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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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Big Birds at Tuscawilla Park, Ocala, FL

 

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Common Cormorants and White Pelican

Common Cormorants and White Pelican

 

White Pelican, Wood Ducks, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

White Pelican, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Wood Ducks, Cormorants

 

Here are photos of some of the many water birds I spotted at Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, FL on February 4, 2015.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Black Vultures

Black Vultures

Great Egret

Great Egret

Wood Stork and Seagulls

Wood Stork and Seagulls

 

Pelicans, Wood Storks, Great Egret

Pelicans, Wood Storks, Great Egret

Wood Ducks in Flight

Wood Ducks in Flight

Hooded Merganser Ducks

Hooded Merganser Ducks

Wood Ducks and Hooded Mergansers at Tuscawilla Park

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Wood Ducks and Hooded Mergansers were among the many migratory birds I saw at Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, FL, on January 20, 2015, and January 23, 2015.  One of the hen Wood Ducks was unusually light colored, a “Leucastic” coloring.

There were just a handful of each of the Wood Ducks and the Hooded Mergansers among the throng of Black Bellied Whistling Ducks and a few domestic Muscovy and Pekin Ducks that are year around park ducks.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Tuscawilla Park’s Whistlers

 

 

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I spotted these Black Bellied Whistling Ducks at the Tuscawilla Park near downtown Ocala, FL, on three recent days.   These ducks are so very cute with pinkish bills and pink feet.  They have brown and tan bodies with a small amount of black and white.  I was quite thrilled to have seen them.  The Whistlers are migratory Winter visitors.

The Whistlers are dabbling ducks and eat a variety of grains, aquatic plants, insects, worms, and occasional tiny aquatic animals.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Birds at Tuscawilla Park, Ocala, FL

White Ibis

White Ibis

 

White Pelicans

White Pelicans

Common Cormorants

Common Cormorant

 

While I was at Tuscawilla Park in Ocala on Jan. 15, 2015, I saw a lot more birds than just the Wood Storks.  I was thrilled by seeing many American White Ibis, at least twenty American White Pelicans, a few Common Coots, a lot of Common Cormorants, and a Great Egret or two.  Yes, I also saw about a hundred Black Bellied Whistling Ducks (I’ll save those pictures of Whistlers for another post).  There also were several resident park ducks such as Muscovy Ducks and Pekin Ducks.

The sheer number of large birds at this older city park was amazing!   I believe that there are (or were) many fish in the two ponds as the park has a catch and release fishing policy.  Nearly all of these birds are migratory visitors to the park.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph.  Enjoy!

Common Cormorant

Common Cormorant

Common Coot

Common Coot

Ibis and Sea Gull (brown and white Ibis is a juvenile)

White Ibis and Sea Gull (brown and white Ibis is a juvenile)

 

White Pelicans with a Common Cormorant

White Pelicans with a Common Cormorant

Great Egret and White Pelican

Great Egret and White Pelican

American White Ibis

American White Ibis

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