It was another magical early June morning at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive. I hadn’t driven very far when I found a few friends – and they were watching a baby Least Bittern! I got out my long lens and my 2x teleconverter and watched the baby learning how to fish.
On the power lines behind me, a trio of baby Northern Rough-winged Swallows sat on a power line waiting for Mom and Dad to bring in breakfast. I walked over to get a closer shot of the babies.
I turned around when I heard splashing behind me. A pair of Common Gallinules was fighting in the water. I was shooting straight into the sun, but it was still a fun shot.
Then I looked up and saw an Osprey flying toward me with a fish. All of this great activity, and I had barely ventured out onto the drive!
I headed down to the Pump House area, where I wanted to check on a bird nest I had seen on my previous bike ride. The nest was empty, but the view of the lake shore was gorgeous.
I found a Least Bittern in my favorite Least Bittern hangout. I watched as an adult perched on a branch, stretched long and hard, and finally grabbed a fish. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of photographing these birds!
My last bird of the morning was a juvenile Barn Swallow on the power line down by the swallow nesting site. He looked hopefully at me, wishing I would take him a dragonfly. I told him that his mom would take care of that, and that I’d see him on my next visit!
Want to learn more about nature photography at Lake Apopka?
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!
Planning a trip to Florida? Don't miss my Central Florida Bird Photography Locations reference guide!