Southern Bald Eagles have established several active nests here in The Villages, Florida. Most of the eagles in The Villages, nest on tall electric power line towers.
One family of Southern Bald Eagles with two older eaglets, has a nest in the middle of the Nancy Lopez Legacy golf course right in the center on the golf cart multi-modal trail. Soon the older eaglets at Nancy Lopez Golf will be fledging. Will be interesting to see that happen. Those eaglets have grown a lot in the last couple of weeks since I was last there to visit.
The other nest that I tend to visit is near Morse Blvd. and San Marino (San Pedro has a good view) but several blocks to the East. That nest has eggs that have not yet hatched. The eagles have plenty of food sources here with many open fields, ponds, marshes, and lakes. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that particular photo. Enjoy!
Bald Eagles are nesting now and some of the chicks are now older and are considered as juveniles. Tonight at dusk, I photographed a family of Southern Bald Eagles on the nest and perched on a high tension electric line here in The Villages, FL. This nest is on the tower that is behind the heron, egret, and ibis roost to the East of Morse Blvd. just South of Rio Grande.
I am sorry about the quality of the photographs as it was getting dark and the birds were a fair distance off. I took some of the photographs from a different street which was on the opposite side of the tower. I have cropped and lightened up the pictures so you can more easily see these majestic birds. The juveniles are a brown color with a few smaller patches of white coming through where they will eventually have white colors (head, and tail mostly). It was such a thrilling sight to see the mother or father bird with two juveniles (one in the nest and one on and off of the nest). Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the 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!