In Search of Eagles

We spent the day going south … to the far south end of the state park barrier island where there’s an eagle’s nest and usually at least two eagles, and sometimes a juvenile.  After tying the dinghy to the mangroves, we wandered the “trail” to the other side of the island, past the eagles nest in the distance.  We could see one eagle in the next and the other in a branch below, but the sun was directly behind, so we decided to do some beachcombing and then take photos on our return trip.

Unfortunately several hours later on our return trip, the eagles were MIA … out hunting dinner? so no eagle photos.  Bummer!  But we did take a few photos

The Eagles Nest as seen from the beach - you can barely see a white head in the nest, but you almost have to know it's there.  On our return trip, it wasn't there.  :(

The Eagles Nest as seen from the beach – you can barely see a white head in the nest, but you almost have to know it’s there. On our return trip, it wasn’t there. 🙁

PathToTheBeachHere’s the path to the beach … it goes past the eagle nest but as I said, they were home but the shot was directly into the sun, no go.

More beachcombing, and even more shells!

More beachcombing, and even more shells!

I love beachcombing, especially deserted beaches with lots of shells, clear water and just us …and sunny and mid-80s a few days before Christmas.JanOnBeach

Wonder what kind of turtle this is?  I'll find out!

Wonder what kind of turtle this is? I’ll find out!

On the way back across the island, when we stepped off the path to see if the eagles were home, I found the first land turtle we’ve seen on this barrier island.  Not sure what kind he is, but when we’re back to the land of wifi, I’ll find out.

GatorLater on our way to visit manatee lagoon, we found this large gator, sunning himself.  He’s much bigger than our 9′ dinghy and David didn’t want to linger for a better photo.

BarnacleManateeThere were a dozen manatees playing in our manatee lagoon.  We turn off the outboard and just drift for awhile enjoying the solitude and quiet.  The only noise was when a manatee comes up for air and snorts.  Unfortunately they are not very cooperative when it comes to being photogenic.  This guy had a gazillion barnacles so he must be ancient!

WLSunset And suddenly the day vanishes, another wonderful day in paradise, done.  Can’t wait for tomorrow.    Cheers!  J&D

 

Comments

  1. Chris Root says:

    Great website, intersting posts. That turtle is called a Gopher Tortoise, they live in burrows, and are actually pretty fast… for a turtle. They are also a protected species here in Florida, although they are frequently hit by motor vehicles.

    • Thanks Chris! We asked a park ranger this morning and he said a Gopher Tortoise too. We saw a couple more this afternoon and they were FAST – the one we saw yesterday was like he was hiding in the sand and didn’t think we saw him. 🙂 Cheers! Jan

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