I wasn’t surprised to see white pelicans at North Shore Park in St. Pete in late December. They usually spend the winter somewhere around the park although it’s hit or miss to catch them right in front of the beach. They cruise around the area and sometimes hang out far into the channels in the neighborhoods nearby. I had stopped by for a quick walk and ended up going back to my car and getting my camera. They were standing right there in pelican leg high water.
Turning around to leave, I could see an osprey sitting up on the lights.
Sometimes you just have to stop and watch the boats go by.
There were lots of little shorebirds along the beach. I then decided to stop by nearby Crescent Lake Park on the way home.
Right in the middle of the lake at the park were 3 lone pelicans. I have seen them here before as well but they were all swimming separately. I wonder if they originally came with the beach group and somehow got separated.
I spent some time trying to catch this osprey diving for fish but he was just too far across the lake and he kept missing.