Located in the storied Central Florida town of Howey-in-the-Hills, Mission Inn Resort & Club is an elegant, 1,100 acre destination golf resort close to Orlando. But golf isn’t all that folks flock here enjoy. They also get a bird’s eye view of the resident ospreys who nest at the resort.
The Camera is Rolling at Florida’s Favorite Golf Resort
Mission Inn golf resort near Orlando offers luxurious accommodations and amenities including an onsite camera facility that allows guests to view an osprey nest high atop one the trees.
The sounds captured might not be Shakespearean iambic pentameter and sometimes the cast leaves the set without notice, but this video footage is truly a must for bird lovers, especially those who love the osprey.
Osprey Nesting Habits
Ospreys often nest in bizarre places like on top of cranes, power poles and even stadium lights, so this location at Mission Inn isn’t a surprise. When you visit the Osprey Nest Cam on the resort’s website, you can see the elaborate stick formation of the nest and the osprey mother busy at work, keeping vigilant over her territory.
A large bird, the osprey might look like a bald eagle at first glance with its white head and under part, but it differs with its distinct black eye stripe. This regal flyer with a five to six foot wingspan uses pads on its feet to pluck fish out of the water and curved claws for carrying its prey.
The tall tree home to the osprey nest stands near the resort pool. As you delight in a refreshing afternoon swim, you can glance up and see it. It’s one of many activities you can enjoy at Mission Inn like golfing on the two award winning courses on the grounds.
Snowbirds and Osprey Always Welcome at Mission Inn
It’s true! Birds of a feather do flock together to this golf resort near Orlando. Mission Inn has attracted snowbirds to its delightfully warm climate for close to a 100 years. Some fly down for the amazing golf, others to enjoy the hospitality, excursions, shopping and relaxing that define a Florida holiday.
The El Campeón golf course which is celebrating its centennial was Awarded #1 Top Florida Golf Course and #2 Top U.S. Course in 2015, while Las Colinas golf course is ranked one of the top 25 golf courses in Florida.
Enjoy hiking the Trails of the Conquistadors, two intertwining historical and educational eco-adventure trails. You’ll find the entrance behind La Hacienda restaurant, between the 17th green and the 18th tee of the course.
Ever wanted to try trap or skeet shooting? There’s a dedicated area on the grounds for shooting clay targets. Guns, targets, shells, protective vests, ear and eye protection, instruction and safety tips – Mission Inn provides it all!
Set amidst sparkling lakes, rolling hills and old orange groves, Mission Inn is not only a spectacular setting but a welcoming home-away-from-home. Even the ospreys know this!