A “quicky” before lunch.

I was standing on the edge of the lake at Chesnut Park looking around for ducks when an eagle started circling around me. It landed high in the cypress trees along the lake.

Not a great view but I could still see it through the branches. A juvenile eagle flew by and the adult eagle started screaming.

The young eagle landed in the tree right in front of me, several trees away from where the adult eagle was sitting.

A few minutes later another adult eagle landed into the tree and in a quick moment, mated. I was bummed that I couldn’t get a clear view with so many branches in the way. I would have had to go swimming in the lake to get a better view and there’s a lot of gators in that lake. A few minutes later all of the eagles took off in the other direction and I was standing there like “What just happened?” I’m not sure where they nest at this lake but I had heard over the years that it’s not in a visible location.

Birds at Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park

Nested season had already started for the great blue herons at Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park. Some were just starting to work on nests, some were still showing off for their mate and some were already sitting on eggs.

Resident pelicans.

The permanently injured resident white morph great blue heron was showing his breeding colors in his beak.  The colors were really pretty against his white neck.

A caracara yelling at something. It’s rare to see a caracara in the Tampa bay area so this is a new bird for a lot of people They can usually be found more inland in central Florida. unfortunately this bird is here because he was injured out in the wild and lost a wing.

An eagle with a missing wing.

A wild phoebe flew right in front of me and posed so I had to take his picture.

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A turtle convention at the Botanical Gardens

Turtles of all sizes were out basking in the sun in early March.

A beautiful swallowtail posing for me on a blade of grass.

A snowy egret was shuffling his feet trying to scare up a snack while anhingas, both male and females,  were posing all of the gardens.

A young juvenile eagle was flying high up over my head.

Lots of critters at the Florida Botanical Gardens in early March.

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Two parks in one morning.

I headed out to Chesnut Park first and saw the usual critters above before heading to Philippe Park nearby.

While waiting for the baby owl to wake up I walked up the small hill that sits on the water. The small hill is a Tocabaga Indian mound and is the largest remaining mound in the Tampa Bay region. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Landmarks. The view is beautiful at the top. While standing there a juvenile eagle flew right over my head.

SkyWatch Friday

A few eagle sightings over the years – Skywatch Friday

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My first up close eagle sighting. I had seen them from far away at Honeymoon Island. I stopped at a cemetery thinking I probably wouldn’t see anything and this is what I saw. This was early December 2010.

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February 2012, I was walking down Alligator Alley trail at Circle B Bar Reserve and saw the above staring at me from behind the moss.

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November 2013, this juvenile eagle flew right over my head. Maybe he was born earlier that spring.

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October, 2012, an eagle flies by right on a busy road in the Tampa Bay area.

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Spring 2014, a parent lands near the nest.

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He didn’t stay long. Took off again to look for food before dark.

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Spring 2014, a baby showing off for his parent.

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A permanently injured resident at Homosassa Springs Park.

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Happy 4th of July! I’m outta here.

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Here blurry kitty – Skywatch Friday

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“I want to fly like an eagle, to the sea.”

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“Fly like an eagle, let my spirit carry me” (by Steve Miller band).

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“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas.” The only way that will happen is if these guys poop on me as they fly over my head.

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“Mellow Yellow.”

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“Pretty in pink.”

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“When you wish upon a star.”

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“Just me … and my shadow.”

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I’m thinking this is a red tailed hawk instead of a red shoulder hawk. The red shoulder hawk would have stripes on his tail. Any ideas?

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My first real bobcat sighting and I blew it. I was taking pictures of something else, I can’t even remember what it was now, when I saw something move out of the corner of my eye. My camera settings were all wrong so all I got is this blurry shot.

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By the time I fixed my settings, this was all I got. My first bobcat butt shot!

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It was all over in seconds. He headed down into the ditch and I lost sight of him. I looked for him for at least a half hour softly saying “Here kitty.” but no sign of him again.

Eagles and a bobcat in one day. It was a good morning even though my bobcat pictures turned out blurry. The weather was perfect and not many people out on the trail at Circle B Bar Reserve in early November. I’m going to keep going back this winter and looking for that bobcat again.

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Birds of prey at Fort Desoto – Skywatch Friday

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I was in the woods looking for little yellow birds and looked up and saw this kestrel watching me.

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Walking down the east beach trail, I interrupted this osprey eating his breakfast.

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I said “Relax, I’m not going to steal your stinky fish.”

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He still yelled at me. I don’t know why he picked a low branch on a busy trail during a busy spring migration weekend.

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He took off and flew around in a circle with his half eaten fish and landed on a higher up branch.

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Later that morning I was standing at the north beach roped area and was talking to some other photogs about the shorebirds all flying off and someone yelled “Look over your heads.” Duh, the shorebirds had flushed because the above juvenile bald eagle had just circled the area.

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Upclose. We think this is the new baby that was born earlier this year at the park. The eagles nest high up in a utility tower in the park. He circled around the roped off area a few times and then flew over the trees and was gone. I guess he figured those shorebirds were harder to get than he originally thought.

Just a few birds I saw on my morning walk at Fort Desoto in early April.

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