Probably a Red-shouldered Hawk
A Snowy Egret, a couple of Great Blue Herons, and surprisingly, a hawk (probably a Red Shouldered Hawk but hard to tell) were all spotted here in The Villages, Florida, last evening at about 5:30.
I spotted the egret at Lake Paradise, the Great Blue Herons at Lake Paradise and Lake Mira-mar, and the hawk at a lamp-post on Morse Blvd. near Rio Grande. Always fun to spot the hawks as they are not as frequently seen as are all the big wading and water birds here. I also spotted several Wood Storks which I will feature in a coming post. Always something to see here! So much fun! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
A Bald Eagle, Great Egret, a Sand Hill Crane, a hawk, two Turkey Vultures, and an Osprey were all spotted yesterday during my brief visit to the Paynes Prairie Preserve overlook on highway 441, just South of Gainesville, Florida. I enjoy going there to try and do a bit of bird and critter watching. I did not spot any American Alligators or any snakes. It is very hit and miss what will be seen on any particular day. I did not get good pictures of the Osprey on its nest or the vultures so I decided not to include those shots here.
By the way, most of the time, the critters are spotted a long way off so having a long lens or binoculars is a good idea there. Also be sure to look for the birds of prey on the electric poles across the road as that is often where some may be found. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
When you think of hawks, you imagine these strong and majestic birds soaring in the skies or even perched on a stout branch of a tall tree. Well, it may come as a surprise to some people, but hawks get hot and thirsty and dirty sometimes. When needing to cool-off from the hot Summer temperatures here in North-Central Florida, hawks sometimes will take a dip in the nearest pond or lake or stream.
I was pretty shocked to find a hawk (I can’t say which kind it is – likely a Red-shouldered Hawk) standing chest deep in the rainfall retention pond along-side the golf course near a main roadway here in our development. I usually see Ibis or Egrets in that spot but never a wading hawk. I took these pictures from the open window of my pick-up truck on July 20, 2014. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy! Have an outstanding weekend!
A Killdeer, several Turkey Vultures, and a Hawk (Red-shouldered???), were all seen in the development where I live on December 4, 2013 in the late afternoon. I also spotted a large flock of birds, likely also Killdeer. The Turkey Vultures, often nicknamed “Buzzards”, were circling and soaring. There were three of these large vultures and only one ventured low in the sky.
The Hawk was perched with its back to me, in a small tree. It probably was just resting. The Killdeer was spotted along a section of the golf course fairway near the road. I sure enjoy seeing the broad variety of birds here in Marion County, Florida. More birds are on the way South. I am very interested to find out which birds I will see next. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Here are a few pictures I have recently taken in my neighborhood. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. Enjoy!
A Red-tailed Hawk unwisely decided to invade the territory of the small flock of Common Crows here. The Common Crows were loudly “Caw-caw-caw-ing” for all they were worth yesterday when I stepped outside into the yard. I noticed that the commotion was happening in the cow pasture across the pond. There were about five crows. I then saw the Red-tailed Hawk soaring way up in the skies above the large pasture and over through the woods towards the nearby lake.
The crows really gave the hawk a hard time with much noise and swooping attacks. They ganged up on the hawk but did so in single and duo attacks. Crows are quite territorial and will defend against most other birds. I took the pictures here in the yard on Sept. 9, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!