Just another WordPress.com weblog about Nature and Wildlife

DSC_1940

These Osprey were spotted just above the pontoon boat that I was a passenger in while sailing along the Dora Canal in Central Florida near Lake Eustis.  These birds of prey are also known as Seahawks or Sea Eagles.  They are common birds along rivers, fresh and salt marshes and along the sea coasts.  Inland they also frequently live around larger lakes.  They hunt for fish, ducks, coots, turtles, very small alligators and sometimes rodents and small birds.

I was quite amazed to see these two birds up close.  Each was on a stout branch of trees overhanging the water of the canal.  Both were eating some sort of meal – clearly one ate a fish.  I also saw a few other Ospreys circling above the Dead River.  I think that some of the Osprey on the Dead River were hoping for a fine meal (gasp!) of Wood Duck duckling.  I took these pictures while out boating on April 25, 2014.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

DSC_1972 - Version 3

DSC_1970

DSC_1883

 

 

DSC_1939DSC_1937DSC_1974

Advertisements

Comments on: "Osprey in Florida’s Dora Canal Area" (10)

  1. how awesome! those wings! 🙂

    • Hi Theresa, Very beautiful/handsome and intelligent birds. I noticed that these birds eat in the trees. Guess there is less danger and competition from Alligators, Bobcats, and perhaps Panthers/Cougars. Have a fabulous Friday today and an excellent weekend!

  2. Your photos are stunning! I see ospreys flying overhead from time to time, but never that close.

    • Hi Song, Thanks! I was amazed to see how close we got to the bird, I think it was unconcerned because it had its food at hand, er, at claw. Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. What a great boat ride you had… The Osprey photos are EXCELLENT… Glad you saw so many great birds on that ride.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

    • Hi Betsy, Many thanks! I sure had a fun day on the water and took over 200 pictures. I’ll be sharing the highlights here. Have a fine weekend!

  4. You got some great shots of the Osprey! They are really fun to watch! Later in the summer I fish the same stretch of river that several of them do, although I think they are better fishers.

  5. Awesome series on the Osprey! They are cool to watch, seeing them fishing and eating.. Wonderful photo, have a happy weekend!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Tag Cloud

%d bloggers like this: