This Thanksgiving break I scouted out Newton Park on the south shore of Lake Apopka. It is a great little residential park filled with feathered friends, mostly fussy grackles. A number of Purple Gallinules greeted me from the reeds on the edge of the lake. A female Snail Kite flew overhead on her search for her breakfast. I walked out on the dock and found the largest number of Canvasbacks I’ve seen together in Florida – I think I counted 11 of them, mostly females with one drake. A pair of Redhead ducks were out there also, along with some Lesser and one Greater Scaup. On my walk back, one of the grackles hassled an Osprey in mid-air. Then a Double-crested Cormorant did battle with a giant fish and managed to swallow it whole. It was just a quick walk, but it felt great to say hello to my feathered friends!
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Check out my Lake Apopka page with more information about the location, map, website, photography tips, etc. It is archived by date so you can see my images from previous visits. Maybe you'll be inspired for your own trip!
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