Bald Eagle over Western Lake - Grayton Beach FL

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  1. Davis Properties

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    Yesterday afternoon a majestic bald eagle was spotted at the top of a stand of dead pines overlooking Western Lake in Grayton Beach. I'm told there were two just shortly before I got there! Just another "slice of 30-A" and aren't we so blessed to live in this fabulous place?
     
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    Awesome!
     
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    That is majestic! Thanks for sharing.
     
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    :clap::clap: That's just about the coolest thing I've ever seen!

    Thanks so much for posting!

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    Thanks a bunch!

    Two years ago we had one spend much of the winter in the Deer Lake / Little Deer Lake area. A friend even saw it fishing on the beach. They are great to watch.
     
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    great photo. I've spent much time on Western Lake and I am always looking out for my first Eagle sighting on that lake. You beat me to it. Glad you had your camera to capture what must have been a skin-tingling moment.
     
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    I've seen that eagle, too!

    Great photo! Mr. Grayton Girl and I saw that bald eagle (I'm guessing it's the same one) in the same dead tree on Western Lake about a month ago. Nearly had a wreck craning our necks to check him out!

    But better yet, I saw a sight that I still can't believe! About 2 weeks ago I was running on the bike path from Seaside toward Grayton when 2 large birds caught my eye. One was HUGE but I could tell by the way it was flying that it wasn't a buzzard. The sun was in my eyes so I stopped to check it out. The smaller of the large birds was chasing the bigger bird, and as they came overhead, I saw that the big one was a Bald Eagle! It was carrying a large fish!

    As I watched, the small bird (maybe an osprey? it was hard to see) continued to fly with it. Then, suddenly, the eagle let go of the fish! The fish is dropping to the ground when the smaller bird snatches it out of thin air and flies away! It was so graceful, it looked choreographed.

    I was jumping up and down and saying "Wow!" I was so excited! Some bikers passed by (I hadn't even noticed them coming) and I'm sure they thought I was a crazy person....

    It has been quite a year for wildlife - in the air, in the water, and on the ground!!
     
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    It could have been mom or dad teaching the kids since juvenile bald eagles and ospreys look alot alike. I saw 2 adults and 2 juveniles over my house several years ago. Looked like they were just learning to fly/hunt and was really awesome to watch.
     
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    Are you sure that is not an Osprey? They look kind of like an Eagle.
     
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    Ospreys are frequently perched in the trees outside my window. One day I saw one with a fish in his beak so I got out binoculars to get a closer look. Almost wish I hadn't. It was hard to watch
    the fish flopping for a long long time as the osprey fed himself on live flesh, pecking first through the mouth and face, and , need I continue?
     
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    Magnificent photo, davisprop!! :clap:



    Love this story! Amazing! :clap:

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    Pretty sure that is a bald eagle. There are several nesting pairs in the area. The Florida osprey is a much smaller bird of prey but are just as awesome to behold. They tend to be more solitary where the eagles are frequently seen in pairs or with the young hatchlings this time of year.
     
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    Same Birdie, bald eagle for sure...
     
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    I also spotted a pair over Western Lake last weekend. Got a shot of them but its a bit blurry.
     
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    Many thanks for posting all the photos!
     
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    Unfortunately we didn't have our camera with us ...
    We were standing in the Shops of Grayton talking with a shop owner ...
    And we got a great view of a Bald Eagle flying overhead.
    There was no question in our mind what it was!
    Was a wonderful treat!
     
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    More info on Bald Eagles

    For those bird lovers out there who are interested to know a little more - Lori Ceier of WaltonOutdoors (who also posted one of our photos from last week) included some pretty cool info about Bald Eagles.... check out the post she included on her site. http://www.waltonoutdoors.com/southern-bald-eagle-thrives-in-florida/.

    Thanks to all for the kind compliments on the photo -!
     
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    Thanks Jamie! Got lucky today and was able to capture the beautiful raptor on video perched on the same tree as your photo!

    Bald Eagle captured on video on Western Lake in South Walton County | Welcome to Walton Outdoors
     

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