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Lake Apopka

Lake Apopka hosts a myriad of bird and other wildlife. The new wildlife drive is awesome!

Photography advice: 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).

Visit the Lake Apopka North Shore website. Note that the wildlife drive is only open Friday through Sunday and federal holidays.


Chasing Warblers at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Chasing Warblers at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive - September 2017

A Labor Day photo outing at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive yielded fall migrants: Yellow Warblers, Prairie Warblers, and the entertaining Belted KingfisherRead More


Another Morning at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Another Morning at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive - August 2017

A slow morning of photography at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive made perfect by one juvenile Barn Swallow :)Read More


Feeding Frenzy at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Feeding Frenzy at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive - August 2017

Alligators, wading birds, and Ospreys all vied for fish in a feeding frenzy at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive pump house pondRead More


Another Magnolia Park Summer Sunset

Another Magnolia Park Summer Sunset - August 2017

Another summer sunset at Magnolia Park. Always a fun place to photograph, even when the colors are just average!Read More


A Third Pied-Billed Grebe Nest at Lake Apopka

A Third Pied-Billed Grebe Nest at Lake Apopka - August 2017

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! :)Read More


Beware the Red-winged Blackbirds! at LAWD

Beware the Red-winged Blackbirds! at LAWD - August 2017

Red-winged Blackbirds were attacking Swallow-tailed Kites who hunted insects over the fields, right over the blackbirds' nest.Read More


The First Sign of Fall at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

The First Sign of Fall at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive - August 2017

My dad and I spotted our first-of-fall Belted Kingfisher at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive on July 16. Fall migration is underway!Read More


Osprey with Fish! at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Osprey with Fish! at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive - August 2017

A morning of exciting action and flight photography at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive...and so many Osprey with Fish!Read More


Lazy Summer Morning at Lake Apopka

Lazy Summer Morning at Lake Apopka - August 2017

More summer photography from the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive. Lots of juveniles-Pied-billed Grebe, Green Heron, Least Bittern, Purple MartinsRead More


Another Summer Morning on LAWD

Another Summer Morning on LAWD - August 2017

Another fun morning of photography at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive (LAWD) - Green Herons, Common Gallinule, Least Bittern, White-winged DoveRead More


Feeding Time for the Barn Swallows at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Feeding Time for the Barn Swallows at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive - August 2017

I photographed not one, not two, but fourteen bugs that Mom brought in to feed her baby Barn Swallows at the Lake Apopka Wildlife DriveRead More


Mississippi Kites

Mississippi Kites - August 2017

It's been fun photographing a few Mississippi Kites mixed in with the Swallow-tailed Kites at Lake Apopka Wildlife Refuge this summerRead More


Let’s Go Fly a Kite! at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Let’s Go Fly a Kite! at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive - July 2017

Hundreds of Swallow-tailed Kites kettling overhead makes for a happy bird photographer...especially when the birds start feeding on the wingRead More


Nature’s Fireworks at Magnolia Park

Nature’s Fireworks at Magnolia Park - July 2017

Over the 4th of July weekend I photographed some of nature's fireworks. The sunset was spectacular that evening at Magnolia Park!Read More


July 4th at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

July 4th at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive - July 2017

July 4th bird photography at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive: Osprey with Fish, yawning Least Bittern, swallows, and Swallow-tailed Kites!Read More


More Summer Fun at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

More Summer Fun at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive - July 2017

The photography at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive is awesome this summer! Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Blue Grosbeak, Loggerhead Shrike, Indigo BuntingRead More


Another Pied-Billed Grebe Family at Lake Apopka!

Another Pied-Billed Grebe Family at Lake Apopka! - July 2017

Photos of a Pied-billed Grebe family with two small chicks. They rode on Mom's back and struggled to eat fish for breakfast.Read More


July 4 Weekend at Lake Apopka

July 4 Weekend at Lake Apopka - July 2017

I kicked off my July 4 weekend with a Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive visit and photographed all sorts of fun birdsRead More


Red-winged Blackbirds at Nest

Red-winged Blackbirds at Nest - July 2017

I found a Red-winged Blackbird nest at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, complete with two fledglings and a dad who fed themRead More


Eyes to the Skies at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Eyes to the Skies at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive - July 2017

Another fun morning of bird photography at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, where my eyes were in the skies with flight shots galore!Read More


Baby Purple Gallinules at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Baby Purple Gallinules at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive - July 2017

Baby Purple Gallinules and their parents posed for my camera at the Lake Apopka Wildlife DriveRead More


Forky the Pig

Forky the Pig - June 2017

Fork-tailed Flycatcher in action - catching the bug, losing the bug, regaining the bug, and eating the bug!Read More


Two Cuckoos on a Quest at Lake Apopka

Two Cuckoos on a Quest at Lake Apopka - June 2017

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! :)Read More


Baby Pied-billed Grebes! at Lake Apopka

Baby Pied-billed Grebes! at Lake Apopka - June 2017

I got to photograph baby Pied-billed Grebes at their nest at Lake Apopka. They are so cute with their stripes and orange spots!Read More


A Morning of Possibilities at Lake Apopka

A Morning of Possibilities at Lake Apopka - June 2017

A beautiful sunrise was just the start of a great morning of photography at Lake Apopka. Bitterns and grebes, oh my!Read More


Addicted to the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Addicted to the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive - June 2017

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive continues to yield great birds, including American White Pelicans and Red-breasted Merganser - in June!Read More


The Fun Continues at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

The Fun Continues at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive - June 2017

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).Read More


Rare Fork-tailed Flycatcher at Lake Apopka

Rare Fork-tailed Flycatcher at Lake Apopka - June 2017

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! Read More


Last But Not Least (Bittern) – Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Last But Not Least (Bittern) – Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive - June 2017

Least Bitterns are usually secretive, but apparently they like to come out on rainy days! Photos taken at Lake Apopka Wildlife DriveRead More


First Afternoon Visit to the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

First Afternoon Visit to the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive - June 2017

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!Read More


Baby Barn Swallows at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Baby Barn Swallows at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive - June 2017

Baby Barn Swallows are adorably cute as they beg for Mom to feed them. Photographs from the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive.Read More


Snakes Make Bad Necklaces for Birds!

Snakes Make Bad Necklaces for Birds! - March 2017

I came across this snake wrapped around a Pied-billed Grebe's neck. Snakes make bad necklaces for birds!Read More


Another Great Magnolia Park Sunset

Another Great Magnolia Park Sunset - March 2017

The sky was on fire at Magnolia Park as the setting sun bathed the clouds in colorRead More


Sunset at Magnolia Park

Sunset at Magnolia Park - February 2017

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 …Read More


Why Do the Best Birds Like Ugly Fences? at Lust Road

Why Do the Best Birds Like Ugly Fences? at Lust Road - February 2017

A cloudy morning on Lust Road yielded most of the specialty birds, most of whom posed on fences! Silly birds...Read More


I Found My Nemesis Bird: Merlin!

I Found My Nemesis Bird: Merlin! - February 2017

A nice morning at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive yielded my lifer Merlin and a Vesper SparrowRead More


Lifer Grasshopper Sparrow at Lust Road

Lifer Grasshopper Sparrow at Lust Road - January 2017

Lust Road turned out to be great for uncommon birds, including Grasshopper Sparrow, Ash-throated Flycatcher, and Blue GrosbeakRead More


Odd Couple at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Odd Couple at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive - January 2017

A Hooded Merganser and Bufflehead were the Odd Couple at the Lake Apopka Wildlife DriveRead More


Early May at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Early May at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive - May 2016

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 SwallowRead More


Black Friday at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Black Friday at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive - November 2015

The Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive was more peaceful than the malls on this Black Friday! Little birds all over posed for my cameraRead More


Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive - June 2015

There was lots of activity along the new Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, including nesting Red-winged Blackbirds and newly fledged Barn SwallowsRead More


Search for the Groove-billed Ani

Search for the Groove-billed Ani - January 2015

My first lifer of 2015 was a Groove-billed Ani at the Lake Apopka Restoration Area. A foggy silly morning with friends... :)Read More


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