Thursday, November 17, 2016

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive Part II

Hello,

I wanted to share some more photos from our visit to the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive. It was a pretty day weather wise and a beautiful sky, lots of birds and a few gators.

For Tex's Good Fences, the entrance sign at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive. I am not sure what these grasses in front of the sign are called, but they are pretty.


A view of the lake and sky.


A cute Pied billed Grebe


Red Shouldered Hawk


Great Egret


The Great Blue Heron with his dinner, same bird and fish as in my last post. It took a while for the heron to eat this fish. This heron walked around for awhile turning the fish around different ways in his mouth before it was finally swallowed.


Sunrise from the neighborhood.



As always, I hope you enjoyed my photos. Thank you for your visit and comments on my post. Enjoy your day and the weekend ahead!


Here is a list of linky parties for part of the week, I hope to see you there.


Thanks to Theresa @ The Run*A*Round Ranch for hosting Good Fences.
Thank you to Sylvia, Yogi and Sandy for hosting Skywatch Friday.

66 comments:

Sonja said...

It does look an attractive area, and you do have some lovely sunsets and sunrises

rupam sarma said...

Hello, Just read your post. Thanks for sharing.
Beautiful pics :)
Greetings.

Mildred said...

Good Morning, Eileen. Beautiful sky pictures and I do love those pinkish grasses. The grebe is so sweet! The hawk is rather intimidating. I hope you have an enjoyable day.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Wonderful... but that hawk image is my favourite this week! YAM xx

Christine said...

The sunrise was so pretty! Loved seeing the birds in your area especially the Red Shouldered Hawk! What a great shot, Eileen!
Have a lovely day!

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a lovely place! The grebe is so cute and looks very like our little grebe / dabchick

Tom said...

Love the sunrise, I'm not sure if I'll be able see it today.

Tanya Breese said...

great photos! i'm glad he finally got the fish down!

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful egret in green. the lights on the sign have funky 'spikes' on them. :) love the little pied-billed.

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Beautiful area and so much to see! I love the colors of the sunrise!

Marit Sønstebø said...

Hello,

Beautiful photos of the birds and the pink sky! The Red Shouldered Hawk is so pretty.

Happy Thursday, and have a nice weekend ahead!

Lea said...

Those are pretty grasses, and the hawk is magnificent!
Have a wonderful day!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Wonderful birds and skies, Eileen.
~

Cloudia said...

honey, these are sweet. Have a great day, E

Bev said...

Great photos... I like the hawk!!

Karen S. said...

You both really know how to visit the best of places! Enjoy.

Ana Freire said...

Lovely shots from the lake, Eileen!...
And beautiful sunrise from the neighborhood!
Thank so much, for another lovely sharing!
A big kiss!
Ana

Sandra said...

the sign says it all.. the perfect place for you and your camera.. I love those grasses, they are every where here, and I have always wanted them and yet never had them.

Phil Slade said...

Hello Eileen. Wonderful birds and beautiful skies for your visit to the lake. The hawk is just beautiful in that early morning sun. What an interesting name of Apopka - is that native Indian origin?

Linda said...

Gorgeous photos, Eileen! Looks like a beautiful place!

Nancy J said...

Beautiful sky colours. The grass? Could it be Japanese wind grass or Gossamer Grass? We have them here, the red feathery ends wave so gently in the wind.

Debbie said...

the clouds and skies continue to be amazing no matter where you live!!! i LOVE the egret, surrounded by the pretty green growth!!! all the wild grasses are especially beautiful right now!!!

Rose said...

I so would like to go on this drive...I love that shot right after the fence. Beautiful place.

Karen said...

What a beautiful place. I know you enjoyed your day there. Great photos.

Happyone said...

NICE pictures.
The sunrise is beautiful and I love those pink flowers around the sign. They look soft like dusters.

RedPat said...

You are going to enjoy that spot, Eileen!

Linda W. said...

I like how you captured the heron with a fish in his mouth! And great sky photo too.

carol l mckenna said...

Oh Wow! What a place and What beautiful photography!

Wishing you a peaceful weekend ~ ^_^

Charlene N.K. said...

Such a nice place to visit! And you always find and capture birds amazingly. Your sky shot is also great. Have a beautiful weekend too!

Mama Zen said...

Love that shot of the hawk!

The Yum List said...

What a lovely spot to visit. Love those sky colours!

Mary Cromer said...

Oh you must know I love the Red-Shouldered Hawk, such a beauty too and the Grebe, I think they are such adorable birds. Thank you for hosting this lovely meme Eileen~

Lowcarb team member said...

I agree with you, those grasses in front of the sign are pretty.

You have some very nice shots here Eileen, I do like the hawk and such wonderful colours in the sunrise.

All the best Jan

Martin Kloess said...

Stunning pictures You had a blessed day

Missy George said...

Pretty sunset..Is that the same as a red tailed hawk?? They look very similar??

Michelle said...

Beautiful shots! I don't know what that grass is in the first photo, but I like it!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Hawks are always so noble.

I've seen great blue herons mess with their food before. I have always wondered what the deal is. It is like they are trying to figure out what to do with it.

Felicia said...

the hawk look so regal sitting up there. the sunrise is beautiful.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

The hawk shot is my favorite too! Enjoy your weekend.

Lady Fi said...

Wow - such beautiful shots.

Andrea said...

it is wonderful in the US that you can just drive and go into parks of whatever it is you want to see. It is a great difference here. But yes i love those purple grasses in front of the gate, more than the birds, haha sorry about that. As i am not much of a birder. Happy Weekend Eileen.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Pie billed grebes really ARE cute birds! And you were so patient to follow that GBH as he worked with his catch until he could swallow it ... throw fun to see. Thanks for sharing.

Sussi said...

beautiful! Love the birds!

Dianne said...

A lovely place to take a stroll with your camera Eileen and capture the bird-life

NatureFootstep said...

nice to see the little grebe :)
And, what a sky you got :) Nice.

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Belas fotografias, gostei bastante.
Um abraço e bom fim-de-semana.
Andarilhar

Photo(Geo)grapher said...

What a lovely place. Beautiful shots.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Lovely shots. I've been thinking about taking the drive to Lake Apopka.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful images Eileen.

ann said...

I do enjoy your photos because they are always so interesting, taking me places where I may never go, showing the wildlife that I enjoy so much. Thank you.

thomas said...

nice glowing sunrise

Seraphinas Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
marvelous photos of the different birds and the sunset.
Enjoy your Friday.
Best, Synnöve

John's Island said...

Hi Eileen, Once again it is hard to pick a favorite out of your pictures as they are all so good. I'm going to have to choose 3 this time: the Red Shouldered Hawk, the Great Egret, and the last photo of the sky ... beautiful! Thanks for sharing, as always. Wishing you a happy weekend ahead!

Deborah said...

Beautiful skies! Always love pink!

Photo Cache said...

Such a rich glow on the sunrise.

Worth a Thousand Words

edenhills said...

These are all lovely images. I always enjoy seeing the amazing diversity of wildlife in your part of the worlds.

Ida said...

Beautiful post. The grass in front of that fence entrance is really pretty. Love the pink color. - Nice place to see some cool birds. Enjoyed the Heron eating it's catch and the shot of the hawk.

Helma said...

A beautiful set of various beautiful pictures such as silver and blue heron and a great buzzard! The little grebe is also very nice.
The last picture of the sky is beautiful !!!

Lois said...

Gorgeous photos! I have a pair of those Red Shouldered Hawks living in the woods behind my house and unfortunately they like to sit on my fence which scares the other birds away.

September Violets said...

Beautiful shots Eileen! I had to go back and see the blue heron & fish in your previous post ... amazing! What a great shot of the heron wrestling with such a large fish! I've only seen herons eat tiny little fish, no bigger than a few inches and very slender (or frogs). Poor bird, I hope he didn't regret eating that one. Love the shot of the red-shouldered hawk too ... nice lighting on him :)
Wendy

Pietro Brosio said...

All wonderful images, Eileen, great sunrise.
Happy weekend to you!

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen; I LOVE the grasses with pink color♡♡♡ Grebe and Hawk is gorgeous♪ I've never observed birds eating, it must be interesting to see the way they eat with their different mouth or beaks♫♫♫
Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Irene said...

Great captures, I really love the sky shot. Awesome colors!

Happy weekend!

Irene

Deb from frugal little bungalow said...

What a gorgeous sunrise and I enjoy seeing the hawk captures in this post and the later one :)

Lynne said...

Loved that colorful sky . . .
And the bird sightings in Florida land . . .
Happy Thannksgiving Eileen . . .

Maggee said...

All beautiful shots, as always. I am wayyyy behind in reading blogs, so trying to get it done today! Thanks for sharing! Hugs!