Nature therapy at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive included migrating Bobolinks and nesting residents like Common Gallinules, Red-winged Blackbirds, and Black-necked Stilts
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
Photos of a Common Gallinule family tending their nest and three young chicks. Mom and Dad brought in food while a juvenile sibling baby-sat
My addiction to the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive continues! On this particular visit, I scored a first-summer Orchard Oriole and my lifer Cave Swallow
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! :)
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).
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!
Action-packed morning at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, where bugs were being handed out to all the baby birds!
The winter birds are coming back to Orlando Wetlands Park. We had a Painted Bunting, American Bittern, and a camera-shy Merlin
An early September walk at Orlando Wetlands Park yielded photos of Snowy Egrets, Belted Kingfisher, and other wading birds
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
There was lots of activity along the new Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, including nesting Red-winged Blackbirds and newly fledged Barn Swallows
Springtime is the best time at Lakes Morton and Mirror, where it’s easy to photograph tame birds in breeding plumage, and cute babies!
Quiet morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve, in search of my favorite “pole vaulters”, the Purple Gallinules on alligator flag reeds
A summer morning at Lake Morton led me to tiny turtles, young swans, and a protective Father Goose with teenage Muscovy Ducks.
I spent last Sunday morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve. Boy it feels good to get back out there! I was happy to find lots and lots of Roseate Spoonbills still hanging around off the Wading Bird Way trail. I counted over 100! These beautiful birds are some of my favorite ones to photograph. About an hour after sunrise, they seemed to get their fill of breakfast, and they started to fly towards me in groups of one or two. Can you say flight shot practice? It was like when the American White Pelicans are in town, except pink! Speaking of American White Pelicans, a few of those were also still on the water. Normally the pelicans roost on the lake in the middle of winter. I think it’s a little unusual that they are still hanging around. I’m certainly not complaining, though. They are fun to watch as they toss fish back into their mouths and swallow. I had to laugh as a Great Blue Heron strutted his stuff…and then got very cautious as a small gator swam by him. We saw the newest Sandhill Crane colts feeding in the early morning. Several Common Moorhens have families now, […]
The days are getting shorter and I’m getting home later and later…not a good combination for new “In the Backyard” shots. Luckily I still have some fun pictures from Circle B last weekend to share. I think it’s supposed to rain most of the weekend. Sad news for photographers! This is a family of Common Moohens – I mean, Common Gallinules — from Circle B last week. I thought it was cool because it clearly shows three generations of birds. The black bird on the left is an adult. The bird on the far right is a juvenile, just starting to get his full red adult beak. The guys in the middle are babies-turning-into-juveniles. Common Gallinules are somewhat special in that the babies from early spring stick around to help the parents raise the second and third clutches of the summer. Their plumage clearly shows who is who. But it’s funny — often you will see the babies refusing food from their older siblings, and waiting for Mom and Dad to hand out the treats!