I spotted this Osprey and tracked it while it swooped and dove into Cherry Lake (Lake Sumter) in The Villages, Florida. I was at the lovely little Live Oak Park wooden observation deck over the shoreline. The bird of prey got its fish – probably a perch. This lake is a medium-sized lake and is near the Lake Sumter Landing business and entertainment area here. Some of the lake is residential, but a lot of it is wild marshland on the shore. It is much more full of water than we had seen in previous weeks, thanks to a couple of heavy recent storms. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
White Pelicans, Wood Storks, Great Blue Herons, Osprey, Ring-necked Ducks, Hooded Merganser Ducks, Great Egrets, a Belted Kingfisher, Sandhill Cranes, and a Red-tailed Hawk were all spotted on our neighborhood park lake within the past two weeks. It was amazing! I so enjoy bird watching and it was really fun to see so many different birds here at once. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo. Enjoy!
Red-tailed Hawk in Flight
Great Blue Heron
This Osprey was perched up in a tall Pine Tree on the far shoreline of the little Lake Paradise, across from Paradise Park in The Villages, FL. I took the picture early Friday evening at about 5:30pm. The Osprey was finishing its meal of a fish and after a few minutes, the majestic bird of prey flew off to other adventures!
Osprey, or Sea Eagles, and Sea Hawks as they are sometimes known, are keen hunters of fish, frogs, and the occasional small bird, baby alligator, duckling, gosling, or snake. The Osprey live near bodies of water such as the oceans, lakes or rivers. They prefer fish over most of the other foods I have mentioned. They fish by snatching their prey with their sharp thick talon claws and then they fly up to a tree or tall post and eat. These birds are found all over the United States. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
An Osprey or Sea Hawk/Sea Eagle, was spotted perched on the top of a street light pole near Lake Sumter in The Villages, Florida (near Live Oak Park on Morse Avenue). I saw the big bird of prey a few weeks ago. It was just hanging out resting and after about five minutes, it flew off.
Interestingly, after the Osprey was gone, a Common Crow flew up and took its place. Popular spot! I have also spotted Osprey several times near the nearby area close to the bridges and Sunset Point. Osprey are spectacular fishers and interesting to watch. I was glad to have seen this one. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!
Great Blue Heron, Great Egrets, Snowy Egret, ducks
Five Great Blue Herons, White Pelicans, Great Egrets, Snowy Egret, ducks, Cormorants
White Pelicans, Double Crested Cormorants
Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, American White Pelicans, Double Crested Cormorants, Snowy Egrets, Canada Geese, what looks like a rarely seen Snow Goose, White Ibises, Bufflehead Ducks, Mallard Ducks, an Osprey, Seagulls, and a few Lesser Scaup Ducks were all spotted yesterday afternoon at a wonderful little private park lake, Lake Paradise, at Paradise Park in The Villages, Florida.
Seeing all the numerous birds is very pleasant and is similar to what I used to see at Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, Florida. Mostly the crowd of birds are migratory Winter visitors. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Hen Bufflehead Duck
Probably what is a Snow Goose???
Osprey (Sea Eagle or Sea Hawk)
Great Egrets, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret
Drake (male) Bufflehead Duck
Occasionally I will spot an Osprey or two around the small neighborhood park lake here. The lake recently had a tremendous number of ducks, egrets, ibises, herons, cormorants, anhingas, coots and geese around. These certainly will attract the attention of birds of prey such as the Osprey!
Osprey are usually brown and white but can also be white, grey and black. They are medium to large hawks that live around areas where there is a bit of water such as lakes, rivers, and oceans.
Osprey hunt by swooping onto their prey (often fish), and clutching it with their long, sharp, and curved, talons. Osprey can carry fish and other prey quite a distance. They are often seen in high places such as trees or the top of poles or on cliff edges, eating. They build stick nests also up high, where they raise their young. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!