I spotted this Osprey and tracked it while it swooped and dove into Cherry Lake (Lake Sumter) in The Villages, Florida. I was at the lovely little Live Oak Park wooden observation deck over the shoreline. The bird of prey got its fish – probably a perch. This lake is a medium-sized lake and is near the Lake Sumter Landing business and entertainment area here. Some of the lake is residential, but a lot of it is wild marshland on the shore. It is much more full of water than we had seen in previous weeks, thanks to a couple of heavy recent storms. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
White Pelicans, Wood Storks, Great Blue Herons, Osprey, Ring-necked Ducks, Hooded Merganser Ducks, Great Egrets, a Belted Kingfisher, Sandhill Cranes, and a Red-tailed Hawk were all spotted on our neighborhood park lake within the past two weeks. It was amazing! I so enjoy bird watching and it was really fun to see so many different birds here at once. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo. Enjoy!
Red-tailed Hawk in Flight
Great Blue Heron
This Southern Bald Eagle is likely one I have photographed in this same spot a few times before. I spotted the eagle on the top of a high tension electric line tower at the Santiago Recreation Center golf course in The Villages, FL.
The eagle was watching the goings-on at the golf course lake and the fairways of that same course, which the tower overlooks. Bald Eagles love eating fish as well as Common Coots, ducklings and sometimes rodents such as mice rats and squirrels. These Southern Bald Eagles are native eagles here in Florida and are slightly smaller than the typical Bald Eagle.
By the way, I tried to find those pelicans I had seen a few days ago but could not do so. I did see about a hundred or more Double-crested Cormorants and about twenty Wood Storks. Pictures will appear here in posts next week. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
I am beginning to see more songbirds and other birds around my yards. This weekend, saw a couple of Tufted Titmice way up in my big old Live Oaks, a hen Northern Cardinal in my next door neighbor’s Palm Tree, a Northern Mockingbird up on the neighbor’s roof, and what looks like a juvenile Bald Eagle flying very high up in the sky.
I also saw a sassy Red-bellied Woodpecker that played a short peek-a-boo game with me before it gave up and flew off. I will show that bird on Wednesday’s post. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the image. Enjoy!
Hen Northern Cardinal
Juvenile Bald Eagle?
This Red-shouldered Hawk was perched in a small rather open tree across the street from my home on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The wonderful bird of prey was ignoring me and was busily calling to another hawk in the area. I faintly heard the response since that other hawk was a long way away.
I think the hawk I photographed was not hungry either. I was closer to the bird than I usually have been (far enough away to keep from disturbing the bird) and the bird did not pause or get flighty or leave. I am glad to have gotten these close-up views to share with you here. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
This Kestrel falcon is likely one of a pair that had been here about a month ago. I snapped these pictures yesterday afternoon in my yard at the little farm in Tennessee. It sure was a cold day. I think that it was about 32 degrees F. (0 degrees C.) outside. It had snowed the day before and there was a crust of snow still on the ground. I took the pictures from my cozy living room because I did not want to disturb the bird and also because I generally dislike cold weather!
This bird is one of the smallest of the falcons. It is a bird of prey and eats small rodents, lizards, larger insects and songbirds. I no longer have a bird feeder up since I will be moving soon. I think that this bird had to really hunt to find a meal. It gave up after just a few moments and flew away. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
I saw an American Kestrel or at least I think that is what this dove-sized bird of prey is. If it is an American Kestrel, this is the first one I have seen. Kestrels are also formerly known as “Sparrow Hawks”. They are a small Falcon. This bird came around the yard five or six times yesterday. It mostly perched on the highest electric line and also in a tree near the lake across the road. The bird was a brilliant copper, grey, black and white in color. It had brown eyes. It also flew quickly.
The Crows really were riled up about the presence of the Kestrel or what ever other bird of prey this one is. Lots of “Caw-caw-caw” from the Crows but this little Falcon did not seem upset. This bird was intent on getting a meal from among the tiny songbirds around the bird feeder, lawns or lower branches of the trees. I did not see that it was successful. This bird also eats Grasshoppers and larger insects as well as small rodents such as mice. I took these pictures from my living room window and from my yard yesterday, Feb. 4, 2013. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!