Monday, February 21, 2011

Rainy morning in a cemetery


Blue jay sitting on a snag.


Dove sitting on a grave marker.


Eagle sitting on the nest.


A pair of pileated woodpeckers sitting on a tree.


Pileated woodpecker sitting on a utility pole.

Two weekends ago we had nasty weather all weekend.  Saturday morning I woke up to dark gray skies. I checked the weather on line and it looked like I had until sometime around lunch before the rain hit. I decided to head down to the St. Petersburg cemetery to check on the eagle's nest. Only one of the eagles were present sitting on the nest. There were two other people there that had also stopped by. They both had heard there were babies but they were not big enough to see yet. Even though the other eagle did not show up while I was there, I saw several other birds. Three pileated woodpeckers stopped by all at one time. That's the most I have seen together. Two stayed together and the other was close by. After waiting around for over an hour for the other eagle, I decided to leave and head to the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary before the rain hit. 

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16 comments:

  1. Dina - A great trip to the cemetery for bird viewing. How wonderful that you got to see the Eagle nesting.

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  2. Beautiful photographs Dina.
    Glad to see your posts again.
    Costas.

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  3. Quite a variety in such an unusual setting.
    I love that Eagle shot.

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  4. Lucky to get those pileated!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  5. Great Pileated shots and I love the composition of the jay on the snag.

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  6. I love seeing pics of the Pileated's.

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  7. Love the pileated woodpeckers! Great shots, both of them.

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  8. Great photos. I hope you can get some photos of the young eagles.

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  9. Lovely images of some beautiful birds.

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  10. Dina,
    After having visited your great region for a mere 6 days this month the shear richness of bird life there made a lasting impression on me. We saw so much so quickly. Your great post demonstrates that. I guess birding is a big draw in Florida for good reason. We really need to use our heads protecting and encouraging these wonderful habitats and their residents.

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  11. Fantastic post! I couldn't choose my favourite:)

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  12. I wouldnt get suprises such as these at my local cemetery...... or maybe I would!

    Great series of shots.... the pileated Woodies are my favs

    Cheers for sharing
    Dave

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  13. Awesome birds and photos. My favorite is of the Pileated woodie.

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  14. Great shots! Pileated woodpeckers and bald eagles are two of my favorites.

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  15. Great post with lovely group of photos!

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  16. I love those Pileated Woodpeckers! Nice shots Dina.

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