Beyond the BackyardLake Apopka

Forky the Pig

You haven’t forgotten the Fork-Tailed Flycatcher, have you?  He’s the rare bird who seems to be staying an unusually long time at the sod fields at the end of the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive.  On our last visit to the drive, Forky put on quite a show for my dad and me.  Want to see some action shots? ;-)

Meet Forky.  Meet Forky's bug. I think it's a grasshopper.
Meet Forky. Meet Forky’s bug. I think it’s a grasshopper.
Forky likes to play with his food.  Or maybe it just tastes better upside down.
Forky likes to play with his food. Or maybe it just tastes better upside down.
Be careful playing with your food, Forky.  Sometimes it can fly away!
Be careful playing with your food, Forky. Sometimes it can fly away!
Fork-tailed Flycatching in action!  Forky didn't want to lose his breakfast.
Fork-tailed Flycatching in action! Forky didn’t want to lose his breakfast.
A triumphant return to his branch.  Look at that tail!
A triumphant return to his branch. Look at that tail!
Forky doesn't learn.  The grasshopper got tossed at least two more times before...
Forky doesn’t learn. The grasshopper got tossed at least two more times before…
The final gulp!
The final gulp!

It’s not often that you get to spend quality time with a rare bird.  Forky was definitely showing off all his best fly-catching moves!  It was such a pleasure to watch him.  Then he gave us one final treat…and came in closer!!

Fork-tailed Flycatcher
Fork-tailed Flycatcher

2 thoughts on “Forky the Pig

    1. You’ll get your turn soon. Forky told me that he’ll happily catch a bug for you. You just have to wait till he gets closer. One of these days it’ll stop raining and then I want to go out in the afternoon. The lighting is so much better!

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