Southern Bald Eagle
Little Blue Heron
This nature preserve is part of The Villages, Florida in a new area to the South end of the development. I went to the preserve on December 15, 2015 and enjoyed seeing American Coots, a Little Blue Heron, a Bald Eagle (up on the high tension electric tower), a Red-bellied Woodpecker, the Sherman’s Fox Squirrels, a number of ducks in the distance, and Meadowlarks.
In the past, I have also seen Great Egrets, and a White Tailed Deer (across on the far side of the lake). Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. By the way, it was raining lightly when I was at the preserve. P.S. I saw a huge flock of White Pelicans arrive at the small neighborhood lake near my home this afternoon. I hope to get some pictures taken while the birds are still around. Wildlifewatcher
Scenic View of the Far Shore
Southern Bald Eagle
Sherman’s Fox Squirrel
Observation Tower and Deck
Bald Eagles, a flock of American Robins, a female Downy Woodpecker, a flock of Common Coots, Brown Pelicans and a Snowy Egret were all spotted at the Guano River Wildlife Management Area and State Park on Florida’s A-1A coastal highway near Jacksonville. I visited this large marsh and hardwood forest on February 12, 2015. The front side of the park has a large lake and marsh, and several wonderful flat hiking trails that lead to the Wildlife Management Area.
The Wildlife Management Area is a place where hunting does take place at times so it is crucial to follow instructions given on prominent signs at the entrance gates. We were there when no hunting was happening. There are streams, beautiful jungle-like hardwood forests, marshes, and the large and small lakes. I really enjoyed the short hike we did while there. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Bald Eagles are so majestic! I have spotted five Southern Bald Eagles in the last week here in Northern Florida. I spotted one Bald Eagle in its nest on the top of an electric tower near Paynes Prairie State Preserve on Highway 441 on February 6, 2015; a pair of Bald Eagles at the Guana River Wildlife Management Area off of the coastal highway A-1A, near St. Augustine, Florida, and another pair of Bald Eagles at Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, Florida on February 11, 2015.
It is thrilling to see these wonderful birds of prey! The Southern Bald Eagles are numerous here in Florida. The Bald Eagles eat fish, rodents, small birds, and sometimes small animals. They love to eat Coots, which are a rail bird that looks like a duck. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy! Have a happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow!
Happy Fourth of July! I am showing some photographs I took a couple of weeks ago in Alaska of Bald Eagles. Several Bald Eagles were sighted in the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve near Haines, Alaska. I think that the eagle on the nest was one that I had photographed before during a trip we took two summers ago in 2010. We enjoyed our cruise excursion that was arranged by the Chilkat River Adventures Company there near Haines, Alaska. My husband and I were on a week-long Princess cruise, which is how we found this particular jet boat excursion. This excursion was excellent, as was the overall cruise!
The picture of the Bald Eagle sitting on the iceberg was one I took when we were in the Tracy Arm fjord near Juneau, Alaska. Yes, the ice really is that color of blue! Just stunning! Yes, the eagle really was sitting perched on that ice! I did not have my Nikon camera or a long lens on this trip. I took these pictures using my Olympus snap-shot camera. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. Enjoy! Have a safe and fun celebration tonight if you will be watching fireworks or traveling.
This post is in memory of those who have lost their lives in the service of their country. Here are a few shots I have never posted that I took in Yellowstone National Park and Mt. Rushmore last September and also at my lake home here in Tennessee (Bald Eagle) in December 2010, and also in January, 2011.. These are iconic animals and views of the United States of America. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Have a good Memorial Day. P.S. I accidentally did not press the “Publish” button and thought I had posted this morning, but apparently not. So, sorry for the late post today!
While we were at the State of Tennessee’s nice wildlife refuge at Hiwassee on 12/24/11, we saw three eagles. Two of these eagles were definitely Bald Eagles. The other eagle may have been a Golden Eagle or a juvenile Bald Eagle. The eagles were there because of the abundant waterfowl, fish in the lake, and huge numbers of cranes. This is the Winter home for the Sand Hill and Whooping Cranes. The Bald Eagles also hunt for small rodents in the forests and corn fields along the small lake.
The viewing platform was quite a ways away from the lake where the Bald Eagles flew. We have Bald Eagles here in the Winter months in Eastern-Middle Tennessee. Some pairs of eagles also live in the region all year around. Both genders of Bald Eagles pretty much look the same. The juvenile Bald Eagles are largely brown and black with touches of white. Golden Eagles are brownish with golden highlights. From a long distance, both the juvenile Bald Eagles and the Golden Eagles look very similar. I get absolutely thrilled to see Bald Eagles and was overjoyed to also see the cranes! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
This morning I was thrilled to catch a quick glimpse of a majestic Bald Eagle high in the sky fishing in our 101 acre private community lake here in Cumberland County, Tennessee. This Eagle was flying very fast along the opposite shoreline from my home. I did not get good shots due to the distance and quick flight of this regal bird. I think it may have just caught its fish and flew off. It has been many months since I have seen a Bald Eagle here on the lake. According to Tennessee Wildlife officials, there may be as many as eight Bald Eagles in the greater area of my large forested community. We have several large and small lakes with other areas of small farms nearby. There is abundant wildlife so that is a factor in why Eagles would make the area their home.
Yesterday’s game answers: 1. Eastern Bluebird and Male Downy Woodpecker; 2. Northern Cardinal; 3. Pileated Woodpecker, and 4. Raccoon. I hope you found this game fun. I promise that it will be quite awhile before I post yet another such game. I took these pictures from my deck on August 7, 2011. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!