On April 8, I drove out to Orlando Wetlands Park, one of my favorite destinations in Orange County (second only to Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive). I was not disappointed. I decided this year I would try to diversify my photography and make a special effort to photograph scenery, wildflowers and wildlife other than birds. Orlando […]
A few days ago a friend of mine visited Hal Scott to monitor the Red-cockaded Woodpeckers that breed on the grounds. As he walked through the wiregrass, he flushed about 3 Henslow’s Sparrows. There is so much good habitat for this species in this park, but I’ve never really gone searching for them because they’re […]
I’ve been chasing sightings of Yellow-headed Blackbirds in Florida for years. I’ve gone to Palm Beach County, where they are regular in the winter time, I’ve gone up to Alachua County, where they’ve been seen the day before and the day after I was there. I’ve chased them around Lake Apopka, where they’ve always eluded […]
This morning I drove to the Seminole Ranch Conservation Area. The parking area for it is right across the street from Orlando Wetlands Park. If there’s no hunt planned for the day, you can get there as early as you like and walk to the St. John’s River. The trail takes you to the St. […]
Yesterday afternoon I drove out to Polk County to a kingbird roost about 1.5 hours from my house. Both Western Kingbirds and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers have been regularly reported there over the last few weeks. I arrived around 4:30 and within about 10 minutes or so, the Western Kingbirds started flying in. I counted about 8 […]
On Saturday I drove out to the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive to see a Lark Sparrow that had been found there the day before. It was seen near the gate area, so I didn’t do the whole drive. I just walked up and down Lust Rd until I finally saw the Lark Sparrow. While waiting […]
Back in August I visited Lake Apopka and found an Anhinga right after it speared a fish, giving me lots of opportunities for photos. This one is my favorites because the fish looks completely surprised to be having such a bad day.
Last week I drove out to Mead Gardens, hoping to see a Wilson’s Warbler that had been photographed there the day before. Unfortunately, it either moved on or hid from me the whole time I was there, but that’s to be expected. Thankfully, a few days later another Wilson’s Warbler showed up at Central Winds […]