Bald Eagle on the deserted swimming beach at Kerr Scott Lake
A Bald Eagle was seen on a deserted swimming beach at the lovely Kerr Scott Lake near Wilksboro, North Carolina last week at dusk. This Army Corps of Engineers lake is a beautiful spot with a nice campground and the swimming beach park across the lake (that beach park was only open during the Summer). I also spotted a trio of friendly domestic ducks happily paddling around and about five Eastern Bluebirds flitting around catching insects for their meal. So nice!
We also went up to the Blue Ridge Parkway which is one of the most beautiful highways I have been on. No, we did not take our 28′ Fifth Wheel trailer up there! Too winding and narrow. That parkway has mowed grass on both shoulders and is one lane each way.
The Blue Ridge Parkway runs through mixed hardwood and coniferous forests and has several areas with parking lots and lovely picnic tables and other park features. There also are overlooks which add to the scenic value. A wonderful experience even if we only drove about 6 miles on that road (about 1/2 hour from Wilksboro, N.C.). Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Scenic Elk Mountain Overlook, The Blue Ridge Parkway
Scenic view of Lake Kerr Scott, Wilksboro, NC
Friendly domesticated farm ducks in the lake
Bluebird with insect
Great Blue Heron on its nest
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A River Otter; two Wild Turkeys; a Bald Eagle; about twenty Limpkins; Sandhill Cranes; Little Blue Herons; Great Blue Herons; Anhingas; Turkey and Black Vultures; Double-crested Cormorants; a Black-crowned Night Heron; a Tri-Colored Heron; Snowy Egrets; Great Egrets; a Belted Kingfisher; Alligators; Turtles; Purple Gallinules; and Common Moorhens were all spotted during a two hour scenic boat cruise from the very beautiful Blue Springs State Park on the St. John’s River here in Florida yesterday morning.
The pontoon boat Captain drives slowly through backwater channels chock-full of wildlife! I enthusiastically recommend this cruise! Advance reservations are likely needed and tickets today cost $20.00 per adult plus a $6.00 per car state park day use admission fee.
Part 2 will be posted here on Monday. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Sandhill Crane on its nest
Great Blue Heron
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Eaglet is not visible but is in the nest
A flock of Double-crested Cormorants; several Wood Storks; a flock of Canada Geese; several Egyptian Geese; a lot of Mottled Ducks; a few Great Egrets; a few Snowy Egrets; a few Mallard Ducks; and a small pod of White Pelicans. I also spotted a Southern Bald Eagle up on a nearby electrical tower. Today’s post is part one of two showcasing all these birds. I will show part 2 on Friday.
Our migratory Winter visitors, the true “Snow birds” are coming in droves daily here. I spotted all these birds on the driving range pond of the beautiful Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course here in The Villages, FL today. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Manatee Eating Romaine Lettuce
Wood Storks, a Red Wolf, a Pink Flamingo, Green Herons all were some of the wonderful Florida animals and birds seen at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park on August 15, 2018. The park is a small zoo that cares for orphaned wild animals, rehabilitated wounded wild animals or captive born wild animal species that cannot live in the wild.
There are three or four naturalist-led talks or demonstrations about the animals each day. I was fascinated to watch the Manatee Feeding talk where the naturalist told the crowd that the five Manatees at the park get fed 300 heads of Romaine Lettuce each day! The manatee shown in the picture here was fed such lettuce and I photographed that animal via an underwater viewing portal. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Southern Bald Eagle
Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Wood Stork Catching a Fish in the Stream
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