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One of the things I like best about Apopka is the ability to see Osprey "up close" and feeding. This impressive raptor (also known as a "fish hawk") will dive, grab a large fish and then head for a tree (or, at Apopka, a tall pole) to consume at leisure.

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Below: Juvenile Osprey

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This moment when the Osprey is feeding is a great time to observe the caution, the "stare" and - if threat arises - the fly-away with half-eaten fish in talons.

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Surprisingly, the Cardinal is not as frequently viewed as many other species.    

The Anhinga, for example, can easily be seen in its common wind-drying pose. Unlike most water birds, these do not have the necessary oils to shed water from their wings after a dive. Thus, they must hang them out to dry, so to speak. At Apopka, one sees Anhinga nests, males in full feather display , brown females and juveniles in various stages of feather development.

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Left: One of the stunning features of the Anhinga during mating season is the very prominent blue eye.

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Herons, of course, very common at Apopka. The Great Blue Heron offers many photo opps - sometimes he seems to pose!

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Left:  As they fish, Tri-colored Herons prance through the water

Right: In March 2019 a large number of Little Blue Herons had arrived - adding extra beauty to my days at Apopka.

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One of the things I love about Apopka is that it is so easy to witness the co-existence and symbiosis of species. Territories are often made very clear

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