This Osprey was perched up in a tall Pine Tree on the far shoreline of the little Lake Paradise, across from Paradise Park in The Villages, FL. I took the picture early Friday evening at about 5:30pm. The Osprey was finishing its meal of a fish and after a few minutes, the majestic bird of prey flew off to other adventures!
Osprey, or Sea Eagles, and Sea Hawks as they are sometimes known, are keen hunters of fish, frogs, and the occasional small bird, baby alligator, duckling, gosling, or snake. The Osprey live near bodies of water such as the oceans, lakes or rivers. They prefer fish over most of the other foods I have mentioned. They fish by snatching their prey with their sharp thick talon claws and then they fly up to a tree or tall post and eat. These birds are found all over the United States. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Yesterday afternoon my husband and I visited the Weichens nature preserve here in The Villages, FL. We saw several really wonderful birds. No squirrels this time as it was hot and very windy out. One has to take their time at this preserve. Because the rules say that visitors need to stay on the sidewalk and boardwalk, the viewing space through the lawn area is pretty distant as far as birds go. The Sherman’s Fox Squirrels usually hang out on the ground near the sidewalk so that is a plus.
Take your time if visiting. Being patient is helpful in that birds often appear out of nowhere and only stay a brief moment or two in one spot. By the way, thanks to a knowledgeable reader, I have identified the hawk I saw yesterday as a Sharp-shinned Hawk. Beautiful bird! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!
Male Common Moorhen
Family of Common Moorhens
Osprey in Flight
Little Blue Heron
Common Moorhen Chick
This Southern Bald Eagle was spotted perching on the top of a high tension electric line tower at the Santiago Golf Course, and Recreation Center in The Villages, Florida. This tower over-looks the large golf course pond which also attracts a lot of wild birds and ducks. So in addition to fish, there seems to be plenty to eat for this eagle.
I think this eagle frequents the tower as I saw the same bird in the same place two evenings in a row. I photographed the bird at about 7:00pm on May 18-19, 2016. By the way, I have heavily cropped the photographs so you can more easily see the bird. I so enjoy seeing the amazing amount of wildlife here in The Villages! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of that photo. Enjoy!
An Osprey or Sea Hawk/Sea Eagle, was spotted perched on the top of a street light pole near Lake Sumter in The Villages, Florida (near Live Oak Park on Morse Avenue). I saw the big bird of prey a few weeks ago. It was just hanging out resting and after about five minutes, it flew off.
Interestingly, after the Osprey was gone, a Common Crow flew up and took its place. Popular spot! I have also spotted Osprey several times near the nearby area close to the bridges and Sunset Point. Osprey are spectacular fishers and interesting to watch. I was glad to have seen this one. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!
This pair of Red-shouldered Hawks has moved into the neighborhood here where I live. We have been seeing the birds of prey here for the past week. I think they are now in the process of nest building. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Red-shouldered Hawks paid my yard a visit on October 5, 2015. I was in my kitchen when I heard hawks calling from a very close distance. I have three very large Oak Trees in my back yard so I knew that the hawks may be landing in one of those trees.
These are the first hawks I have seen in my neighborhood in Lake County, Florida since my husband and I moved here a few months ago. We mostly see the wading birds and a few songbirds. My overall neighborhood (except the parks) does not have a lot of large trees which is one reason why the birds of prey are not around much.
I grabbed my camera and went to the yard but the birds had taken wing by the time I arrived. I think it was a female being pursued by two males. The birds swiftly flew around the neighborhood before leaving for other places. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that image. Enjoy!
Yesterday afternoon I spotted what is likely an immature Cooper’s Hawk. I think this bird has been around the neighborhood for a few months now. We had a tremendous thunderstorm earlier in the morning so there is now a bit of water in the basin across the street from my home. This bird was first seen on the lawn at the side of the basin and then in a low tree at the far end of that same basin. After a brief minute, the hawk flew away. Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger picture. Enjoy!