Archive for March, 2010

Bald Eagle, originally uploaded by bmthomas.

We visited the Sarasota County Landfill Pinelands Reserve while we were in Florida. For the most part I was unimpressed. However there is an Eagle Nest very close to the birding path. There were two adults and at least one baby while we were there. One parent always seemed to stand guard while the other hunted. There were opportunities to get shots as they came and went. I would say this is the closest I have ever been to a eagle nest. Well worth the visit especially if you are going to the nearby Venice Rookery.

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Osprey, originally uploaded by bmthomas.

In Sarasota where the Pelican Man used to run the pelican sanctuary there is a new bird rescue called Save Our Seabirds. Now most of the birds are in cages and it can be very challenging to get a good photo. Today however the volunteers were chasing around a Kestrel that had escaped its cage. They kept trying to lure it with scraps of meat. This gave me a chance to get some good photos. When I left they still hadn’t captured him.

Nearby is a boat launch. There are always Blue Herons, Egrets, and pelicans there hoping to steal some fish from fishermen when they return and clean their catch. I have also seen night herons and cormorants. In the trees across the water there is a rookery for brown pelicans, blue herons, and aninghas.

While there I spotted an osprey in a tree. He let me get fairly close before taking off. I really couldn’t be any closer and keep his wingspan in the frame when he took off.

American Kestrel American Kestrel

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