Eagle vs Osprey

Recently, I spotted an American Bald Eagle on a branch in a large dead tree across the lake. I also noticed another bird buzzing (flying closely to) the eagle. I ran inside and grabbed a camera and returned to capture an osprey harassing the eagle. I keep a camera ready for such opportunities.

I periodically see eagles around our lake, but more often see ospreys hunting and diving for fish. Apparently, the osprey considers our part of the lake as its territory. Therefore, it was doing its best to get the eagle to move on, which it eventually did.

It is clear to see from the above images that the eagle was not pleased with the osprey’s lack of hospitality.

It has been a long time since I posted an article to my blog, but I was excited to have seen and photographed this amazing behavior and wanted to share it with my friends and blog followers. Although I have not been posting articles to my blog for quite some time, I have been photographing a lot of Florida wildlife and landscapes, and will share some of my favorite images (example below) in future blog articles.

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Sunflowers in Rutledge, Georgia

In late July, while attending a family reunion at Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge, Georgia, I accidentally discovered a large field of sunflowers. While driving the rural country roads between Madison and Rutledge, they were a pleasant and unexpected surprise. Adding to my excitement, the sunflowers were at the peak of their bloom.

I was not only lucky to find the sunflowers, but it was perfect timing because the sunflowers were all facing the road in the late afternoon sun. Some young sunflowers species follow the sun, which is called heliotropism, but as they mature and develop seeds, the flowers droop from the weight of the seeds and no longer follow the sun.

Below are some of the images of the sunflower field. As you can see, all of the flowers were in full bloom except for one late bloomer. The above video was taken with my iPhone 7 Plus at 4K.

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Purple Gallinule

While backing up image files yesterday, I came across an image of a Purple Gallinule that I photographed in Everglades National Park. It was a rewarding discovery, because it brought back memories of that visit to the Everglades and the pleasure of watching the Purple Gallinule scooting across lily pads in search of food.

I was in the Everglades very early, when I found the Purple Gallinule, and the morning sun was brightly illuminating its colorful iridescent feathers. Gallinules live in swamps and wetlands in southeast United States. They eat a wide variety of food including frogs, grasshoppers, dragonflies, spiders and water plants. The Purple Gallinule is not a very good flyer, but it is an excellent wader. It uses its long toes to distribute its weight, when walking on lily pads.

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Coal Ash — An Unacceptable Gamble

If you live in or near Prince William County, Virginia, or care about the environment, there is a pending solid waster permit decision in March by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) that may allow Dominion Power to bury 4 million tons of coal ash at Possum Point in an impoundment that is leaching highly toxic contaminates into the groundwater. It is has been and is poisoning people today! There are other solutions, as explained in the above film.

The film, COAL ASH – An Unacceptable Gamble, was produced by Erne is Sears and me. To see more of our work visit our website at: Protected Places Media

 

 

 

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Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park Sunset

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I hiked Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park‘s La Chua Trail with family and friends last night, and it was spectacular! Not only was the sunset breathtaking, but it was highlighted by groups of Sandhill Cranes and flocks of Ibis, flying onto the Prairie to roost for the evening. Included in this blog post are a few of the images I captured.

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In addition to the sunset, and there were 39 Bison grazing near the observation tower. I have seen Bison on the Prairie before, but maybe only a dozen at a time. It was truly a special evening. I have not reviewed and processed the Bison images yet, but below is an iPhone video that I took as I was leaving the observation tower. If you have your sounds turned on, you can hear the Sandhill Cranes.

In conclusion, below is another iPhone video of the sunset on La Chua Trail. If you have never been to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, you need to go. You will not be disappointed.

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