According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, “Florida has one of the densest concentrations of nesting bald eagles in the lower 48 states, with an estimated 1,500 nesting pairs.” So it comes as no surprise to see them closing in on urban areas, like this individual who seemed right at home in a pine tree next to a busy shopping center.
With some small physiological changes, like more powerful talons, the Loggerhead Shrike would be considered a raptor. As it is, this little guy does very well for itself wreaking havoc amongst the small fauna living in its territory as it forages for prey.
An American Kestrel, North America’s smallest Falcon, along the trail at St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park keeps a sharp-eye out for prey. It did not take long. Within seconds of landing on this perch it dived down into the grass for a moment before coming up with some small creature that it flew away with to eat on a distant pine tree perch.
A lone U.S. Navy Blue Angels Boeing F/A-18 Hornet visited Vero Beach Municipal Airport on 25 November 2019 for a business meeting in preparation for the Vero Beach Air Show on 25 & 26 April 2020 when the Blue Angels flight demonstration team will perform. The Hornet circled the airfield once before landing. The Blue Angels stayed for a few hours before departing. Looking forward to their next visit for the air show!