A Southern Bald Eagle and its eaglet baby were spotted in their nest high on an electric high tension line tower on the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course here in The Villages, Florida. This nest is on the multi-modal path that runs up the middle of the courses.
It is the first time I have spotted an eaglet with the parent eagle. It was a very tender scene as the eaglet seems pretty young. The other parent eagle was likely out hunting for food such as fish, coots, or small rodents like rats or squirrels. There seems to be a lot of opportunities for finding food here in our area with the many lakes, ponds, and open spaces.
I was so happy to have seen the eagles yesterday when these pictures were taken! Please click on the thumbnail images to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Bald Eagles nesting in the high tension electric towers; Double-crested Cormorants perched on pilings in a pond; A Little Blue Heron on the hunt in a drainage ditch; a cute little Pied-billed Grebe; Ring-Necked and Lesser Scaup Ducks on a local golf pond; and a small flock of Mallard Ducks on the banks of Lake Paradise were all spotted last week in The Villages, Florida!
We have an amazing variety of birds here now. We get many migratory birds down from the Midwest and other regions of North America. Such fun to get out to our many ponds and small lakes to see what species has come to visit on any particular day! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Bald Eagle near it’s nest
Little Blue Heron
Ring-Necked and Lesser Scaup Ducks
Bald Eagle on it’s Nest
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Great Blue Heron
The North Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, Apopka, FL, visit last Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, was a huge success! I enjoyed seeing a lot of birds and alligators. Here are the last few photographs I enjoyed taking. I hope you will enjoy seeing these beautiful birds! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.
Anhinga in Flight
Little Blue Heron
Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of the photo. I took these pictures in The Villages, FL on July 1, 2018. Wishing everyone a happy Independence Day!
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
When I was taking photographs of the Purple Gallinule and the American Alligator the other day at the lovely little nature park in Leesburg, Florida, I saw a trio of Little Blue Herons. One was an adult in the typical purple-blue coloring of breeding season, one of the Little Blue Herons was a transitional older juvenile in the process of turning blue, and the last was the juvenile in white phase, which was the youngest of all three of the birds.
I also spotted four Osprey, a Great Egret, a few Anhingas, and a few small songbirds like Red-winged Blackbirds, and Common Grackles while I was at Bourlay Nature Park. This park has a short hiking trail along Lake Griffin and a small wooden pier for bird watching. There also seems to be a kayak landing area and a nature talk sitting area. There is a small parking lot and restrooms as well. This park is just about a half mile or so East of Highway 441 on Canal Street. I enjoyed about a half-hour there as it was at dusk and there were Alligators in the area. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Little Blue Herons