Late August Trip to Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

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I can’t believe I forgot to publish this post! These photos were taken in late August after a visit to the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive. The morning was gorgeous. I’d just started to sniff a tiny hint of fall in the air, and right on time, I spotted some migrating fall warblers.

Just off Lust Road by the Crazy U were the usual Gray-headed Swamphens. Except they had a small surprise with them on this visit. A baby! This was the first time I’d seen a baby swamphen. She reminded me of a baby gallinule, but bigger. Nature never stops amazing me with the camouflage given to young birds to protect them. Look closely under Mom’s backside here…peek a boo!

Gray-headed Swamphen with Baby
Gray-headed Swamphen with Baby

I spent a little while at the trees at the Crazy U, where I often see migrating warblers during the spring and fall. It didn’t take long to spot motion in the trees, and with a little bit of patience, a young Prairie Warbler hopped out to say hi to my camera. He showed off the small bug he’d just caught for breakfast before disappearing back into the vegetation.

Prairie Warbler
Prairie Warbler

Yellow Warblers start to pass through Florida at the end of August, and this year was no exception. This bright yellow beauty was one of several that I spotted this morning. Photographing them is a challenge since they don’t sit still for long!

Yellow Warbler
Yellow Warbler

I spent most of my morning wandering around the Crazy U. By the time I moved on, I didn’t linger at other spots. But I couldn’t resist pulling out the camera when I saw this Common Gallinule feeding her baby. I love how the babies flap their little wing-stubs to beg for food.

Common Gallinule Baby Begging
Common Gallinule Baby Begging

It was a great end to a great morning. I can’t wait to get out there again! :)

Unexpected Lifer: Yellow-headed Blackbird

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It’s not every day that you look out your window and see a lifer bird at your feeder!

Yellow-headed Blackbird
Yellow-headed Blackbird

This is a Yellow-headed Blackbird. He showed up on a gray, icky day after Tropical Storm Eta passed through the state. His normal range is west of the Mississippi River, but there are regular reports of vagrants in Florida. A Yellow-headed Blackbird was photographed flying over Lake Apopka on November 3; it’s possible that this is the same bird.

Friday the 13rd brought some good luck as I updated my Life List!

Introducing Little No-Name!

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We’ll take a break from our regular birding posts to introduce you to the little girl who just adopted my parents…

Hello World
Hello World

This little rascal is quickly captivating our hearts. She’s just eight weeks old and so tiny! Her favorite place is her blue condo.

Happy Girl
Happy Girl

She’s a regular busy bee, always on the move with her toys and, well, anything that moves. Except when she’s asleep…

Sleepy Girl
Sleepy Girl

I have a feeling that my shorter-angle lenses will get a workout with this little cutie around. Who can resist this face?

Want to Play?
Want to Play?

I will let her introduce herself. She’s quite vocal! Maybe soon she’ll tell us what her name is! :)