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Bald Eagles in Ocala, FL

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A pair of Bald Eagles was spotted in the early morning on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at Tuscawilla Park in downtown Ocala, Florida.  This park is the temporary home to many large and small birds right now.

These eagles were trying to catch a fish and were working in tandem to do so.   I saw the eagles both perched in the tops of larger trees, and in flight.  Magnificent!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "Bald Eagles in Ocala, FL" (8)

  1. It is always a treat to see the Eagles.. Nice to have a pair nearby, maybe they have a nest nearby.. Great shots.. Have a happy Friday and weekend ahead!

    • Hi Eileen, This park is a few miles from Silver Springs park with the Silver River/Springs and that may be where the eagles are actually nesting. Tuscawilla Park is on the edge of an old residential neighborhood on one side, and semi-industrial on the other and quite close to the downtown offices. I am really happy I got to see the Bald Eagles up close as I did and watch them fish. Have a fabulous weekend and thanks for your great comments!

  2. just incredible!!

  3. Ah—neat, Linda. People on the Fairfield Glade Birding Site are reporting Eagles here in the Glade –but I have yet to see one… I need to go and sit by the water for awhile..
    Hugs,
    Betsy

    • Hi Betsy, Lake St. George has had a pair visit in the Winter for many years. Good spot to try to sight them is from the dam side a little way down the street towards the Marina on Dovenshire. Hit and miss but I think they often are perched in trees in a vacant lot close to the dam (Wood Duck boxes there also). Bald Eagles there are especially attracted by Coots! Hope you get to see some. Have a really awesome weekend!

  4. It’s always good to see them around. Remember when we were afraid that we would lose them as a species?

    • Hi Montucky, Yes, due to environmental poisons such as DDT and Lead. Remarkably, there were two such species there at Tuscawilla Park, with the Bald Eagles and the Wood Storks. Florida is said to have the most Bald Eagles in the lower 48 states and second only to Alaska for sheer numbers. Of course, the Southern Bald Eagles are a sub-species and slightly smaller in size than those Bald Eagles seen up North. Have a fantastic weekend!

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