Amelia Island holly

Amelia Island holly
Amelia sand dune

Friday, July 19, 2013

The Time of the Hawk

The natural scene on islands have their own time schedules.  Here there is a season for butterflies, another for dragon flies and another for hawks to name a few.  The screee of hawks as they call from 
tree to tree is unmistakable.  Sometimes we will see a beauty up close and we have our treat for the day. The trees in our backyard seem to be a favorite haunt for them, or perhaps it is the naturalized garden 
boasting of small animal life that attracts them. One of the more humorous sightings is when the squirrels decide to play tag with juvenile hawks in front of our back windows giving us a ringside seat. The squirrels know the hawks are too young to be a threat and are still learning to stalk. 
 The game is on!

One day, I saw an article in our local paper about hawks with a photo of two of them in a birdbath.
Well, we upped that one with this photo of three of them in our own birdbath. I sent it in and lo and behold it made the paper.  Our Red Shouldered hawk trio were famous.

Living here in Amelia Island one can enjoy all kinds of bird life.  But, if you want
to go further afield, head for The Alligator Farm in St. Augustine which is
about an hour away.  The Alligator Farm boasts many local and exotic
alligator species.  But, for the photographer, the real draw in the
myriads of birds nesting in the trees over the pond.  There are loud cries as feathered parents
tend to their young.  It is bird chaos.  Warning: do not go on a hot day, the smell of
guana is overpowering.  I got this photo on a visit there, our only one thus far.
My husband says, once is enough!
I just read on their website that now they have a zipline over the Alligator Pond!
What an opportunity for the daredevils among us...

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