Monday, January 31, 2011

An hour in a cemetery before sundown.

Red bellied woodpecker on the side of a utility pole.

There's a flock of wild parrots that live around the cemetery.

They were looking down at my like "lady what are you doing?"

There also seems to be a pair of raccoons that live in the cemetery.

I couldn't tell what he was chewing on. He wouldn't let me get close.

American kestrel on top of large snag.

The sun was about to go down and the kestral was trying to sleep. (Moon in the background)

I finally saw the eagle sticking it's head out of the nest.

I was able to leave work a little early on the Friday before MLK day and decided to head to the cemetery in St. Petersburg where the eagle's nest was. I had a little more than an hour before the sun was going down and I had to head back to Tampa for dinner. I got there and no eagles were present. I thought "maybe he'll be back with a fish soon." No luck the entire hour. I didn't even see anything on the nest until I was leaving and looked back out of the window of the car and saw a head pop up. I stopped and took the last picture. I've since heard the babies should be hatching some time this week so I'm going to have to make another stop soon. My hour wasn't wasted. It's amazing the amount of wildlife in a cemetery. I guess they don't get a lot of traffic through there on a regular basis although while I was there several cars stopped by to check on the eagles.

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  1. What lovely ones occupy your world, Dina! Terrific captures! Hope you have a wonderful week!


  2. Seems to me that a cemetery would be a great place for wildlife to hang out … not too much traffic. Other than the wild parrots and kestrel, we have many of the same creatures in my area, especially the raccoons and eagles. The misty moon is like a lovely smudge in the sky. Thanks for sharing your journey!

  3. This cemetery must be a wonderful place to be able to see variety of animals. Love them all, especially raccoon!
    Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day.

  4. Parrots and woodpeckers - not a bad combination! I only have parrots.

    Great shots!

    Stewart M - Australia.

  5. Great photos. How lucky the eagle popped its head up just before you left. Hope you can get photos of the young ones later.

  6. Cemetery's often turn up interesting species .. such peace and quit locations. Lovely selection including the parrots.

  7. Beautiful birds to see. Great images. Thanks for sharing.

  8. What a wonderful variety of birds--and terrific photos of each one...I've tried for so long to get a decent Kestrel and Eagle photo--and love the raccoon too!

  9. superb set of images, but how cute are the Raccoons.....

    Red bellied Woody is a beauty too


  10. A lot of beautiful birds in this post. Raccoons are cute, but not when they're in your attic!

  11. Nice and quiet in the cemetery,so it's a great spot for wildlife. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  12. Great shots, Dina. I was in Texas once where there was a flock of wild parrots. Oh my, were they ever noisy!

  13. A cemetery full of life.
    Lovely shots Dina.

  14. Our news is full of blizzards and ice storms in the US, so it is almost surprising to see that elsewhere in the country the birds are nesting. Great nature shots. I again am almost surprised to see parrots in the US. I know that here is at least one species there but one seldom sees them on blogs.

  15. What an incredible variety of birds you were able to photograph at the cemetery. That Kestrel really posed for you! The eagles nest is amazing. Seeing the size of the adult eagles head relative to the nest puts the size into perspective. It's Huge! Bravo... ;-)WBW

  16. A lot of beautiful birds in this post. Raccoons are cute