The lazy hike at Lake Apopka

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Pied grebes were floating everywhere.

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There were a handful of glossy ibis.

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The lake was full of coots down from the north for the winter.

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This guy was right over my car. I took this hanging out the window.

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“Stop lady, don’t drive into the lake” said the great blue heron.

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The black bellied whistlers near the end of the drive stayed far out in the marsh.

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This lady anhinga had a big gulp.

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These big guys were all along the drive. I stopped the car and got out to take these but they were actually across the water.

There’s a lake north of Orlando that has a driving trail along the north shore. I decided to take my sister up there when she was here over the holidays. It was a good way to get out with doing a lot of walking. She had foot surgery recently so she wasn’t up for a long walk. We drove an hour and a half on the Saturday after Christmas to get there early that morning. At first there wasn’t too many cars there but the closer to lunch it got, the more cars were on the drive. I did see a few more birds than the ones above but only got distant blurry shots of a northern harrier, several bald eagles, a merlin and lots of tiny birds far out in the marsh.

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