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.
This seems to be the year of the Eagle. Wherever I go, there they are! Better take advantage of the opportunities when they present themselves. This juvenile Bald Eagle was perched atop a power pole right alongside a very busy road in the southern part of Indian River County. Not the most natural setting but this what wildlife will have to increasingly contend with. The new natural. Very sad.
A winter storm moved across Florida bringing copious amounts of rain that everyone stoically endured including this soggy Bald Eagle in the rural southern part of Indian River County. Photo taken using the car as a blind and a place to stay dry out of the rain.
Caught this Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) perched atop a power pole overlooking Florida State Road A1A near Sebastian Inlet State Park under ominously cloudy skies. Eventually, the big bird flew off toward the nearby ocean where it was lost from sight beyond the dune and tall seagrapes.
Photos from the FMEL-ORCA conservation stewardship class walk through the overgrown South ORCA scrub on Saturday afternoon, 7 February 2015. I did not hold out much hope of seeing birds, which kept the class focus on the plants, but was happily surprised to see this Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus [Coragyps, “raven vulture” in Greek; stratus, dressed for mourning]) perched atop a dead tree trunk. Note the gaping hole in the trunk, most likely caused by a Woodpecker cavity rotting out. […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: Bald Eagle, Black Vulture, Cathartes aura, Coragyps atratus, Florida, Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, FMEL, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Indian River County, Indian River Lagoon, ORCA, Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area, Oslo Road, South ORCA, Turkey Vulture
Those who stuck around long enough after the field trip portion of Saturday’s Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory-Pelican Island Audubon Society conservation stewardship class were treated to the sight of two adult Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) and a juvenile Bald Eagle soaring overhead above the Audubon House located at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area. Juvenile Bald Eagles, like the one pictured above, don’t attain the classic Bald Eagle appearance until four to five years of age when they molt into their […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: Audubon House, Bald Eagle, Eagle, Florida, Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, FMEL, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Indian River County, ORCA, Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area, Oslo Road, Pelican Island Audubon Society, PIAS, UF, University of Florida, Vero Beach
I rarely take pictures from an automobile even though that particular method is touted as being a good mobile blind for bird photography. Today, though, turned out to be the exception to the rule as can be seen in these images of a juvenile Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) I was able to take on the drive to my mother’s home in the country this afternoon. Turning onto the country lane leading to my mother’s house I glimpsed through the trees […]