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Update on the Bald Eagle Family

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

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A Pair of Southern Bald Eagles

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!

Bald Eagles

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!

 

Big Birds at the El Santiago Pond in The Villages, FL

Bald Eagles, Osprey, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Wood Storks, Anhingas, Little Blue Herons, Trio-colored Herons, White Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Double-crested Cormorants, Sandhill Cranes, Mottled Ducks, Muscovy Ducks, Mallard Ducks and Black-bellied Whistling Ducks all have been spotted at the lovely pond at the El Santiago Golf Course in The Villages, Fl this year.

I often can spot several larger birds here and am usually rewarded with good sightings.  There is easy access to the pond from Enrique Drive or the recreation center’s parking lot.  By the way, the Bald Eagles sometimes perch on the electric line towers both on the golf course and just down the street.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

A Pair of Southern Bald Eagles

These two Southern Bald Eagles were spotted way up on the top of a high tension electric tower on Enrique Drive across from the El Santiago golf course pond in The Villages, Florida yesterday afternoon.

Southern Bald Eagles are slightly more slender and a tiny bit shorter than other Bald Eagles here in The United States.  Like the other Bald Eagles, these birds of prey love eating fish, coots, other types of small waterfowl and rodents such as mice, young rabbits and squirrels.

Bald Eagles often build two nests up on the towers or in the tops of Cypress Trees, Pines, or Oaks.  They use one nest to rear their chicks and have another as an emergency back-up in case of disaster.   I did not see a nest associated with this pair but I would not be surprised if they are in the process of building their nest soon.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that picture.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

Juvenile Southern Bald Eagle

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This Southern Bald Eagle was spotted perched up in a tall Cypress Tree along an almost deserted rural road near the Lower Suwannee Wildlife Refuge (Road 326).  I happened to see the eagle while we were driving and asked my husband, the driver, to stop so I could perhaps get some pictures of the bird.  We stopped along the side of the road and I walked  on the road from a distance, and got these pictures.  The eagle was a juvenile as it is a mottled brown with lots of white feathers on its body.  As the eagle matures it changes into the more recognizable brown and white coloring that most people know of.

I took these pictures on November 15, 2014 when we were visiting Cedar Key and the Lower Suwannee Wildlife Refuge (fairly close to Cedar Key).  I really love seeing Bald Eagles and am quite glad to have seen one of the reported 17+ pairs of Bald Eagles that live in this area.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Bald Eagles at Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge

While we were at the State of Tennessee’s nice wildlife refuge at Hiwassee on 12/24/11, we saw three  eagles.  Two of these eagles were definitely Bald Eagles.   The other  eagle may have been a Golden Eagle or a juvenile Bald Eagle.  The eagles were  there because of the abundant waterfowl, fish in the lake, and huge numbers of cranes.  This is the Winter home for the Sand Hill and Whooping Cranes.  The Bald Eagles also hunt for small rodents in the forests and corn fields along the small lake.

The viewing platform was quite a ways away from the lake where the Bald Eagles flew.  We have Bald Eagles here in the Winter months in Eastern-Middle Tennessee.   Some pairs of eagles also live in the region all year around.   Both genders of Bald Eagles pretty much look the same.  The juvenile Bald Eagles are largely brown and black with touches of white.  Golden Eagles are brownish with golden highlights.  From a long distance, both the juvenile Bald Eagles and the Golden Eagles look very similar.   I get absolutely thrilled to see Bald Eagles and was overjoyed to also see the cranes!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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