Monday, February 14, 2011

Brooker Creek Reserve - 1st visit

Some type of woodpecker. It didn't have any red on it. 

Same woodpecker as first picture.

Looking down at a row of utility poles. They seem to be a condo for vultures.

Juvenile bald eagle. It's the first time I've seen a juvenile. This picture is highly cropped from my 500mm lens. It was sitting high up on a utility pole and looked like a dark blob.

There were tons of black vultures soaring overhead.

There's a reserve in north Pinellas county called Brooker Creek Reserve. I had heard about it but I had never been there. Several weekends ago I stopped by there before going to Chesnut Park. There's up to 5 miles of trails that you can hike there. They were very well marked. I walked about 2 1/2 miles of it. I did not see very much on the trail. Mostly woodpeckers. It was very quiet. One section of the trail has a bird blind that sits just off a power line trail with a small pond in front of it. The best part was all of the vultures sitting on the utility poles. I noticed a blob sitting off by itself at the top of one pole. When I zoomed in I realized it was a juvenile bald eagle. That was the highlight of my trip.  I've heard the park has turkeys as well as all types of critter roaming including bobcats. I saw non of this. Maybe on my next trip.

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  1. You'll just have to make a return trip some early morning! Great shot of the juvenile eagle. Your lens did you justice!

  2. Love the vulture condo! Think that's a Downy Woodpecker you've got there. Cute

  3. Wild country...vultures and bobcats (?= lynx?)
    sound very exotic and scary to me. Foxes and red kite are just about the scariest creatures around here. And they are not very scary :-)

  4. That sounds like a very interesting place to visit. The vultures on the power poles are fascinating.

  5. Lovely images. You have some beautiful birds in your part of the World.

  6. I lovely the shots of the vultures! I wonder what play they are expecting to see.

  7. Great Capture of that Immature B. Eagle!! AND what a huge group of Vultures!

  8. Good description of the vulture condo. I did notice lots of them on our recent trip to FL. They seemed to be everywhere!

    And nice juvie eagle. I spotted one on Saturday and posted it my blog. I was fortunate to get fairly close with my zoom lens.

  9. Cool shot of the vulture condo! Florida must be a very nice place for birding :)

  10. Very nice set of photos! Loved the call of the Pileated Woodpecker in the video.

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  12. I just had the privilege of spending six days in Tampa area this last week. What an experiences I had there. It is no wonder the pictures up and down your blog are so fantastic. For a northerner the gulf coast estuary around Sarasota was mind bending. Lord, I took thousands of shots. If I lived there I would get nothing else done and I would need a 12 step birding program.