Honeymoon Island State Park
Decided to go on an exploration to see the Eagle Pair at Honeymoon Island State Park. Did not see the Eagles, however; their nest was pretty impressive!
“The 2015-16 season was the 8th consecutive year for eagles to nest on the island. This new nest is the first time eagles have reestablished nesting on the island since the 1935 homestead nest.”
- May live up to 40 years.
- Eggs are laid 36 hours apart and both male and female incubate the eggs.
- Average gestation period is 35 days with eggs hatching one at a time 36 hours apart.
- The chicks are called Eaglets and remain in the nest for 10 to 12 weeks.
- Both parents feed the Eaglets.
Those Eagles have some exact timing when it comes to laying and to hatching their Eaglets!
The Osprey Trail
Imagine being on an Island within a Pine Forest! You will see sand as well as pine cones. Plus Ospreys Galore along with their nests!
I have lived here long enough now to know the call of the Ospreys. It makes my ears tune in and my eyes focused on the trees or skies every time.
Fauna & Flora
Other Birdlife Out & About
Spooky Trees aka Snag Trees
These trees are perfect places to build an Osprey nest. Also, Ospreys build and repair nests by snapping off dead limbs in flight instead of collecting downed wood from the ground.
Briefly touched on to the Pelican Trail that works its way around the edge of the Island and along the Gulf of Mexico. Mangroves, Salt Air and Sea Breeze Oh My!
Never Far From the Water (Photos by RSheridan)
January 25th, 2017 at 9:50 AM
Now I want to go bird watching! Thanks for the site-seeing tour, Renee.
An owl family has adopted our house. I love their woo, woos… I wonder if they’ll have owlets?
January 25th, 2017 at 10:42 AM
That is so cool that you have an owl family. Happy to Share. Have a Great Day – Enjoy 🙂
January 25th, 2017 at 11:08 AM
I am learning so much from you about Florida. Pinecones and beach sand. Eagle eggs laid 36 hours apart. Osprey building nests by snapping off dead limbs while in flight (that sounds dangerous and difficult)…
Thank you for this enlightening nature tour.
January 25th, 2017 at 11:25 AM
Happy to Share the Florida Wilds of Nature with you 🙂 I have seen the sticks aka limbs that Ospreys fly with in their talons – amazing nest builders. Happy Day – Enjoy!
January 25th, 2017 at 1:31 PM
I really miss Florida. So beautiful.
January 25th, 2017 at 2:33 PM
You can always come back 🙂
January 26th, 2017 at 1:37 PM
Ah, lovely… I could almost smell the salt air and sea breeze 🙂
January 26th, 2017 at 1:46 PM
Love it! Happy Day – Enjoy 🙂
January 27th, 2017 at 12:03 PM
The size of the nest is extraordinary. Makes one wonder if the eagles were out hunting at the time? Here’s to getting outside and exploring. So much beauty to be seen in this world.
January 27th, 2017 at 12:37 PM
Yes it is! The area is protected so you are not able to get a close up unless you have a lens that allows you to do that. Here’s to escaping to the Great Outdoors – Enjoy 🙂
February 22nd, 2017 at 10:11 AM
Nice. I’ll have to google where honeymoon island is. Love nature.
February 22nd, 2017 at 11:33 AM
Honeymoon Island is a beautiful natural place in Dunedin, Florida (on the Tampa Bay side). Happy Day – Enjoy!