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.