Orange beak duck and the red-eyed devils at Philippe Park.

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After leaving the Safety Harbor fishing pier, I headed over to Philippe Park to see what was swimming around the inlet there. First thing I noticed was the red breasted merganser. This is the first one I’ve seen this winter.

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She was alone but there were a few horned grebes a little farther out.

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The red-eyed devils had arrived for the winter. They were my  first horned grebe sighting this season. They were swimming far out in the water.

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Last winter they hung around the fishing pier but this winter they seem to be farther north.

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From the park, I could see a lone eagle sitting far out in the middle of the bay on top of a utility tower.

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Is that a burp? Yawn? Was it calling for its mate?

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Later I saw the above fly over the trees away from me.  I hope it’s the same eagle as the one on the tower and the mate is off sitting on eggs.

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It was a beautiful weekend before the holidays.