Category Archives: Raptor

Fancy Nest Topper, Another Angle

It was the shape of the tree that caught my eye, from a few posts ago. Turns out, working through my images from that day I had some other shots.

Osprey Nest in Artsy Tree
Osprey Nest– looking like a straw hat, Osprey head just visible

Here’s a wider view.

Orlando Wetlands
Orlando Wetlands

There were several Osprey flying around.

Osprey Fly Over
Osprey Fly Over

This one was watching the water but I never saw him dive.

Osprey Fly Over
Osprey Fly Over

Orlando Wetlands, Florida
April 12, 2022

Red-shouldered Hawk, First Light

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
Red-shouldered Hawk With Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

The hawk opted to move on.

Red-shouldered Hawk Flying Off, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Red-shouldered Hawk Flying Off, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

He didn’t go far, maybe just needed his own space.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

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

Red-shouldered Hawk With Chicks

A pair of Red-shouldered Hawks made their nest in a tree that hangs over the exit road at Magnolia Plantation.

Red-shouldered Hawk in Nest With Chicks
Red-shouldered Hawk in Nest With Chicks

With hundreds of treed acres available to them this seems like an odd choice with cars and pedestrians passing all day long.

Red-shouldered Hawk Nest
Red-shouldered Hawk Nest

That’s a frog leg sticking up by the hawk’s feet, soon to be breakfast for the chicks.

Red-shouldered Hawk with Frog
Red-shouldered Hawk with Frog, Sitting In Next Tree Over From Nest

The chicks were ready for their next meal.

Red-shouldered Hawk in Nest With Chicks
Red-shouldered Hawk Chicks

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
April 29, 2022

Bald Eagle, Flying For Lunch

At the end of November I witnessed similar action in nearly the same spot that I photographed Bald Eagle, Flying For Breakfast at the end of October. This time I was a little closer to the action.

Bald Eagle Making a Dive
Bald Eagle Making a Dive

The Eagle made a quick drop and snatched a small dead fish that had been floating on the water.

Bald Eagle With Small Fish, Flying Away
Bald Eagle With Small Fish, Flying Away — that’s a log, not an Alligator, in the water

Up and away…

Bald Eagle With Small Fish, Flying Away
Bald Eagle With Small Fish, Flying Away– that’s two logs, not Alligators

He flew  past the bare cross dike with a bit of fall color highlighting the background, and disappeared into the woods.

Bald Eagle Flying Away
Bald Eagle Flying Away

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
November 29, 2021

Eagle Fly By

A pair of Bald Eagles had been buzzing the pond where I captured the Great Egret Late Afternoon Flyby .

One of them ventured down the river and I got a nice view on his return a few minutes later. Knowing that he was probably coming back was a big help.

Bald Eagle Flying By
Bald Eagle Flying By

I was at the top of the hill above the pond, making his position almost eye level for me.

Bald Eagle Flying By
Bald Eagle Flying By

The timestamp on these three images shows they were within the same second.

Bald Eagle Flying By
Bald Eagle Flying By

Middleton Place, Charleston, SC
October 19, 2021

Hawk in Sweetgum Tree

I spotted this hawk while I was walking around the barnyard at Middleton Place. He was looking down at me, not much concerned by my presence.

Hawk in Sweetgum Tree
Hawk in Sweetgum Tree

I think this is a Red-shouldered Hawk, probably immature.  I moved along and a few minutes later I was alerted that he did, too, as the pigeons that perch on the barn roof took to the air in a frenzy.

Hawk in Sweetgum Tree
Hawk in Sweetgum Tree

October 19, 2021

Burrowing Owl, Center For Birds of Prey, October

I first photographed this zippy Burrowing Owl last June then saw him again in October at Photography Day.

Burrowing Owl
Burrowing Owl, Radio Transmitter

He wasn’t doing anything different on this day, but he sure was cute. And zippy.

Burrowing Owl
Burrowing Owl

Safety first, he watched all movement overhead where some vultures were swooping around.

Burrowing Owl
Burrowing Owl

With the danger passed, he posed on a higher perch.

Burrowing Owl
Burrowing Owl

The Center for Birds of Prey, Awenda, SC
Photography Day, October 10, 2021