I finally spotted the Osprey that had been calling, plaintively, for several minutes. By the time I raised my camera he had ducked down. The nest alone made an artsy silhouette on this grey day.
Osprey Nest – Canon 18-200mm
The Osprey is probably a juvenile, calling for a parent and hoping to get fed from the sound. An hour or so later he flew some laps around the area, and paused in this tree.
Osprey – Tamron 180mm Macro
Then the sun came out and I saw the nest from a different angle, well placed in swamp.
Swamp, Cypress Gardens
August 26, 2022
Cypress Gardens, Moncks Corner, SC
After finding my backyard bird feeder on the ground two mornings in a row I put up the trail cam.
Ah ha! I had brought the feeder in, but there was plenty of seed scattered around the ground.
Racoon Reaching Up Bird Feeder Pole
A couple of nights later, I discovered the Raccoon had company: check out the pair of eyes on the fence, just to the left of the pole.
Barred Owl on fence watching Racoon scrounge
Here’s a low quality 20 second video where you can see the owl’s eyes change as it turns its head.
Update: depending on how you are viewing this post, the video may not play. On Ted’s iPad, viewing through WP Reader, the controls are visible but nothing happens 🙁.
The raccoon came back about an hour later and there was no sign of the Owl. The camera had not picked up his movements coming or going.
I’m identifying the bird as a Barred Owl based on size and regularly hearing one in the area.
GardePro A3 Trail Camera
Osprey in a Pine Tree
Kiawah River, SC
June 1, 2022
The owlet on the right is the one from
yesterday’s post. After I took that picture he joined his sibling, and that slight head turn was the closest look I got.
Barred Owl Owlets
May 17, 2022
The establish pair of Barred Owls at Magnolia Plantation had two chicks again this year and so far both have survived. They have moved from the nest area to a small pond where soon they will learn to hunt. This one was a bit more adventurous than the other while I was watching, hopping to his own branch for a look around.
Barred Owl Owlet
May 17, 2022
The Red-shouldered Hawk that was sharing a snag with the Black-bellied Whistling Ducks blended right into the branch when he turned away from me.
Red-shouldered Hawk With Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
The hawk opted to move on.
Red-shouldered Hawk Flying Off, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
He didn’t go far, maybe just needed his own space.
These snags stand in one of the wetland cells created as part of the city’s water reclamation process.
Orlando Wetlands, Florida
April 12, 2022