View of the some of the fields near the parking area and educational building
Sunnyhill Farm Restoration Area near Weirsdale, FL, (19411 SE Hwy 42), is a spot I occasionally visit to just take in the beautiful river-side prairie swampland scenery. This former working, now park, is huge at over 2,000 acres! Nearly all of the park is kept wild and is inhabited by river animals, prairie swamp animals and a variety of wading birds, ducks, and songbirds.
While we were there, we saw a pair of Sandhill Cranes along the road but there was not a good spot to stop to take the picture of them so we just went along our way (of course when we left the park, the cranes were long gone from the entrance road-way area). My hubby and I spent about an hour walking along river and canal trails and enjoyed ourselves quite a lot yesterday afternoon. The overcast and windy weather was not conducive for bird watching but we managed to spot a few different birds. We saw a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks, a Great Blue Heron, a lone Eastern Bluebird and an Eastern Pewee bird. We hope to go back again soon! It is a lovely spot! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
A Red-shouldered Hawk
A Great Blue Heron
An Eastern Pewee Bird
The Ocklawaha River
A Red-shouldered Hawk
A male Eastern Bluebird
A resting Sandhill Crane
I spotted these birds last Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 at Lake Paradise, as well as on a golf course near Morse and CR 466, here in The Villages, FL. Such fun to get out and watch the various types of birds we have around now. The weather recently has been very windy rainy and cooler. Hopefully I will find time to get out and take a bunch of new photographs to share here soon. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Canada Geese on Lake Paradise
A Double Crested Cormorant on Lake Paradise at Boone Park
Likely a Red-shouldered Hawk at Lake Paradise
Sholom Park in Ocala is such a very beautiful place! It is very serene. That is the purpose of this gorgeous park which is designed for strolling and reflection. It is not a sports or picnic type of place. It is open to the public and is mainly used by the folks from the adjacent On Top of The World development along with those from the Del Webb development. It is open during the day and is free of charge.
While my hubby and I were at the park on Monday, I spotted a male Northern Cardinal bird and a Red-shouldered Hawk. No sign of any owls or Great Blue Herons at all. No sign of the former Great Blue Heron rookery. I think over the past couple of years, stormy weather has taken its toll on the great trees where these wading birds and owls had previously nested. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the image. Enjoy!
I am dedicating this blog post in memory of my late friend Donna who passed away on Easter in California. She will greatly be missed.
Here are some of the scenic views I have photographed around my community here in Marion County, Florida in the last couple of weeks. I hope you enjoy them. By the way, on a side note – I went by Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, FL, on Saturday but saw few of the water birds I had seen back in February. I think there were probably a tenth of the birds there this past weekend than had been there during the Winter months. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger view of that photograph.
Male Northern Cardinal
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Sandhill Crane Family at the Horse Farm Pond Pasture
This Red-shouldered Hawk was perched in a small rather open tree across the street from my home on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The wonderful bird of prey was ignoring me and was busily calling to another hawk in the area. I faintly heard the response since that other hawk was a long way away.
I think the hawk I photographed was not hungry either. I was closer to the bird than I usually have been (far enough away to keep from disturbing the bird) and the bird did not pause or get flighty or leave. I am glad to have gotten these close-up views to share with you here. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
If this Eastern Phoebe could talk in a way you and I could easily understand, it would tell us about the day it witnessed a battle in the skies between a hawk and several rather agitated crows. The action happened on March 9, 2014 in a cattle pasture that I refer to as “The woodpecker colony”.
The Eastern Phoebe was minding its own business, sitting on a barbed wire fence in the cattle pasture when a Red-shouldered Hawk flew by, full-speed! The poor Phoebe almost panicked but soon realized, whew, that the hawk was actually fleeing from a gang of angry Common Crows. The crows set upon that hawk and chased it for several minutes before both the crows and that hawk disappeared out of sight! The Eastern Phoebe and I were then off to other adventures on that late afternoon. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. The Phoebe and I hope you enjoy the photographs and the Phoebe’s short tale.
The Crows and Red-shouldered Hawk were battling close to my house very late in the afternoon on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. In fact, the hawk perched in the top of the large Sycamore Tree in my back yard! The Crows perched across the street in a similar tree. There also were a few other crows in several nearby trees. Lots of noise from all those crows, and the hawk, too! Caws and ear-piercing hawk calls filled the air for several minutes.
The Red-shouldered Hawk was the one that gave up and left. For how long, is the true question! This has been a long-term give and take between the neighborhood Crows and that Hawk. I have been hearing a hawk’s call in the morning most days now. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!