Of all the birds of prey I’ve seen in the wild, the Bald Eagle is by far my favorite. These magnificent birds mate for life and return to the same nest year after year. Alaska is a Bald Eagle lovers paradise.
There are Bald Eagles on some of the Georgia barrier islands near our home but it isn’t every day that one decides to perch on top of our neighbor’s dock house. I was able to get a photo of this Bald Eagle on a foggy December afternoon.
Sometimes I can hear the owls in the trees in our neighborhood but they are hard to see. One morning this juvenile horned owl perched on our dock for a while.
Hawks are birds of prey I’ve often seen in Georgia and Florida.
An occasional hawk will fly over our back yard in search of a tasty morsel. One day one stopped for a break on a fence post.
I often see ospreys soaring overhead as they search for food. I have managed to capture some on their nests.
“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” –Jacques Cousteau
A beach with perfect sugar white sand only a five minute walk from our campsite. I think I am in heaven!
Our home for a week is Ft. Pickens Campground in Gulf Islands National Seashore on Santa Rosa Island. I’ve been doing a lot of walking on the beach and beach chair sitting.
We’ve taken a couple of hikes on the half-mile Blackbird Marsh Nature Trail near the campground.
It is nest building time for Ospreys and several nests can be seen in the area. Ospreys are frequently seen soaring over the campground and a few of the nests can be viewed close up from the nature trail.
And the sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico are breathtaking!
More of the Fort Pickens area coming up in my next post.