A Pied-billed Grebe
The Sharon Wiechens Nature Preserve in The Villages is a community treasure of a place! I really enjoy visiting this lake-side preserve here. I made a short trip there yesterday afternoon and saw quite a few different birds. I spotted two Southern Bald Eagles; a Pied Billed Grebe; a flying hen Mallard Duck; a Great Egret; a Glossy Ibis; a nesting Moorhen; and a few Boat-tailed Grackles.
I also saw a few Common Coots there at the preserve. Usually I spot something different when we visit each time. There is a fantastic boardwalk deck overlook which loops around into the lake itself over the shallow marsh. I also occasionally go up onto the wooden observation deck structure for a quick look around. I did not see any Sherman’s Fox Squirrels this trip. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
A Great Egret
Male Boat-tailed Grackles
A Glossy Ibis
Southern Bald Eagles (From a distance)
A Hen Mallard
Common Moorhen on its Nest
These two Southern Bald Eagles were spotted way up on the top of a high tension electric tower on Enrique Drive across from the El Santiago golf course pond in The Villages, Florida yesterday afternoon.
Southern Bald Eagles are slightly more slender and a tiny bit shorter than other Bald Eagles here in The United States. Like the other Bald Eagles, these birds of prey love eating fish, coots, other types of small waterfowl and rodents such as mice, young rabbits and squirrels.
Bald Eagles often build two nests up on the towers or in the tops of Cypress Trees, Pines, or Oaks. They use one nest to rear their chicks and have another as an emergency back-up in case of disaster. I did not see a nest associated with this pair but I would not be surprised if they are in the process of building their nest soon. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that picture. Enjoy!
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!