Pelicans, wood ducks and swans (Oh my!).

Lake Morton in Lakeland is a good spot to find white pelicans in the winter besides Fort Desoto. There are a lot fewer at Lake Morton but you can usually get closer. They hang out on the brick retaining walls around the lake. Most of the time they are sleeping when I’m there but on a recent trip they were moving around a little. I think two of them were fighting over space on the floating pole.

A coot swimming by.

Wood ducks were napping up in the cypress trees and some were swimming around the lake.

There’s always turtles sitting on the cypress knees.

The city of Lakeland were selling swans in late October. When I was there they were in holding pens on the lake. I felt bad that they were leaving their home but there have been banner crops of babies over the last few years and the lake is over-run with swans. Swans were getting hit by cars and fighting with each other. Hopefully they’ll go to homes that have more room for them. If I had a small pond on my property I would buy a pair. The money goes back into the fund to feed the swans at this lake.

A quick walk around Lake Morton

I found some very young mute swans preening at Lake Morton at the end of July. These young adults were born early this year and were acting like they own the place.

Juvenile male wood ducks. Just starting to get their male colors in.

I also found some female wood ducks.

This cute little limpkin family stole my heart. Both babies were staying close to Mom.

Cute, fuzzy and fun at Lake Morton

It’s that fun time of the year when there are baby ducks everywhere. This one Blondie in the family was so cute. It’s amazing they grow up to look like mom.

The three stooges standing on a pipe.

Beautiful swans at  Lake Morton.

It felt like spring in late March.

A wood duck couple.

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More fowl than fish.

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One of the two black neck swans at the lake.

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Posing for pictures.

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The red-headed duck is back for the winter.

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He was hanging around the ring neck ducks. I haven’t seen a female one with him.

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He’s a handsome one. I hate that he doesn’t have a mate.

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There’s a handful of white pelicans that hang out at this lake during the winter.  They stick together and don’t come running for a handout when people come to feed the ducks.

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Such a pretty face.

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Settling down for an afternoon nap.

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Coots have cool feet.

I’ve been stopping by Lake Morton in Lakeland after my walk at Circle B Bar Reserve lately. Since it’s only 10 minutes away, it’s a quick walk around the lake before I head back to Tampa. The small lake is full of fowl! Ducks, geese, swans, white pelicans, coots, ibis, great blue herons and lots of different gulls.

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Last day on the farm for a while

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Horses playing and taking mud baths.

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Strutting around.

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A green heron hanging around the pond.

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“Don’t land on me” said the turtle to the great blue heron.

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Floating around the pond.

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Love is in the air.

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Showing off for the ladies.

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I think this one needs some sunscreen.

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This pond has its own “cotton ball” head duck.

This is probably my last trip to the “funny” farm this year, or least until very late fall. It’s already too hot here. It was a perfect morning in early March. All of the animals were very active.  In the summer they’ll be sleeping all day and the farm will be filled with “summer camp” kids. Although, it’s tempting to go back in the summer to see if there were any spring baby animals.

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