A pair of Southern Bald Eagles is nesting on an electric tower in The Villages, Florida near Morse Blvd. off of San Marino. I have photographed this pair a few times now. I think this is the same pair that nested in the same tower last year! The tower is near a pond, and a huge open field so there is plenty of food and water nearby for the eagles.
I have heavily cropped the pictures so you can see the eagles better. I was about a block away from the tower and used my 300mm lens for the shots.
I so enjoy following the growth of the family of eagles and can’t wait to see the young when they hatch and are large enough to be seen peeking out of the nest! By the way, while I was taking the pictures, the eagle on the nest signaled for a relief change and the other partner swooped down to take its place. Such loving cooperation! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Southern Bald Eagle
Common Moorhens, a lovely Purple Gallinule, and a few male Boat-tailed Grackles (in blue-black feather finery) were spotted at the Sharon Rose Wiechens Nature Preserve in The Villages, FL, last Tuesday. I also saw a smallish alligator and a couple of Anhingas in the distance. Up on the high tension electrical tower, I spotted a Southern Bald Eagle. I also saw a mockingbird on the wooden observation tower railing. I have occasionally seen eagles on that tower in past years. Our Winter birds are beginning to arrive here and it is very exciting to see many more birds around the community! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Male Boat-tailed Grackle
Hen Common Moorhen
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Southern Bald Eagles were spotted on the huge electric tower near Morse Blvd. and Rio Grande here in The Villages, Florida, several days ago on a very cloudy early evening. I took these pictures from locations on two different residential streets near the tower. I also have cropped the pictures a lot to best show the birds (I took the pictures from quite a long way off).
This may be the same pair that was nesting on the tower last Spring. I tend to think so. Unfortunately for the birds, the nest was somehow destroyed by high winds just after the eaglets fledged last season. I have not seen a nest appear yet but have seen the birds twice up there on that tower so it is likely that they will rebuild the nest.
I also expect to see a second nest somewhere close by as a back-up nest. Two nests are the norm for many Bald Eagles. Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy! P.S. By the way, I do apologize for taking so long to post as my computer has been in the repair shop getting a new battery. Wildlifewatcher
This pair of Southern Bald Eagles was spotted on Enrique Drive in The Villages, FL on Tues. night at twilight. We had been out after arriving home from our hurricane evacuation. This pair of eagles was perched on the electric tower and was probably spotting all sorts of prey in the flooded golf course pond area at the El Santiago Golf Course. The weather had been fairly cool so perching on the tower was not unpleasantly hot as it sometimes is for these eagles. Good to see the birds in good condition after the hurricane! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
A Pied-billed Grebe
The Sharon Wiechens Nature Preserve in The Villages is a community treasure of a place! I really enjoy visiting this lake-side preserve here. I made a short trip there yesterday afternoon and saw quite a few different birds. I spotted two Southern Bald Eagles; a Pied Billed Grebe; a flying hen Mallard Duck; a Great Egret; a Glossy Ibis; a nesting Moorhen; and a few Boat-tailed Grackles.
I also saw a few Common Coots there at the preserve. Usually I spot something different when we visit each time. There is a fantastic boardwalk deck overlook which loops around into the lake itself over the shallow marsh. I also occasionally go up onto the wooden observation deck structure for a quick look around. I did not see any Sherman’s Fox Squirrels this trip. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
A Great Egret
Male Boat-tailed Grackles
A Glossy Ibis
Southern Bald Eagles (From a distance)
A Hen Mallard
Common Moorhen on its Nest
These two Southern Bald Eagles were spotted way up on the top of a high tension electric tower on Enrique Drive across from the El Santiago golf course pond in The Villages, Florida yesterday afternoon.
Southern Bald Eagles are slightly more slender and a tiny bit shorter than other Bald Eagles here in The United States. Like the other Bald Eagles, these birds of prey love eating fish, coots, other types of small waterfowl and rodents such as mice, young rabbits and squirrels.
Bald Eagles often build two nests up on the towers or in the tops of Cypress Trees, Pines, or Oaks. They use one nest to rear their chicks and have another as an emergency back-up in case of disaster. I did not see a nest associated with this pair but I would not be surprised if they are in the process of building their nest soon. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that picture. Enjoy!