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!
Migratory ducks, pelicans, cormorants, cranes and more have been spotted here in The Villages, FL, in the last several weeks. So exciting to drive a few miles and visit several ponds teeming with wildlife! Most of our small ponds, lakes, and prairie marshes, have at least a few exotic birds hanging out along the shoreline, so chances are great you will have a successful outing while bird watching! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Northern Shoveler Ducks
Double-crestedCormorants, egrets, white Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Wood Storks
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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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!
Southern Bald Eagles here in The Villages tend to perch on the high tension electric towers and on very large electric poles as well as occasionally in the crowns of taller Live Oak Trees. I spotted these Southern Bald Eagles here at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course and at an area just East of Morse Blvd. on San Pedro. I took these pictures just a few days ago.
The eagles on the San Pedro vicinity tower are a parent and older eaglet. The eaglet was hatched a few months ago. I have photographed both the parent and eaglet a few times now. That eaglet is almost ready to fly off! The eagles at Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course have already finished with this year’s family and are likely resting from that effort. All of these eagles are year-around residents here. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
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
This pair of Florida Southern Bald Eagles is one that I have photographed several times in the past year. These eagles frequently perch on the top of the high tension electric towers on Enrique Drive near the El Santiago golf course here in The Villages, FL. This pair is one of several pairs of the Southern Bald Eagles that are resident all year-long, here in The Villages.
I took these pictures last Saturday late in the afternoon. It was a much cooler day than it has recently been here so the eagles probably did not mind perching on the metal much at all. I expect that the eagles only perch on the towers during cooler times of the day.
These eagles hunt for fish, mice, rats, small ducks, coots, squirrels, smaller rabbits, and snakes among other kinds of animals. The perch is high enough to give the eagles lots of views of the surrounding field and golf course area, in addition to neighborhood shrubbery. I am always thrilled to spot the Bald Eagles! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
This pair of Southern Bald Eagles was spotted on Enrique Drive in The Villages, FL on Tues. night at twilight. We had been out after arriving home from our hurricane evacuation. This pair of eagles was perched on the electric tower and was probably spotting all sorts of prey in the flooded golf course pond area at the El Santiago Golf Course. The weather had been fairly cool so perching on the tower was not unpleasantly hot as it sometimes is for these eagles. Good to see the birds in good condition after the hurricane! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!