Tag Archives: Birdlife
On Honeymoon Island
There is nothing better than taking in a nature walk and then heading to the beach to relax!
The Eagle’s Nest
The Osprey and Their Nests
A Great Horned Owl – A 1st for Me to See!
(Photos by RSheridan)
Here’s to Some Much Deserved R&R! What Are You Doing to Relax & Rest? Love to Hear, Please Share.
In the Park
I love having a park nearby that has such varieties of bird life and wildlife!
The Turtles Were Out Sunning Too!
ESCAPE To Nature – Enjoy!
Escaping to the Great Outdoors
Birdlife Galore + A Gator
The Limpkins were putting on quite a show with their calls, preening and flying about!
Fauna and Flora
I always check to see if the turtles are out sunning!
Hello! The Gulf of Mexico
The park consists of 155 acres and is located on the Gulf of Mexico. You get to the park by going over the mile long causeway. The views are spectacular!
White sandy beaches. We enjoyed the beach and swimming area. Birds, dolphins and manatees. We saw plenty of seagulls.
The landscape of the park is impressive! Sea grass beds to wetlands to mangrove estuaries to salterns to coastal scrub to long leaf and slash pine flatwoods to turkey oak to long leaf pine sandhill. Plus the various species of birdlife and wildlife.
There is a $5 daily parking fee and pay via an automated pay station. There are picnic shelters available that require a reservation. There are plenty of restrooms, rinse stations and beach showers.
The park was dedicated on April 16, 1966 and today there is almost 2 million visitors to the park annually. Fred Howard was elected the Mayor of Tarpon Springs in 1945 and served as a City Commissioner. He also was the Vice Chairman of the Pinellas County Park Board for more than 30 years.
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!
Get Outside to Explore, Adventure & Walk On The Wild Side!!!
With the Birds
Ibis aka Florida Chicken
Love spotting the baby birds high up in their nests.
Enjoying a Bird’s View On Life!
At Sawgrass Lake
Enjoying the Lake View . . . ahhh . . .
Mama Gator and Her Babies
Look at that tail!
Gator Babies – oh so cute!
I finally saw an armadillo in the wild. Just use your ears to hear all that rustling about and rooting for food.
Looking right at you!
Get my good side. (Photos by RSheridan)
Here’s to Walking On The Wild Side!
Watching the Birdies
This Anhinga was funny to watch doing its bird dancing!
Love the circles these birds make in the water.
There is a balance between the birds and the alligators. A nesting bird in gator territory has built in security in the gators keeping away egg thieving bandits like raccoons and opossums.
Catching Some Rays! (Photos by RSheridan)
Are You Bird Curious or A Bird Watcher? Love to Hear, Please Share!
Hitting the Boardwalk
The Birds that is! Hello! Spring Migration of Florida Birds!
I am more bird curious than a birdwatcher.
Many birds pass through Florida during the seasonal migrations. April is the month when birds reverse their route. The Keys and South Florida are the first safe place to land after all that flapping their way from either Cuba or the Yucatan. Some are putting on their best breeding plumage to shake a tail feather to attract a mate to create offspring.
White pelicans are not completely white. Their wings are white and black. At times groups of pelicans will work together to herd fish into the shallows for easy feeding.
Watching these birds soar and then land was such a graceful experience to see. Then watching them work together to feed was another great experience to see.
A ballet of birds!
A Great Blue Heron in the Mix
I love Great Blue Herons and how majestic they look. Sometimes I do a double-check to make sure it is a real Great Blue Heron instead of a statute. They stand so motionless.
They are all stealth when it comes to feeding. Then they strike – got it!
Beautiful sight to see in action or in flight!
One Brown Pelican with a Flock of White Pelicans
Now the Brown Pelican feeds by plunge-diving from high up to use the force of the impact to stun small fish before scooping them up.
I love watching them glide over the water.
Coming in for a Landing . . . You can see the white and black wings.
In Action . . .
Saying Hello! to the Feathered Friends.
Hiding in the Mangroves.
A Masked Bandit
Another raccoon out in broad daylight.
(Photos by RSheridan)