This pair of Southern Bald Eagles has nested and raised two families this year alone. The pair have their nest on an electric tower in the center of the lovely Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course here in The Villages, Florida. This area is accessible via golf cart on the multi-modal path.
It appears the couple is repairing or remodeling their nest. Perhaps they are trying to ready their nest for a new clutch of eggs? Who knows? This nest is close to several ponds and open fields so food is plentiful. There also are larger trees and electric towers for the high perches eagles seem to prefer. A good habitat for raising eaglets! By the way, I took these pictures at about 6:00pm on Friday evening, May 3, 2019. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Southern Bald Eagles here in The Villages tend to perch on the high tension electric towers and on very large electric poles as well as occasionally in the crowns of taller Live Oak Trees. I spotted these Southern Bald Eagles here at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course and at an area just East of Morse Blvd. on San Pedro. I took these pictures just a few days ago.
The eagles on the San Pedro vicinity tower are a parent and older eaglet. The eaglet was hatched a few months ago. I have photographed both the parent and eaglet a few times now. That eaglet is almost ready to fly off! The eagles at Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course have already finished with this year’s family and are likely resting from that effort. All of these eagles are year-around residents here. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
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!
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