This beautiful young mute swan was taking a bath at Lake Morton in late November.
The white ducks are cute but aggressive, looking for a handout.
One of the black necked swans at the lake.
A wood duck and a ring billed duck couple.
The cypress trees were turning orange.
This spring we had a drought here in central Florida. The marshes at Circle B Bar Reserve had all dried up except for a tiny few spots. This one marsh still had some water in it so all of the birds were feeding in the same spot. I guess the bugs were plentiful in this spot. I’m not sure how long they stayed there feeding but the morning I was there in late April they were packed in and fighting over space. The crowd was mostly great egrets, snowy egrets and spoonbills but there were a few tricolored herons, little blue herons, great blue herons and green herons. Oh, also glossy ibis, white ibis and wood storks. It’s been years since we’ve seen that many water birds congregate like that so everyone was taking tons of pictures including me.
The moorhens were playing “Leapfrog” in the channel. Soon we’ll have “Leapfrog” babies.
A snowy egret photobombed my spoony picture.
The spoonies were trying to eat in peace but the ibis just kept following them. The spoonies in the last picture are very young. They don’t have their adult breeding bright pink feathers in yet.
Here comes more ibis.
Ibis coming in from across the lake.
Spring had sprung when I went to Circle B Bar Reserve in late March. The ducks were getting frisky, the adult spoonbills were sporting their bright pink feathers and the white ibis have their bright red beaks and feet.
I’m thinking this baby blue heron and wood stork were watching that eagle that was circling high over the lake.
Great blue herons cruising by.
Some of the white pelicans that spend the winter at Lake Morton. They seemed very relaxed.
A few of the wildlife that hangs out at Lake Morton in Lakeland in the winter.
It all starts with someone feeding a few ibis. Seems innocent enough.
Next thing you know, a million birds and ducks are attacking you for food. This wood stork was getting his fill. He was bullying the ibis and stealing their food. At one point a duck was banging on the lady’s shoe until she fed him. Yes, you can feed the fowl at Lake Morton. All can be feed except the swans that are nesting or have babies. The ibis have some sort of radar. A few get fed and then hundreds of them fly in from all over Lakeland within minutes. I just wish they had signs up to feed them only seed or corn instead of bread. All that bread is not good for them. Some of the regulars do feed them corn but most of the people who stop on a rare occasion show up with a big bag of bread.