A cold, overcast day still turned up some good birds at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive
Regular readers of my blog will know that my dad and I love to go out on photo expeditions together. With my crazy work schedule, we haven’t been out much lately. All winter I’ve been promising him a trip to Viera Wetlands. Well, we finally went! The wetlands were a little quiet, but we had some good photo ops. Then on the way back, we stopped off to see Scrub Jays. It was a great morning and so nice to be back out behind a camera!! The Great Blue Heron nesting season is starting wind down at Viera Wetlands. Junior, the first baby, stood tall and proud on his nest. I’m not sure the piggy-back rides that I saw on my last visit amounted to much. Only one pair appeared to still be nest-building. The rest of the birds had fairly big babies. I think stick-stealing season is over for the year. We noticed a little Green Heron sitting at the edge of the water. They are rarely this visible, preferring to stay under cover when possible. We hopped out of the car to take a few shots of this very cooperative subject. The ducks weren’t as plentiful at Viera […]
Sometimes you just have to be in the right place at the right time. A few days ago when I was at Viera Wetlands, I was waiting for a fly-in shot on a nice palm trunk perch. The birds weren’t cooperating, though, and my attention moved to a Belted Kingfisher sitting on a different palm trunk. I noticed a second small bird sharing the perch with the kingfisher, and I moved the camera over to check him out (it was a European Starling). Within seconds, a Double-Crested Cormorant flew in and displaced both the Kingfisher and the Starling. Lucky for me I had the camera on 8-frames-a-second mode!