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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.


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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