Monday, February 4, 2013

Three Lakes WMA

I took a trip out to Three Lakes WMA a few weeks back on the MLK holiday weekend. It was my first visit to the area and definitely won't be my last. Three Lakes is located on the Kissimmee Prairie and is named for the three lakes that it borders. I parked in the small lot near the entrance and took a walk on the trail through the Palmettos. As I was returning to the parking area, I saw this male Eastern Bluebird land on a nesting box located just a few feet from the parking lot. 

Eastern Bluebird

The male scoped out the scene and gave the female the all clear signal. As the male kept an eye on things, the female appeared to be delivering a meal to the occupants of the box.


The pair stayed for a brief period then retreated back to a nearby tree.


Since I arrived midmorning, I knew my chances of seeing a Red-cockaded Woodpecker weren't so good, and I was right. I did see a Red-bellied Woodpecker as well as a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker searching for some sap.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

I got a bit of a cold shoulder from a Red-shouldered.


The drive to and from the area was also quite enjoyable. I saw quite a few raptors along the way, including this beautiful Eagle staked out near the road, just across the street from its nesting mate. I also saw two Crested Caracaras chasing one another.


 A link to more info on Three Lakes WMA......Three Lakes WMA



32 comments:

  1. Very nice new bird pictures Tammy,
    and your header is really FANTASTIC..... nice work again.

    Greetings, Joop

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  2. Always nice to see parents helping each other out, children are a lot of work! Great shots Tammy, can't wait to see who you spot the next time you go back :)

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  3. Preciosas fotos y preciosas aves amiga Tammy.
    Saludos!!

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  4. Love the eagle shot! I just can't seem to get any of those.

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  5. Funny to see Bluebirds in the Florida scene there. I think of them as being such a snowy, winter bird this time of year. Of course, that doesn't stop Mockingbirds and others from enduring both.
    Great photos.

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  6. Lovely shots of the sapsucker and the bluebirds- what a change from your usual water birds!

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  7. Magnificent pictures of the Nature, the miracle of the creation of new being, and the proudness of the beautiful eagle!!! great work Tammy!!
    ciao ciao
    Dany

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  8. Great shots Tammy. Love the Eagle shot, what a bird.

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  9. Beautiful bluebird shots! I've only seen them once from far away. One of these days I need to make the drive over there.

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  10. Amazing pictures of exciting birds that are unknown to me. To say you have access to many different species. Enjoyed the whole series!!

    Ottar

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  11. Bluebirds so cool to see in Fl. what a variwty of different birds. Will have to check it out next time I'm up that way.

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  12. Bluebirds so cool to see in Fl. what a variwty of different birds. Will have to check it out next time I'm up that way.

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  13. Beautiful shots from this really neat area. I'm just finishing a post on our visit there last week. What a coincidence! :)

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  14. I like that bald eagle! I changed my blog's name to: Caribbeanbiodiversity.com, in case you didn't know.

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  15. I haven't seen a bluebird in a very long time. Beautiful shots! The eagle is just fantastic!

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  16. Great photos of these special birds Tammy, very well photographed.
    Greetings Irma

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  17. What a beautiful bird and what a beautiful soft backgrounds.
    Really beautiful photos.

    Greetings, Helma

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  18. Awesome birds and beautiful photos, Tammy! The Bluebirds are one of my all time favorites.

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  19. Oh you have my best friend as your header now....I am in love with Pelicans!! So cute. We have just started to re-introduce the Bluebirds here on this island...you got some good shots on this trip. thanks so much for coming to my blog Tammy. I appreciate it.

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  20. I so love seeing your Florida birds Tammy!

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  21. Buenas tomas, Tammy, muy bello el color del plumaje de las aves en el nido y majestuosa la rapaz de la ultima foto.

    Saludos.

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  22. Lovely birds, the Bald Eagle, who is standing and watching everything, I love it, favourite.

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  23. Bluebirds are always fun to see. Raptors are favorites for me. The cold shoulder Red-shoulder is pretty cool. Will always love the Bald Eagles, your photo is majestic.

    Thanks for stopping by and dropping a comment.

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  24. Those Bluebirds are so gorgeous!
    Brilliant pics of the eagle and I discover a bird I had no idea existed: the Sapsucker!
    I'd love to his face!! LOL!
    Have a nice Sunday!

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  25. Hola Tammy otra seria magnifica de aves,que suerte tienes de vivir en una zona en la que hay tanta variedad de aves.Un fuerte abrazo

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  26. I would dearly love to see a Blue Bird. Great captures of the Blue, Eagle ans hawk.
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Tammy.

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  27. Those are some wonderful birds. I saw a snowy owl the other day. Birds are such simple joy!
    xo Catherine

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  28. Lovely little bird of colors .. American eagle and striking good ..,

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  29. I found my way here via Mia McPherson's blog. How beautiful to see the bluebirds in this setting. I've only seen Western ... not Eastern or Mountain.

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