Lake Apopka hosts a myriad of bird and other wildlife. The new wildlife drive is awesome!
Take your longest lens for the birds and wildlife. Don't forget a wide angle for scenic shots of the lake shore! Consider checking eBird for rare bird sightings before you go. Finish your day with sunset at Magnolia Park (the adjacent boat ramp is always open).
The wildlife drive is only open Friday through Sunday and federal holidays.
Lake Apopka Blog Archives
- A pair of Blue-winged Teals surprised me when they mated on a cold morning in January. I guess spring is on the way!
- Another evening of sunset photography at Lake Apopka. The sky was on fire and the sunset was beautiful!
- A cold breezy morning was still good for photography at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive - Drake Canvasback, Yellow Warbler, and American Bittern
- Photos of a beautiful winter sunset over Lake Apopka
- An Ash-throated Flycatcher, several kinds of sparrows, and a Painted Bunting posed for my camera at Lust Road
- A quick photography expedition to Magnolia Park to photograph a winter sunset over Lake Apopka
- A cloudy winter morning of bird photography at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Morning yielded my lifer Gray-headed Swamphen along with several good Northern Harrier fly-bys
- A November photography trip to Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive yielded wintering ducks, a cooperative Belted Kingfisher, and fish for breakfast!
- A morning of bird photography at Lake Apopka Wildife Drive where the Crazy U was busy with warblers. Yellow Warblers, Northern Waterthrush
- A family of Black-necked Stilts posed nice and close at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive
- A summer day at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive (LAWD) yielded a wading bird feeding frenzy, lots of Green Herons, begging Barn Swallows, and a singing Indigo Bunting
- Gray skies, moisture-filled air...but the Gray Kingbird put on a good show for me, as did the begging juvenile Barn Swallows and the tiny Black-necked Stilt babies.
- Nature therapy at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive included migrating Bobolinks and nesting residents like Common Gallinules, Red-winged Blackbirds, and Black-necked Stilts
- Both springtime and Red-Winged Blackbirds are in the air at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive! Nesting is underway as birds molt into their breeding plumage
- You can spend a whole morning photographing birds at Lust Road. Yesterday's highlights included Ash-throated Flycatcher and Western Kingbird
- Beautiful January morning of photography at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, where Painted Buntings and Northern Harriers charmed my lens and the Pied-billed Grebes are already courting
- Fantastic photography at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive (LAWD) on a sunny winter morning. Ash-throated Flycatcher, Vermilion Flycatcher, Horned Grebe, and more!
- A cold, overcast day still turned up some good birds at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive
- The Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive reopened just before Christmas. Even a foggy day there is a good day, complete with Merlin, Gadwall, American Wigeon, and a Vermilion Flycatcher!
- A Labor Day photo outing at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive yielded fall migrants: Yellow Warblers, Prairie Warblers, and the entertaining Belted Kingfisher
- A slow morning of photography at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive made perfect by one juvenile Barn Swallow :)
- Alligators, wading birds, and Ospreys all vied for fish in a feeding frenzy at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive pump house pond
- Another summer sunset at Magnolia Park. Always a fun place to photograph, even when the colors are just average!
- I photographed a third Pied-Billed Grebe nest far off in the marsh at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive in early July. Four little babies hatched! :)
- Red-winged Blackbirds were attacking Swallow-tailed Kites who hunted insects over the fields, right over the blackbirds' nest.
- My dad and I spotted our first-of-fall Belted Kingfisher at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive on July 16. Fall migration is underway!
- A morning of exciting action and flight photography at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive...and so many Osprey with Fish!
- More summer photography from the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive. Lots of juveniles-Pied-billed Grebe, Green Heron, Least Bittern, Purple Martins
- Another fun morning of photography at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive (LAWD) - Green Herons, Common Gallinule, Least Bittern, White-winged Dove
- I photographed not one, not two, but fourteen bugs that Mom brought in to feed her baby Barn Swallows at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive
- It's been fun photographing a few Mississippi Kites mixed in with the Swallow-tailed Kites at Lake Apopka Wildlife Refuge this summer
- Hundreds of Swallow-tailed Kites kettling overhead makes for a happy bird photographer...especially when the birds start feeding on the wing
- Over the 4th of July weekend I photographed some of nature's fireworks. The sunset was spectacular that evening at Magnolia Park!
- July 4th bird photography at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive: Osprey with Fish, yawning Least Bittern, swallows, and Swallow-tailed Kites!
- The photography at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive is awesome this summer! Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Blue Grosbeak, Loggerhead Shrike, Indigo Bunting
- Photos of a Pied-billed Grebe family with two small chicks. They rode on Mom's back and struggled to eat fish for breakfast.
- I kicked off my July 4 weekend with a Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive visit and photographed all sorts of fun birds
- I found a Red-winged Blackbird nest at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, complete with two fledglings and a dad who fed them
- Another fun morning of bird photography at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, where my eyes were in the skies with flight shots galore!
- Baby Purple Gallinules and their parents posed for my camera at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive
- Fork-tailed Flycatcher in action - catching the bug, losing the bug, regaining the bug, and eating the bug!
- The photographer-cuckoos met the bird-cuckoo at Lake Apopka. We also saw Pied-billed Grebe babies, Fork-tailed Flycatcher, and our lifer Mississippi Kite! :)
- I got to photograph baby Pied-billed Grebes at their nest at Lake Apopka. They are so cute with their stripes and orange spots!
- A beautiful sunrise was just the start of a great morning of photography at Lake Apopka. Bitterns and grebes, oh my!
- Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive continues to yield great birds, including American White Pelicans and Red-breasted Merganser - in June!
- The Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive has been such fun this month! Highlights of this visit include baby Killdeer, a Yellow-Crowned Night Heron, a Roseate Spoonbill, and the ever-present baby aliens (Common Gallinules).
- A rare (to the US) Fork-tailed Flycatcher has been hanging out at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive. What a fun bird! Such a tail!
- Least Bitterns are usually secretive, but apparently they like to come out on rainy days! Photos taken at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive
- My first afternoon visit to the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, in search of the rare White-faced Ibis and Fork-tailed Flycatcher. Lots of great birds!
- Baby Barn Swallows are adorably cute as they beg for Mom to feed them. Photographs from the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive.
- I came across this snake wrapped around a Pied-billed Grebe's neck. Snakes make bad necklaces for birds!
- The sky was on fire at Magnolia Park as the setting sun bathed the clouds in color
- Last Friday after work, I looked at the sunset forecast and saw that Florida was all red – the best sunset forecast this year! So I asked Rich if we could take a picnic dinner up to Magnolia Park. I’ve seen sunset photographs over Lake Apopka many times, and Magnolia Park is only 15 minutes from our house, but I’d never gone before. Well, I’ll definitely be going back! The sunset was nice. Maybe it’s time for a new sunset project! Rich and I weren’t the only ones there to enjoy the sunset. This couple was taking pictures with their iPhones. I loved how the light shone between them. The clouds were just right to add to the beautiful glow of sunset. The brilliant orange and yellow colors reflected in the lake. It was gorgeous. Often the best colors of sunset are after the sun actually goes down. The clouds starting to glow with a fiery orange. I loved the diagonal lines across the sky. A few minutes later, the clouds were glowing pink and it was time to go. A great end to a long work week!
- A cloudy morning on Lust Road yielded most of the specialty birds, most of whom posed on fences! Silly birds...
- A nice morning at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive yielded my lifer Merlin and a Vesper Sparrow
- Lust Road turned out to be great for uncommon birds, including Grasshopper Sparrow, Ash-throated Flycatcher, and Blue Grosbeak
- A Hooded Merganser and Bufflehead were the Odd Couple at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive
- An early May photography expedition to the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive yielded Osprey, Red-winged Blackbirds, a surprise Sora, Common Gallinule chicks, and a cooperative Barn Swallow
- The Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive was more peaceful than the malls on this Black Friday! Little birds all over posed for my camera
- There was lots of activity along the new Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, including nesting Red-winged Blackbirds and newly fledged Barn Swallows
- My first lifer of 2015 was a Groove-billed Ani at the Lake Apopka Restoration Area. A foggy silly morning with friends... :)