Yesterday morning I drove out to the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive. It’s one of my favorite places for birding, and I was hoping to photograph a Yellow-breasted Chat that had been located there the day before. I heard two calling and singing in different places, but neither was interested in coming into view so I could get his photo. Still, it was a fun drive.
My favorite moment, though, had nothing to do with birds. I saw an opossum walking towards me. At first I thought it had some sort of deformity. It looked like it had a growth coming out the left side of its head. But as it came closer, I noticed she had 4 little ones clinging on to her! Because one was covering her eyes, I think she was more concerned with her young than with me.
So I crouched down and remained motionless to let it get closer. When it came closer than my camera could focus, I backed up. She seemed totally unconcerned with me until I stood up to walk away, at which point she wandered into the taller grasses. These moments made my day.