Sunday, April 2, 2017

Apopka Wildlife Drive - January 16, 2017

This was a great day at Apopka.  Went to find the Ash-throated Flycatcher (very rare) and hopefully a Vesper Sparrow (another life bird).  Found both at the entrance gate to the park after just a few minutes of searching.  Spent the next hour watching the flycatcher, then had to move on before it got too late.  Before all of that though, I got this great shot of some loggerhead shrike leftovers.
"Butcher Bird" leftovers
Vesper Sparrow
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Soon after moving on, just around the first turn, someone said there had been a yellow-breasted chat hanging around 30 minutes earlier.  Eventually, after a half hour or so of looking, I was able to see it for one second and get an identifiable photograph.  The third "life bird" for the day!  There is always so much to see!

One of many gators along the drive
Green Heron
Pied-billed Grebe
Ruddy Duck
Shoveler Duck

Great Blue Heron vs. Anhinga

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