.
They grow up so fast. One of the first duck families this year at the lake. They are still sticking close together.
Before heading home for lunch, I decided to stop by Lake Mirror in downtown Lakeland to see if there was anything new there. I got out of the car and saw the above ibis trying to gulp down that frog. He kept walking around, trying to keep the other ibis from stealing it. It finally headed around a building so I didn’t see him eat it.
The mandarin duck couple were sleeping under a tree. The male peaked at me for a second and then went back to sleep.
One of the shelducks stood up to stretch but then plopped back down and went back to sleep. Since all of the critters around the small lake were napping I headed home for lunch and a nap too.
Lake Mirror has some crazy ducks living there. They get so excited when someone walks towards them with a bag of bread. Look out or you’ll get run over. If you are standing close to them and not paying attention (meaning looking through your camera viewfinder at something else) they will bang on your shoe with their beak. I try to keep my distance because they can be very aggressive if you don’t have food.