A Bald Eagle, Great Egret, a Sand Hill Crane, a hawk, two Turkey Vultures, and an Osprey were all spotted yesterday during my brief visit to the Paynes Prairie Preserve overlook on highway 441, just South of Gainesville, Florida. I enjoy going there to try and do a bit of bird and critter watching. I did not spot any American Alligators or any snakes. It is very hit and miss what will be seen on any particular day. I did not get good pictures of the Osprey on its nest or the vultures so I decided not to include those shots here.
By the way, most of the time, the critters are spotted a long way off so having a long lens or binoculars is a good idea there. Also be sure to look for the birds of prey on the electric poles across the road as that is often where some may be found. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!