Saturday, December 7, 2013

Pond Apple Trail

The Pond Apple Trail has been calling my name and this morning I decided to heed the call. As soon as I set foot on the trail - I caught sight of the Bald Eagle carrying some material for the nest.

Then, leading into the small wooded trail, the Red-shouldered Hawk was keeping a sharp eye.

A Pileated Woodpecker could be heard pounding away.

Aww....I feel like Dorothy....."There's no place like home".

With the large amount of rain fall that we've had this past summer, I hadn't been able to venture through since the entire walk was under water and slippery muck - now, the walk was dry and the soil has hardened.

It wasn't long before I was able to spot the Eagle's nest and oh, what a beauty!

The Marsh rabbit seemed comfortable until I moved - off he went, like the wind.

The Eagle could be heard - talking to its that sound.

After a while I returned to the water retention ponds and saw a few gators leisurely swimming.

The Green Heron seemed to be on wonder.....I would be too if this guy was coming my way.

The singing started - the birds were tweeting everywhere.

There were so many Blue-Grey Gnatcatchers that it was hard to just follow one.

The Little Blue Heron.

Palm Warblers - bountiful they are, so much so that they are often referred to as being a "trash" bird.....I beg to differ.

Soon it was time to go - but not before getting an aerial show from the Belted Kingfisher.

 Very nice morning at the Pond Apple Trail today, check my E-bird list with 27 species.


  1. Love the sun reflecting off the red shoulder hawks feathers. The others were trying to hide from you, but you are to good. Love the picture of belted kingfisher taking off.

  2. Wonderful pictures...thanks for the tour :)