A Southern Bald Eagle and its eaglet baby were spotted in their nest high on an electric high tension line tower on the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course here in The Villages, Florida. This nest is on the multi-modal path that runs up the middle of the courses.
It is the first time I have spotted an eaglet with the parent eagle. It was a very tender scene as the eaglet seems pretty young. The other parent eagle was likely out hunting for food such as fish, coots, or small rodents like rats or squirrels. There seems to be a lot of opportunities for finding food here in our area with the many lakes, ponds, and open spaces.
I was so happy to have seen the eagles yesterday when these pictures were taken! Please click on the thumbnail images to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Bald Eagles nesting in the high tension electric towers; Double-crested Cormorants perched on pilings in a pond; A Little Blue Heron on the hunt in a drainage ditch; a cute little Pied-billed Grebe; Ring-Necked and Lesser Scaup Ducks on a local golf pond; and a small flock of Mallard Ducks on the banks of Lake Paradise were all spotted last week in The Villages, Florida!
We have an amazing variety of birds here now. We get many migratory birds down from the Midwest and other regions of North America. Such fun to get out to our many ponds and small lakes to see what species has come to visit on any particular day! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Bald Eagle near it’s nest
Little Blue Heron
Ring-Necked and Lesser Scaup Ducks
Bald Eagle on it’s Nest
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Southern Bald Eagles were spotted on the huge electric tower near Morse Blvd. and Rio Grande here in The Villages, Florida, several days ago on a very cloudy early evening. I took these pictures from locations on two different residential streets near the tower. I also have cropped the pictures a lot to best show the birds (I took the pictures from quite a long way off).
This may be the same pair that was nesting on the tower last Spring. I tend to think so. Unfortunately for the birds, the nest was somehow destroyed by high winds just after the eaglets fledged last season. I have not seen a nest appear yet but have seen the birds twice up there on that tower so it is likely that they will rebuild the nest.
I also expect to see a second nest somewhere close by as a back-up nest. Two nests are the norm for many Bald Eagles. Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy! P.S. By the way, I do apologize for taking so long to post as my computer has been in the repair shop getting a new battery. Wildlifewatcher
Adult Southern Bald Eagle
The Southern Bald Eagle family that I photographed a couple of weeks ago has had both juveniles fledge and fly but one seems to like hanging around the nest area a bit. I suspect that this is the younger eagle. One of the parents was perched on the next power pole down the row about a quarter-mile from the juvenile.
No sign of the older juvenile or the other parent eagle. I really have enjoyed following the growth of this family of Southern Bald Eagles here in the Rio Grande area of The Villages. This nest is East of Morse and South of Rio Grande – basically in the neighborhood behind the preserve marsh (Power line easement is easy to follow). Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Adult Southern Bald Eagle
Juvenile Southern Bald Eagle
Juvenile Southern Bald Eagle and nest
Bald Eagles are nesting now and some of the chicks are now older and are considered as juveniles. Tonight at dusk, I photographed a family of Southern Bald Eagles on the nest and perched on a high tension electric line here in The Villages, FL. This nest is on the tower that is behind the heron, egret, and ibis roost to the East of Morse Blvd. just South of Rio Grande.
I am sorry about the quality of the photographs as it was getting dark and the birds were a fair distance off. I took some of the photographs from a different street which was on the opposite side of the tower. I have cropped and lightened up the pictures so you can more easily see these majestic birds. The juveniles are a brown color with a few smaller patches of white coming through where they will eventually have white colors (head, and tail mostly). It was such a thrilling sight to see the mother or father bird with two juveniles (one in the nest and one on and off of the nest). Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
This pair of Florida Southern Bald Eagles is one that I have photographed several times in the past year. These eagles frequently perch on the top of the high tension electric towers on Enrique Drive near the El Santiago golf course here in The Villages, FL. This pair is one of several pairs of the Southern Bald Eagles that are resident all year-long, here in The Villages.
I took these pictures last Saturday late in the afternoon. It was a much cooler day than it has recently been here so the eagles probably did not mind perching on the metal much at all. I expect that the eagles only perch on the towers during cooler times of the day.
These eagles hunt for fish, mice, rats, small ducks, coots, squirrels, smaller rabbits, and snakes among other kinds of animals. The perch is high enough to give the eagles lots of views of the surrounding field and golf course area, in addition to neighborhood shrubbery. I am always thrilled to spot the Bald Eagles! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!