This Southern Bald Eagle is likely one I have photographed in this same spot a few times before. I spotted the eagle on the top of a high tension electric line tower at the Santiago Recreation Center golf course in The Villages, FL.
The eagle was watching the goings-on at the golf course lake and the fairways of that same course, which the tower overlooks. Bald Eagles love eating fish as well as Common Coots, ducklings and sometimes rodents such as mice rats and squirrels. These Southern Bald Eagles are native eagles here in Florida and are slightly smaller than the typical Bald Eagle.
By the way, I tried to find those pelicans I had seen a few days ago but could not do so. I did see about a hundred or more Double-crested Cormorants and about twenty Wood Storks. Pictures will appear here in posts next week. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Our National Bird, The Bald Eagle
Here are some pictures that you may enjoy! Hooray for the Red, the White, and the Blue! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy! Have a safe and wonderful Independence Day!
Male Northern Cardinal
Eastern Blue Jay
As today is Memorial Day, this brief post is dedicated to the memory of those who died in the service of the country or were seriously wounded. The families and friends of those servicemen and women suffering casualties, are in my thoughts and prayers.
This Southern Bald Eagle was spotted perching on the top of a high tension electric line tower at the Santiago Golf Course, and Recreation Center in The Villages, Florida. This tower over-looks the large golf course pond which also attracts a lot of wild birds and ducks. So in addition to fish, there seems to be plenty to eat for this eagle.
I think this eagle frequents the tower as I saw the same bird in the same place two evenings in a row. I photographed the bird at about 7:00pm on May 18-19, 2016. By the way, I have heavily cropped the photographs so you can more easily see the bird. I so enjoy seeing the amazing amount of wildlife here in The Villages! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of that photo. Enjoy!
I am beginning to see more songbirds and other birds around my yards. This weekend, saw a couple of Tufted Titmice way up in my big old Live Oaks, a hen Northern Cardinal in my next door neighbor’s Palm Tree, a Northern Mockingbird up on the neighbor’s roof, and what looks like a juvenile Bald Eagle flying very high up in the sky.
I also saw a sassy Red-bellied Woodpecker that played a short peek-a-boo game with me before it gave up and flew off. I will show that bird on Wednesday’s post. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the image. Enjoy!
Hen Northern Cardinal
Juvenile Bald Eagle?
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Here are a few silly shots of waterfowl, wading birds and birds of prey coming in for a happy landing. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!
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!