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Posts from the ‘Florida Birds’ category

Osprey with Attitude

These pictures were taken 5 minutes before I saw the bobcat yesterday!  Ospreys will always have a special place in my heart. The sound of Osprey calling, singing, and talking to their young filled the air with song on our wedding day!  It was if they were singing especially for the occasion.  They haven’t nested in that tree near our house since.





Not Alone..

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I can remember as early as first grade, I worried about “not knowing”…not knowing the details of how everything, worked, like cars, electricity, every modern convenience, you name it, and I wanted to know.  I wanted to know “just in case”.   I also wanted to know “how to survive”.  What in my childhood, prompted this “survivalist or self-reliance (in a positive light), I don’t know.

Interestingly though my brother has more severe shades of this trait or “affliction”.  Needless to say, I have always loved nature, and testing my limits.  Surviving, using all of ones mental resources, to beat the odds, and overcome adversity.  Marathon running, which I also enjoy, is just another way to push the envelope, to test limits. Want to be fit enough to do “anything”,” just in case”.   How ironic is it, that I would marry the most incredible survivor I know, my husband, Matt, who also thinks of everything, “just in case”.    The depth of character it takes to endure ALS for 13 years, daily losing functioning is beyond comprehension.  When days are dark, and things look bleak…what is it that makes you keep fighting, keep going.                     

Knowing you’re not alone…love of family, friends, and neighbors!

So thankful for all of our friends, family, and neighbors!

I took this picture this morning, hiking with Winston.  It was a quiet, seemingly lonely morning, until we met this couple…Not alone!


Love is in the Air

Love is in the Air!  This morning Winston, my dog, and I were out for our morning run and the first love couple we happened upon were a pair of osprey in a new nest.  It will be fun to watch this pair!  It’s close to the road, next time, I will take my “real” camera.


Osprey hunt fish by hovering over water and then diving feet first to capture prey in their powerful talons.


What is right in front of us is magical!  Osprey mate for life.

Eurasian Collard-Dove 

“Love Doves”

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Morning Hugs – These two mate for life.

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Once a pair has formed, the male(right) will show his partner potential nest sites, usually in tall trees.  In between these “site visits”, the pair vigorously preen each other.  (Hugging included)

Eurasian Collard-Dove

Eurasian Collard-Dove

Great Horned Owl


With its long, earlike tufts, intimidating yellow-eyed stare, and deep hooting voice, the Great Horned Owl is the quintessential owl of storybooks. When clenched, a Great Horned Owl’s strong talons require a force of 28 pounds to open. The owls use this deadly grip to sever the spine of large prey. Great Horned Owls are fierce predators that can take large prey, including raptors such as Ospreys, Peregrine Falcons, Prairie Falcons, and other owls. They also eat much smaller items such as rodents, frogs, and scorpions.IMG_1135

Protector of the Unseen

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Hear what is not said, but what is hidden.


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Great Healing PowersGreat Horned Owl

This Owl was found in the same tree as the Red Tailed Hawk in my blog a couple of days ago;  “It has long been believed that the Owl and the Hawk are closely connected and enjoy a symbiotic relationship.  Each has dominion over a territory and share that realm, the Hawk akin to the Sun god Apollo who rules the day, with the Owl the counterpart of the Moon goddess Artemis who rules the night.  In fact, most owls are nocturnal (meaning they are awake and active during the night) and Hawks are diurnal (active during daylight), so this mythological correlation is not far from reality.

During the day, the Hawk flies throughout the territory, keeping the boundaries free of encroaching threat and trespassers while hunting for food.  Hawk`s patrol of the territory is relinquished at dusk as he journeys to sleep, while Owl awakens to begin her night duties.  In this manner, though they seldom (if ever) directly interact, Owl and Hawk are never the less closely linked to one another and their environment.

Each distinctive member of the Owl family is thought to be a counterpart of the Hawk family, for Great Horned Owl, the counterpart is the Red-Tailed Hawk  By looking at this member of the Hawk family, one with Great Horned Owl as a Totem may also gain some further insight as some of the keywords that apply to the Hawk will also ring familiar for this Owl as well.”

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What a Morning!

It’s been raining so much, that it makes it difficult to get out on the trails.  This morning Winston and I attempted the trail that leads to Boggess Hole and Whidden Creak.  We didn’t get very far.  We were attacked by mosquitos and horse flies.  We opted for the remote roads instead.   There are literally no houses in this area, just roads with grass growing up through them, and all the wildlife below.  It reminds me of what Forest Gump said, with a twist, “Photography is like a box of chocolates, ya just never know what your goin to get!”

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Red-Tailed Hawk of Cape Haze, Florida

The Red-tailed Hawk has a thrilling, raspy scream that sounds exactly like a raptor should sound.    Sometimes you can close your eyes and almost imagine you live in the time of the dinosaurs.  I took these pictures last night, thanks to Gabe!  He spotted the hawk in the Banyan Tree, and promptly let me know so that I could get these beautiful pictures.

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Soaring High!

 I love hiking in the morning!  Watching wildlife in its habitat is a rare gift, and nothing less than the most precious treasure.



Soaring High!

Soaring High!