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Blue Winged Teal Ducks

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This flock of Blue Winged Teal ducks was spotted on a large pond in Levy County, Florida on November 15, 2014.  I was traveling back from my adventure at Cedar Key and saw this flock on the water a bit of distance from the highway.  I believe this is a migratory flock of Teals.  There were about twenty-five or so ducks on the water while I was there.

Of course, seeing the ducks, I had to stop and take some snap-shots.  The drakes or males, have the white crescent on their cheeks above the bill,  but the females do not have this distinctive marking.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!  Have a happy Thanksgiving!

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Juvenile Southern Bald Eagle

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This Southern Bald Eagle was spotted perched up in a tall Cypress Tree along an almost deserted rural road near the Lower Suwannee Wildlife Refuge (Road 326).  I happened to see the eagle while we were driving and asked my husband, the driver, to stop so I could perhaps get some pictures of the bird.  We stopped along the side of the road and I walked  on the road from a distance, and got these pictures.  The eagle was a juvenile as it is a mottled brown with lots of white feathers on its body.  As the eagle matures it changes into the more recognizable brown and white coloring that most people know of.

I took these pictures on November 15, 2014 when we were visiting Cedar Key and the Lower Suwannee Wildlife Refuge (fairly close to Cedar Key).  I really love seeing Bald Eagles and am quite glad to have seen one of the reported 17+ pairs of Bald Eagles that live in this area.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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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

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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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