Ospreys at Central Winds Park, 3/16/2012

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I had a meeting in Lake Mary today, so on my way home I dropped by Central Winds Park.  I wasn't going to stop, but I saw several Osprey flying over the park, and they enticed me.  I had about a half hour to spend there, so I didn't see a whole lot.  As I was leaving, I saw an Osprey landing on a light post with a fish.  I thought I was going to be able to watch it eat, but almost as soon as it landed, it took off, flying in a hurry and calling incessantly.  As it disappeared behind the trees I put my camera down only to see a Bald Eagle in hot pursuit.  All the action happened behind the treeline, and I didn't see it, but just for a second I did see the Bald Eagle with a fish and the Osprey in pursuit.  It just kills me that I wasn't able to capture the "exchange," but at least I was able to come home with photos of an Osprey with his catch.  Thieving eagles!

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Here's a list of the other species I saw at Central Winds Park today:
Anhinga 2
American White Pelican 2
Great Blue Heron 1
White Ibis 17
Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey 7
Bald Eagle 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Carolina Wren 2
Palm Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Northern Cardinal 3
Boat-tailed Grackle 8


  1. Marvelous Osprey images! Great catch for you, the eagle ... and not so much the osprey.


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