I photographed this Osprey at Lake Paradise in The Villages, FL, from the lovely little Schwartz Park. I took the photographs on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 late in the afternoon. The bird of prey was trying unsuccessfully to catch a tasty fish for its meal. The lake is very high right now since we have had a lot of rain recently. I have been seeing many Canada Geese, the resident Great Blue Heron, a few ducks, a few egrets and Anhingas but this is the first Osprey here in several weeks that I have photographed. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
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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!
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!
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!