Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Discussion in 'Non Disney Photos / Mobile Phone Photos' started by Scottwdw, Feb 8, 2019.

  1. Scottwdw

    Scottwdw Member

    Thanks to @Joanie Eddis-Koch who mentioned this in another thread, I checked out the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive today. It is an 11 mile well maintained dirt road through a Florida wetland. The drive changes directions so sometimes the light is good for the left side of a vehicle, sometimes the right. There are many turnoffs to either let other vehicles go by or to get out and stretch. There are hiking paths and trails which I will explore in the future.

    Here's a reference link: Lake Apopka North Shore

    I used a Nikon D500 dSLR camera coupled with a Nikon 80-400mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S VRII lens. With the crop factor, it goes out out to 600mm.

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    Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga)

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    Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)

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    Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata)

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    Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

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    Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor)

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    Green Heron (Butorides virescens)

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    Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) panting to keep cool

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    Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)

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    American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)
     
  2. Wow you were KILLING IT with the camera. Way to go!

    I hope to get there one day, preferable when the wild life is active.

    ~J
     
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  3. gary

    gary Member

    giving serious thought to driving over there on the wednesday morning before pixel mania, it is only about 19 miles according to google maps and looks like a fairly easy drive

    NEVER MIND, IT IS ONLY OPEN FRIDAY TO SUNDAYS
     
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  4. Scottwdw

    Scottwdw Member

    Yeah, it worked out for me as we moved out of WDW on Thursday to my daughter's place in Tavares.

    Note, use this address for the start of the wildlife drive as it is one way: 2850 Lust Road, Apopka, FL

    Chances are it will add a bit of time and distance as it did for us.
     
  5. zackiedawg

    zackiedawg Member Staff Member

    You could also consider a quick drive over to Gatorland during Pixelmania. They have a rookery there around the alligator breeding ponds that attracts large numbers of Florida birds at very close distances. It's very close to Disney - about 10 miles east on Osceola Parkway to 441 N. It's a walking boardwalk, and you could do fine even with a 200mm to 300mm lens there.
     
  6. gary

    gary Member

    consider it on the menu boys
     
  7. RedOctober25

    RedOctober25 Member

    I’d be up for that too if others want to make it a shoulder season event...


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  8. gary

    gary Member

    gator land is really starting to look good for wednesday, they open at 10, which allows plenty of time for a stroll and photograment before heading back to get readymade for the traditional meat before the meet dinner

    and, there is a waffle house right on the way, we can stop at for breakfast, cheaper than disney and i like waffle house, a lot, i never ever pass up a chance to have breakfast in a waffle house on the road
     
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  9. jbwolffiv

    jbwolffiv Member

    Gary, I drive out to Pennsylvania at least 1 time each year to our closest one just for the waffles, 1.5 hours away.
     
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  11. zackiedawg

    zackiedawg Member Staff Member

    I guess I'll have to confess now...I've never been to a Waffle House. Don't have them in my town, and didn't grow up with them. Back in the early 70s, when I was going to Disney with my grandmother as a child, we always ate at a Perkin's, which was right next door to the Ramada Inn we always stayed at on 192. In my hometown, the greasy spoon local was always Denny's. I guess I may need to try a Waffle House one of these days!
     
  12. gary

    gary Member

    pecan waffle, home fries, covered, smothered & scattered, coffee, nothing else needs to be said, no other words need be exchanged with the waitstaff past "how are you today hun"
     
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  13. Scottwdw

    Scottwdw Member

    Boy, did this thread get off topic! o_O

    So, let's put it back...

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    Double-crested Cormorant in flight.

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    Glossy Ibis

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    Great Blue Heron with a fish
     
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  14. Scottwdw

    Scottwdw Member

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  15. This birding festival is January 16-20, 2020.

    This might be cool Pixelmania side trip. Lake Apopka is 45 minutes North of WDW.

    I am tempted to do this. The variety of migrating birds wintering over here is spectacular. It would be great to try and photograph them.

    ~Joanie
     

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