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.
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 beautiful sunrise was just the start of a great morning of photography at Lake Apopka. Bitterns and grebes, oh my!Read More
Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive continues to yield great birds, including American White Pelicans and Red-breasted Merganser - in June!Read More
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
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
Least Bitterns are usually secretive, but apparently they like to come out on rainy days! Photos taken at Lake Apopka Wildlife DriveRead More
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 are adorably cute as they beg for Mom to feed them. Photographs from the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive.Read More
I came across this snake wrapped around a Pied-billed Grebe's neck. Snakes make bad necklaces for birds!Read More
The sky was on fire at Magnolia Park as the setting sun bathed the clouds in colorRead More
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
A cloudy morning on Lust Road yielded most of the specialty birds, most of whom posed on fences! Silly birds...Read More
A nice morning at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive yielded my lifer Merlin and a Vesper SparrowRead More
Lust Road turned out to be great for uncommon birds, including Grasshopper Sparrow, Ash-throated Flycatcher, and Blue GrosbeakRead More
A Hooded Merganser and Bufflehead were the Odd Couple at the Lake Apopka Wildlife DriveRead More
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
The Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive was more peaceful than the malls on this Black Friday! Little birds all over posed for my cameraRead More
There was lots of activity along the new Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, including nesting Red-winged Blackbirds and newly fledged Barn SwallowsRead More
My first lifer of 2015 was a Groove-billed Ani at the Lake Apopka Restoration Area. A foggy silly morning with friends... :)Read More