Bald Eagles are so majestic! I have spotted five Southern Bald Eagles in the last week here in Northern Florida. I spotted one Bald Eagle in its nest on the top of an electric tower near Paynes Prairie State Preserve on Highway 441 on February 6, 2015; a pair of Bald Eagles at the Guana River Wildlife Management Area off of the coastal highway A-1A, near St. Augustine, Florida, and another pair of Bald Eagles at Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, Florida on February 11, 2015.
It is thrilling to see these wonderful birds of prey! The Southern Bald Eagles are numerous here in Florida. The Bald Eagles eat fish, rodents, small birds, and sometimes small animals. They love to eat Coots, which are a rail bird that looks like a duck. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy! Have a happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow!
This is the Guana Wildlife Management Area near St. Augustine, Florida along the Coastal Highway, A-1-A. There is an education center that I did not go to, and a number of hiking trails through the forested areas. Most of the area that I could see was the area of the Guana River marshes. There are apparently Alligators and Manatees there at the marsh but I did not see these while I was there.
I did see a lot of people having big success fishing from the shore near the parking lot. I also saw a few Snowy Egrets, a lot of Grackles, several Terns and Gulls, and a magnificent Osprey (Friday’s blog post here). The area is posted with warnings about how Alligators can be dangerous to those wading along the shore. I did see a couple of younger men standing in the shallow area of the river while fishing, but thankfully for them, no Alligators were around. I hope to get back to see more of this beautiful large marsh park. I took these pictures on Sept. 11, 2013. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger pictures. Enjoy!