Bird weekly Challenge #9: Birds of Prey

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.

Bale Eagle at Ninilchik Beach
Bald Eagle at Chilcoot Lake State Park, Haines, AK
Mama and baby eagles across from the Homer Post Office
Eagle soaring overhead in Homer

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.

Bald Eagle

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.

Juvenile Horned Owl

Hawks are birds of prey I’ve often seen in Georgia and Florida.

Red Shouldered Hawk, Everglades National Park, 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.

Hawk in coastal Georgia

I often see ospreys soaring overhead as they search for food. I have managed to capture some on their nests.

Osprey on nest, Everglades National Park, Florida
Pair of Ospreys on the nature trail, Gulf Islands National Seashore at Ft. Pickens, Florida

Thanks you Lisa. for this challenge. Her original post is Bird Weekly Challenge #9 – Birds of Prey

Gulf Islands National Seashore

“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!

Gulf Islands National Seashore at Ft. Pickens
Gulf Islands National Seashore at Ft. Pickens

The beach at sunset
The beach at sunset

Gulf Islands National Seashore
Gulf Islands National Seashore

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.

Site A1 Ft. Pickens
Site A1 Ft. Pickens

Ready for Beach Chair Sitting on the Gulf of Mexico
Ready for Beach Chair Sitting on the Gulf of Mexico

We’ve taken a couple of hikes on the half-mile Blackbird Marsh Nature Trail near the campground.

Along the Blackbird Marsh Nature Trail
Along the Blackbird Marsh Nature Trail

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.

Pair of Ospreys on the nature trail
Pair of Ospreys on the nature trail

Pair of Ospreys on the nature trail
Pair of Ospreys on the nature trail

Osrey
Osprey

And the sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico are breathtaking!

Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico
Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico

More of the Fort Pickens area coming up in my next post.