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!
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!
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!
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!
This morning I was thrilled to catch a quick glimpse of a majestic Bald Eagle high in the sky fishing in our 101 acre private community lake here in Cumberland County, Tennessee. This Eagle was flying very fast along the opposite shoreline from my home. I did not get good shots due to the distance and quick flight of this regal bird. I think it may have just caught its fish and flew off. It has been many months since I have seen a Bald Eagle here on the lake. According to Tennessee Wildlife officials, there may be as many as eight Bald Eagles in the greater area of my large forested community. We have several large and small lakes with other areas of small farms nearby. There is abundant wildlife so that is a factor in why Eagles would make the area their home.
Yesterday’s game answers: 1. Eastern Bluebird and Male Downy Woodpecker; 2. Northern Cardinal; 3. Pileated Woodpecker, and 4. Raccoon. I hope you found this game fun. I promise that it will be quite awhile before I post yet another such game. I took these pictures from my deck on August 7, 2011. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
A Juvenile Bald Eagle has been flying around and also briefly perching in trees quite near my home in recent days. This particular Bald Eagle is likely about a year old. The Bald Eagle is just now showing its almost adult color pattern but still has a lot of speckled white on it. The Bald Eagles here are attracted by the population of American Coots, Bufflehead Ducks, and the abundant fish in the lake. There also are a more than a few other tasty Eagle foods such as Grey Squirrels, Chipmunks, and Mourning Doves. The Eagle has not come with any regularity as to time of day. It was here three different times yesterday and flew by very fast this morning at about 7:30. I am showing two very different photographs of the Bald Eagle here. One is where the Bald Eagle actually is flying almost sideways with its feet straight out to the right. The other is a very interesting picture with the Bald Eagle flying very close by a flag pole with both the U.S. and Tennessee state flags flying! That is a sight not often seen! It always is a thrilling sight to see the Bald Eagles here. We have had four breeding pairs and now, it seems, we have at least one young Bald Eagle added to that count. I have only been seeing this particular Juvenile Bald Eagle for the past week here. Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Flock of Coots and Flying Bald Eagle
We have a pair of Bald Eagles that are now scouting and hunting here on our 101 acre private community lake. The Bald Eagles were sitting in my next door neighbor’s tree yesterday morning (12-1-10) at about 11:00 AM. I got a few pictures of the perched Eagles. One of these same Bald Eagles was out hunting for American Coots or small animals such as Chipmunks, that afternoon at about 3:30 PM. That Eagle perched across the lake and my pictures of that Eagle were not as crisp due to the distance. You will note in the one photo I took of the Eagle flying, that the Eagle was quite close to a flock of rather terrified American Coots! As far as I know, the Eagle did not get a Coot on that occasion.
I have been told by an official with the local TN Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources Agency office, that there are likely four nesting pairs of Bald Eagles in my community. It is a joy seeing the big birds each and every time here! Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.
I was with a good friend the other day and she saw a couple of Bald Eagles flying low over the lake. I managed to get some pictures taken. The Eagles were no doubt hunting as there was a flock of American Coots nearby. There are four nesting pairs of Bald Eagles in the area of my community. Although the Bald Eagles live in the area, they are not frequently seen here on our lake. The Bald Eagles will also hunt for fish, very small animals and other smaller birds. The Eagles “Grab and go” when hunting. The Eagles swoop down on the prey and grab fast with the long strong talon claws. The Eagle will carry the prey with its very thick talons. I was very happy to see this brief visit of the Eagles on the lake in back of my home on 11/11/10 in the morning. I do apologize for posting this so late – I have a houseguest and I just got side-tracked. Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture. Enjoy!