Florida is known for many things … the sandy beaches, beautiful weather, tropical winds, palm trees … perhaps crowds and traffic too … but also for its birds. During the winter, there are many birds which migrate through Florida, though there are many year-round residents as well. Such is the case of the bald eagles.It’s a favorite sighting for me to see the bald eagles (coincidentally the only eagles we have) soaring overhead, building their nests, courting, mating, and raising their young. Such a symbol instilled into all Americans … representing freedom, power, and respect.Then there’s the substantially smaller American kestrel, which in my opinion, has the personal goal of flying away as soon as you see them or even just slow down the car. 🙂The calling out of the limpkin is loud and pretty much unmistakable. They are beautiful birds which, like the snail kite, feed on snails, but also on frogs and insects as well. They are year-round residents of Florida as well.The belted kingfisher is a fabulous, fast, and flighty little bird … who I generally can only capture in the hovering mode. 🙂 Generally speaking, in most of Florida, it migrates here in the winter, so it’s a treat when it’s vacationing.But for me, the story is usually revolving around the eagles. Here a pair of bald eagles perch near each other and begin calling out together … also an unmistakable sound.As much as I believe that she was asking for it and I was channeling some Barry White music their way, they did not mate while I was cheering them on. I guess maybe they didn’t want an audience. 🙂It’s not just the mature eagles that pass by, but rather juvenile ones as well. They have totally a different appearance than the mature ones, most notably the lack of the telltale white head and tail feathers, which they generally don’t possess until 4-5 years old. There’s something special about them though that intrigues me. I love their mottled look.One bird that is generally found across the US is the great blue heron. These birds are large, extremely patient hunters, and very beautiful in flight, courtship, and nest building. They are year-round residents as well.As the sun goes down, the eagles perched on a sign with the sunset colors in the background, makes a nice photo op.We also have our share of owls. Here is the great horned owl, which is one of the largest and powerful owls here, but we also have barred, burrowing, and barn as well. I’m quite an owl fanatic so all owls get photographed. Have I told you before how obsessed I am with talons?
As the sun begins to set in the distance, it becomes the perfect setting for a silhouette shot of the bald eagle.Speaking of colors, this particular night was an explosion of colors … which kept changing as the sun went down. As hard as it was to say goodnight on this fabulous shooting location, of course, it was a must eventually. So yes, Florida is an incredible location, especially in the winter to find birds galore. Winter is also, my favorite time in Florida.Next Up: More Colorado touring
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