Ponce Park Pelican Procreation Preparation

Sorry, couldn’t miss taking the opportunity for an alliterative title.  Our local Brown Pelicans are beginning to change into their breeding colors and act in flocks and pairs.  That means that the rookery in the mangroves will be filling up soon and we will have young in another couple of months.  The banner above shows them hanging out near the fishing pier this morning.  They would cluster for a while and then fly off to feed.  Several of them have started pairing and flying and feeding together.

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When paired they even tend to flap their wings or glide and turn in near identical form as the fly.  My favorite shot from this morning was this one


On the way down to the park, I also discovered this Red Shouldered Hawk hunting in the Mangroves.




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Retired, living in SW Florida and spending my time at nature photography in my local area. I volunteer with a couple of local organizations to help my adopted home town. Travelling is now by airplane and car instead of a sailboat but happy anyway.
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