Bald Eagles, Red Tailed Hawks, Red-Bellied Woodpeckers and more have been here in my yards during the past week. It has been a banner week for bird watching here in beautiful Cumberland County, Tennessee! I took a lot of pictures of song birds, birds of prey, ducks, water birds, and geese! The Canada Geese returned to the lake after a short absence. The Bald Eagle is now cruising the skies over the lake several times each week in search of a tasty bite of fish or coots. The beautiful Northern Cardinals were here on a few days this week and we also saw a small flock of the Pied-Billed Grebes. These Pied-Billed Grebes are small Grebes that are not ducks but are water birds. Grebes eat fish, insects, and small aquatic animals. The Pied-Billed Grebes are quite shy and tend to stay well-away from the shore. The Pied-Billed Grebes often dive to avoid the presence of humans out and about. The Bald Eagle picture was one that I quickly took because I had seen the big bird swoop down to perch. I took its picture and almost immediately, it flew away (camera-shy, I guess).
I also captured pictures of a Red-Bellied Woodpecker and a couple of the American Coots that were up in my yard a few days ago. I so enjoy watching the various animals and birds here. I take many photographs during the week. Our weather had been cold, then cool, and now it has turned very pleasant. I am glad as I now have more opportunities to be outside where all of the great action is! By the way, because there are so many American Coots in my yards, the Hawk has finally caught one of the Coots. I surprised the Hawk while it was on the ground with a freshly caught coot. Just a part of nature. No, I did not choose to photograph that particular happening. Guess that is why the Bald Eagle is around so often now. Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture. Enjoy!