Showing posts with label Honeymoon Island State Park Florida. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Honeymoon Island State Park Florida. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Honeymoon Island State Park, Dunedin Florida, Baby Balds and Doggies

Copyright 2014, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

At the end of the Osprey Trail at Honeymoon Island State Park there is one lone bald eagle nest.  Because there were 2 babies being raised in that nest the area has barricades in place to keep them safe from inquiring minds.

The babies were actually fledglings.  They had been moving around, hopping to the edge of the nest. We met a fellow there who had been visiting the nest for weeks (he had GREAT photos he let us see).  It was his opinion that these two would be flying any day, maybe any moment.

Man estimates that we were 400 feet from the nest, and of course, it was very high up in the air.  Sony Too had it's work cut out for it.  Most of the photos were out of focus.  No tripod.  I did find a short pole that I hugged as best I could to try to stabilize Sony Too.  Holding my breath and squeezing the shutter release, I had fun trying to capture the fledglings.  I managed to get these two photos, only one baby in each.

We spent some enjoyable minutes chatting with our fellow photographer, and watching the fledglings pop up and down in the nest.  Alas, time to move on down the path, there were more ospreys to see and an owl to try to discover.  Sad to report it was a fail on the owl.

We went for a quick bite to eat.  We sat at the beach, watching people enjoy the sun, surf and sand.

Instead of walking the beach, we decided to go over to the dog beach, little did we realize doing so involved another long walk.  Here comes one of the dogs leaving the beach.

Here are two pooches chasing their ball.  (Ball to far left, see that little splash.)

Nothing better than taking a nap with your best friend (the dog) and your fellow on the beach, is there?

Can we say, ahhhhhhhhhhh, too cute?  This little guy was very happy to ride back to the car.

Honeymoon Island State Park, a great afternoon with several unexpected but nice surprises.  Bald eagle fledglings, ospreys and dogs on the beach and in the back pack.  Nice surprises.


Honeymoon Island State Park, Dunedin Florida, Osprey Trail

Copyright 2014, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

It was time for Man and I to have a day trip and we chose Honeymoon Island State Park.  It turned out to be a very good choice.

There are beaches, one for dogs, lots for humans.  Picnic grounds and the Osprey Trail.  We started out by walking the Osprey Trail.  The trail was well marked, and reasonably flat.  Part of the trail was under water and we had to turn around.  Needless to say, it had rained a lot in the few days just prior to our visit.  The rest of the trail was in very good shape.

Sony Too was working over time.  I will say, that even tho I never carry a full sized tripod I was wishing I had one this day.  All photos are hand held.  If I ever find a light weight, really light weight tripod, I may rethink my not carrying one.  The current model is just too heavy for me to lug around. Let's look at the Osprey.

An Osprey nest.  Lots of zoom was used.

Sitting on a branch, almost seems as if it is looking back at me.  (I doubt that.  Just what it looks like.)

Same as above, more zoom.

Different bird, note the only editing done on this particular photo was to reduce the size for this blog post.  The light was perfect.  Happy Happy!

We saw so may Osprey and nests it was easy to figure out why this is called the Osprey Trail.  We saw Osprey flying with fish and I have out of focus photos of an Osprey having dinner, high in a tree, eating one of those fish.

The last nest we saw had an occupant.  I thought maybe it was a baby, not sure tho.

So, I zoomed to the max so I could use Sony as binoculars.  I saw this Osprey flying in and I snapped.  Not the most focused photo, but, still, what a thrill!

There was also one bald eagle nest with 2 babies that were just about ready to fly off.

A  stop at the local "cafe" for a beer and a hot dog looking at the Gulf.  Both tasted pretty good after our walk. A visit to the dog beach finished off our visit to the park.  I'll share a bit of that soon.