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The Beauty of Eagles

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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!

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An Hour at Paynes Prairie

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Sandhill Cranes and Ducks

Sandhill Cranes and Ducks

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

My husband and I went to Paynes Prairie State Preserve, near Gainesville, Florida, and spent about an hour looking for birds on Saturday, January 31, 2015.  We were at the Highway 441 Overlook.  While there, I spotted many different large birds.  The nice thing about this overlook, is that it is free.  Sometimes there will be a lot to see, and other times, not so much, but it is a pleasant spot.

One of the birders I met, told me that a good spot to see Sand Hill Cranes in Gainesville, is the cattle yard of the University of Florida on Williston Road.  We drove by the cattle yard but it was getting dark and the cranes were leaving for their roosts elsewhere.  I plan to go back to that cattle yard during the daytime.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Sharp-shinned Hawk

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