Oklahoma Raptors

Red Tailed Hawk, Cameron, OK; DEC 2018

We made a visit to rural southeastern Oklahoma recently. While there, I was amazed at the number of red tailed hawks I saw. Much of the countryside was pastureland and I imagine it provided a lot of good food for the rodents and, in turn, the hawks. One day, I also saw a bald eagle in the grass, alongside the road.

Bald Eagle, Cameron, OK; DEC 2018
Red Tailed Hawk, Cameron, OK; DEC 2018

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Birds and Flying Bugs

Image of an Eaglet - Bald Eagle Chick, American River Parkway, Folsom, CA, MAY 2017
Bald Eagle Eaglet

I want to share a few images from some recent walks around the American River Parkway near Folsom, CA. I’ve also included one from Oak Alley Plantation near New Orleans. Nature provides some beautiful creatures for us to appreciate. I hope you enjoy these few.

Regards,

Larry

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Image of a Female Eastern or Common Pondhawk Dragonfly, Oak Alley Plantation, LA, APR 2017
Eastern or Common Pondhawk

Image of a California Quail, American River Parkway, Folsom, CA, JUN 2017
California Quail

Image of a Northern Mockingbird, American River Parkway, Folsom, CA, JUN 2017
Northern Mockingbird

Image of an Ash-throated Flycatcher, American River Parkway, FOlsom, CA, JUN 2017
Ash-throated Flycatcher

Image of a Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly, American River Parkway, Folsom, CA, JUN 2017
Spicebush Swallowtail

Image of an Eaglet - Bald Eagle Chick, American River Parkway, Folsom, CA, MAY 2017
Bald Eagle Eaglet

IMage of a Spanish Swallowtailbutterfly, American River Parkway, Folsom, CA, JUN 2017
Spanish Swallowtail

Image of a Spanish Swallowtail butterfly, American River Parkway, Folsom, CA, JUN 2017
Spanish Swallowtail

Image of a pair of Tree Swallows, American River Parkway, FOlsom, CA, JUN 2017
Tree Swallows

Image of a California Towhee, American River Parkway, Folsom, CA, JUN 2017
California Towhee

 

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The African Fish Eagle

African Fish Eagle in Flight - Perspective 1
African Fish Eagle In Flight – Kruger National Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

The African Fish Eagle was the most common large raptor we saw on our trip to South Africa.  It is a beautiful bird that is a cousin to our American Bald Eagle.  I learned from my friend Kevin that both the African Fish Eagle and the Bald Eagle belong to the family of fish eagles.  They are distinguished from the family of booted or true eagles by their legs.  True eagles have feathers on their lower legs.  I am a novice birder and never realized there were different types of eagles. By the way, our Golden Eagle is a snake eagle; yet another type.

Our most interesting encounter was watching a fish eagle being chased by a Blacksmith Lapwing.  I guess the eagle was too close to a nest.  It was fun watching it fend off numerous attacks.

I hope you enjoy these images of these magnificent birds,

Regards,

Larry

African FIsh Eagle Feeding - Perspective 1
African Fish Eagle Feeding – Perspective 1, Kruger National Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

African FIsh Eagle Feeding - Perspective 2
African Fish Eagle Feeding – Perspective 2, Kruger National Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

African FIsh Eagle Fending Lapwing Attack - Perspective 1
African Fish Eagle Fending Lapwing Attack – Perspective 1, Kruger National Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

African FIsh Eagle Fending Lapwing Attack - Perspective 2
African Fish Eagle Fending Lapwing Attack – Perspective 2, Kruger National Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

African FIsh Eagle and Great Egret
African Fish Eagle and Great Egret, Kruger National Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

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