Monday, April 18, 2011

More Babies from Circle B Bar Reserve

Another Sunday morning trip to the Circle B provided an opportunity to meet more new arrivals.  This Sand Hill Crane is growing up fast but still staying close to mom and dad.  They can usually be found along the Eagles Roost trail or on Wading Bird Way

This Red Shouldered Hawk's nest is on the Alligator Alley trail just before the bend at the lake.  It is some distance off the trail.  There are three babies in the nest.  The below picture was digiscoped using a Kowa spotting scope and a digital SLR camera.

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Sunday, April 3, 2011

More of the Babies at Circle B Bar Reserve

Another great day at the Circle B.  We found the Sand Hill Crane family along the Heron Hideout Trail.  It is amazing how accommodating they can be for photographers.  From Heron Hideout we could see four Bald Eagles circling over the marsh.  This was the first time I've see this many together.

We then headed down Alligator Alley to check on the baby Barred Owl in the old tree snag. It was there right on top for all to see.  After some time mom came swooping in with lunch.  Mom spent some time showing the little one what she had then flew to the ground to consume her morsel.  Little one would get lunch a little later.  At this same spot we also observed a Red Shouldered Hawk nest.  Once in a while two little white heads would pop up about the nest edge. 

 We did have a little scare when a six foot gator crossed the trail within ten feet of our position.  Luckily one of our members noticed it as it began to come up on the trail so we were all ready to run.  It crossed the trail quickly diving into the water on the other side.  As our cameras were all focused on the owl we quickly tried to get a shot of the gator.  This is an untouched photo of him taken at a focal length of 135mm.