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Wordless Wednesday: Bald Eagles in The Villages FL

 

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Bald Eagles in The Villages, Florida

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

Update on the Bald Eagle Family

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

Worth Waiting For: A Family of Bald Eagles!

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!

A Pair of Southern Bald Eagles

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!

Bald Eagles

This pair of Southern Bald Eagles was spotted on Enrique Drive in The Villages, FL on Tues. night at twilight.  We had been out after arriving home from our hurricane evacuation.  This pair of eagles was perched on the electric tower and was probably spotting all sorts of prey in the flooded golf course pond area at the El Santiago Golf Course.  The weather had been fairly cool so perching on the tower was not unpleasantly hot as it sometimes is for these eagles.  Good to see the birds in good condition after the hurricane!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

We did Fine!

Try-colored Heron at Boone Park Flooded Lake Paradise on Street

We just got our Internet back on so I am able to post here.  We had evacuated from our home here for the duration of the storm and returned to absolutely no damage to our house (Hooray!).  We were fortunate.  Our community did fine and there is not a lot of damage here unlike the South of Florida and Jacksonville to the Northeast.

We had minor flooding in a couple parts of our neighborhoods along some of the little lakes and ponds but I don’t think many (if any) houses got lake water inside.  The Paradise Park archery range is flooded and I may not be doing any archery practice for more than a few days.  It can wait.

I am grateful beyond measure for all the wonderful electric line workers who have come from all over to help Florida get power back on!  Also grateful to those disaster workers who are helping in hard hit areas here in the state!

Last night and this morning I went out safely and took some pictures of birds and the little lakes.  Here are a few of those photographs.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Great Egrets on Flooded Lake Mira-mar

Flooded Lake Mira-mar

White Ibis at Lake Mira-mar

 

Tri-colored Heron at Flooded Boone Park on Lake Paradise

Flooding at Boone Park on Lake Paradise

White Ibis at Flooded Lake Mira-mar

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