This Red-shouldered Hawk has recently moved into my neighborhood. Transitory flocks of Cedar Waxwings are here feasting on the last of the Holly Berries, so it may be having many smaller birds nearby is what attracted this hawk to the neighborhood. There also will soon be new ducklings at our neighborhood park lake. Our neighborhood has many large trees which also suits the hawks.
This hawk was photographed on the front lawn of a home, and was looking at and consuming a very small bit of prey – likely a small mouse. These birds of prey are carnivorous and hunt for small rodents, snakes, lizards, songbirds, ducklings, and eggs. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
A pair of Southern Bald Eagles and their two eaglets were spotted on the nest up on the high tension electric line tower at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course here in The Villages, Florida on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. This nest is along the multi-modal trail near the Mulberry Dog Park.
The parent eagles have used this nest for a few seasons now. The two eaglets are about ready to fledge and fly away. That is likely to happen in the next week or maybe two weeks as the eaglets were flapping their wings and sitting on the outer edge of their nest area.
Bald Eagles eat fish, and smaller rodents. There are a few ponds on the golf course and of course there are rabbits and squirrels, too for a tasty meal. I saw evidence of the dropped skeletal remains of such plus a few dropped feathers, when I was under the tower trying to find a good idea of where to take these photos. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Southern Bald Eagles are pairing up and sizing up the various electric high tension line tower here in The Villages, FL these days. This pair were on the tower in the center of the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course along the multi-modal path. I took these pictures at various times last couple of weeks and once earlier in the Spring (blue sky).
Whenever I see a Bald Eagle, I always think of how grateful I am to all of our wonderful service Veterans! Thank you for your service if you are a Veteran! Wishing everyone a very happy Veteran’s Day!
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Great Blue Heron
Is this a Red-tailed Hawk or is the bird pictured here Red-shouldered Hawk? I will say it has yellow eyes so maybe it is a younger adult or older juvenile. It appeared to be pretty large in size. I took the photographs on Saturday June 20, 2019 in The Villages, Florida on CR 466, East of Buena Vista a bit.
I am mystified as to which hawk this is. I am leaning toward Red-shouldered as that is the species I see most of here in my community, but it can go either way. I did not see the bird from the front but only that side view as photographed here. I cropped the bottom picture a bit for better view. Please weigh-in if you have a good idea. Many thanks! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
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In memory of those who died in the service of the country. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.
This pair of Southern Bald Eagles has nested and raised two families this year alone. The pair have their nest on an electric tower in the center of the lovely Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course here in The Villages, Florida. This area is accessible via golf cart on the multi-modal path.
It appears the couple is repairing or remodeling their nest. Perhaps they are trying to ready their nest for a new clutch of eggs? Who knows? This nest is close to several ponds and open fields so food is plentiful. There also are larger trees and electric towers for the high perches eagles seem to prefer. A good habitat for raising eaglets! By the way, I took these pictures at about 6:00pm on Friday evening, May 3, 2019. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!