There were two white pelicans and one brown pelican floating in Crescent Lake near downtown St. Pete recently. The white ones were feeding close to the edge of the lake.
You can always find wood storks here.
Other usual critters include wintering ring billed ducks, lots of green herons, a cute mallard with a feather hat and plenty of turtles. One thing I’ve never seen here is alligators. I’m sure they are there under the water. I’ve only ever been early in the morning so they may be on the bank sunning themselves late in the afternoon.
This ring billed gull would have preferred a handout.
I made my annual duck sighting trip to the duck ponds outside Fort De Soto in early December. As usual this time of year, the pond was full of redheads and ring necked ducks. They were all still sleeping when I got there.
A few of them had their eye on me. We only get redheads in the winter.
A juvenile white ibis tries to land in the middle. He did not stay.
There were a few northern shovelers floating as well.
A male shoveler came by pretty close.
The female was trying to sleep in.
This one might still be a juvenile. The colors in his feathers were not quite bright yet. He seemed curious.
The pond will hopefully stay full throughout the winter. I’ll keep checking if they do in case something unusual shows up. I had heard there was an American wigeon there but I couldn’t find him. It will be a lifer if I can find him.