Tag Archives: Raptors

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 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

Sitting Tight: Red-shouldered Hawk

This Red-shouldered Hawk was enjoying the early morning sun high over a swamp.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

Surprisingly he did not take flight as I got closer.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

And closer.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

I had a pretty good angle, and would have enjoyed a “take off” shot.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

But he wasn’t moved, even as I walked under him.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

I continued on my way, and yes he stayed right there.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
October 18, 2021

Black Vulture Pair, Lounging

Two Black Vultures were hanging around on the ground at the end of the dike along the big pond at Donnelley Wildlife Management Area on Saturday. They were oddly indifferent to human presence, just flying up into an oak tree as I got closer.

Black Vulture
Black Vulture

It had been a cold morning, just down to freezing, and they both seemed content in the sun as the day warmed up.

Black Vulture
Black Vulture

This one actually hunkered down on a branch, as if to stay awhile.

Black Vulture
Black Vulture

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
November 27, 2021

 

Crested Caracara, Profile Shots, White Background

This Crested Caracara was incredibly photogenic and despite the low-light day we were having I got some amazing closeup images, some with a Green Background  and these with a white/grey sky background.

Crested Caracara
Crested Caracara

There’s not much I can say about them, other than this is a gorgeous bird.

Crested Caracara
Crested Caracara

Looking a little sassy!

Crested Caracara
Crested Caracara

And curious…

Crested Caracara
Crested Caracara

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