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A Cedar Key Osprey

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I watched this Osprey (also known as a Sea Hawk) fly up to the top of an electric pole at Cedar Key, with a fish in its talons.  The Osprey then began to eat its meal.  While taking these pictures, I was standing in a parking lot pretty close to the pole where the bird was perched.

The Osprey was concentrating on eating and was not worried about the presence of people very much.  I took these pictures on November 15, 2014 at the marina area near the fire station, on Cedar Key, Florida.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Levy County Road 327

 Road 326

Lower Suwanee River Refuge

Lower Suwannee Refuge

Juvenile Southern Bald Eagle

Juvenile Bald Eagle

Here are more photographs of wildlife I took near Cedar Key, FL, the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, and Levy County Road 326 (Eagle and Armadillo), on November 16, 2014.  I really enjoyed visiting both places tremendously!  By the way, the Armadillo was the first living Banded Armadillo I have ever seen.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Vultures

Vultures

Willet

Willet

Wood Stork

Wood Stork

 

Banded Armadillo

Banded Armadillo

Willet

Willet

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Adventure at Cedar Key, FL

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

Great Egret

Great Egret

Marbled Godwitch

Marbled Godwit

My husband, son, and I went on a day trip to Cedar Key, FL on the Gulf of Mexico yesterday.  We saw a lot of wildlife!   Here are just a few of the birds I saw.  I will post more pictures in coming days.  Cedar Key is a tiny island very close to the mainland (you get to it via a short bridge).

The Cedar Key area is teaming with wildlife.  I saw a Bald Eagle, a pair of Osprey, two Wood Storks, several herons, egrets, and many other birds!  I took these pictures at or very close to Cedar Key (West of  Ocala) on November 16, 2014.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Herring Gull?

Herring Gull?

Shorebirds in flight

Shorebirds in flight

Osprey

Osprey

 

Cormorants

Cormorants

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

Female Boat-tailed Grackle

Female Boat-tailed Grackle

The Squirrel Chase!

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A  commotion in the front yard caused me to go out with my camera to check on the critters I had been hearing from my living room windows.  I went out and saw five small skinny squirrels chasing another squirrel all around the yard.  The chase continued across the driveways, under and around two cars, up on my neighbor’s porch, and finally, up into a large Live Oak tree in my neighbor’s front yard.

It was a young female being pursued by the five potential suitors in a very dramatic fashion.  I think she was pretty tired of all that attention.  After a bit, things calmed down and I went back inside my home.  I took these pictures on October 30, 2014.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

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These hawks were spotted just down the road from each other.  One was in a huge old Pine and the other was up on an electric pole here in the development where I live.  I took these pictures on Nov. 9, 2014.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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DSC_5570Mottled Ducks are Florida’s ducks.  I enjoy seeing these cousins of the popular Mallard Ducks.  This small flock was happily exploring one of the horse ranch ponds we have been watching in the Northwestern part of Marion County, Florida, near Ocala.  I have been seeing Anhinga, Great Egret, Sand Hill Crane, White Ibis, the Mottled Ducks, and a Great Blue Heron at this pond.  Quite an interesting place for birding.  I took these pictures on Sunday, November 9, 2014.

The Mottled Ducks are dabbling ducks and eat insects, and grains mostly.  They tip their heads into the water of ponds, lakes, rivers, and marshy areas, to try to find food or they forage on the shorelines.   I think they are interesting ducks and enjoy seeing them.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Happy Veteran’s Day.  A big thank you to all who have served in the military.

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Views of a Ranch Pond

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A flock of Mottled Duck hens, a juvenile American White Ibis, an Anhinga, a Great Egret, and a small shorebird, were all spotted at a local Ocala horse ranch pond on November 4, 2014.  I took these pictures from the road and used my long lens as the pond was quite a ways from the pavement.  This particular pond was just down the road from where I had seen the Wild Turkey a bit earlier.

I had to look at my photographs on the computer to actually tell that there was a very young Ibis there at that pond.  I also was startled by a Great Blue Heron in the tree right above my head.  That heron quickly flew off  before I could get any pictures.   Florida will soon be receiving many more migratory birds visiting for our very mild Winter climate.  I look forward to seeing these birds in coming weeks!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!

 

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