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 Wetlands Park is a great place for this. Thee were lots of Prairie Irises blooming all over the park.
And a Blue Dasher dragonfly was also perched photogenically. This is to me a stunning male.
But I simply can’t tear myself away from the birds entirely. There was so much there to photograph and enjoy. The only rarity was a group of three Stilt Sandpipers mixed in with a flock of Long-billed Dowitchers.
The Purple Swamphen has left the park (or was removed?), but the Purple Gallinules are still abundant and as beautiful as ever.
And of course who could resist a Savannah Sparrow if he’s going to perch so nicely like this one did. This bird gave me about 2 minutes to position myself to get a pleasing background.
And then of course there’s the waders. A Green Heron came out in the open in nice light, and the night-heron roost sported three Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, probably the most I’ve seen in the park.