A cute Pied-billed Grebe [Aren’t they always cute?] floats on Lake Apopka in Florida on wind-rippled water reflecting the blue sky above. Podilymbus podiceps in a complex interplay of light and water.
Great Blue Herons along the shore of Lake Apopka in Florida. A Great Blue Heron stands atop a downed utility pole. This was taken shortly after Hurricane Matthew but the storm may not have been the cause of the toppled pole, which was a bit of a mystery. That’s a Snowy Egret looking inconspicuous in size and attitude higher up on the pole at right. Ardea herodias in stately display.
The Anhinga is an odd bird mixing several evolutionary traits. The bird spends a lot of time underwater where it catches fish by spearing them with its long, sharp bill. And when it is done with its underwater foraging it will take to the skies where it can soar on wide wings with the best of them. And what of that impressively long neck – buff brown for females, black for males? It is what gives the bird the local […]
A Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) hops around on the ground going after insects near the shore of Lake Apopka. If I see a Warbler during winter in Florida it is most likely this one, who seems to have adapted to a wide range of habitats during its seasonal stay.
An American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) basks in the Sun along the shore of Lake Apopka in Florida. The gator’s toothy visage was reason enough to not get out of the car at this spot.