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!
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
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!