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Another trip to the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Birds and critters of the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Withlacoochee River

Paddling the Withlacoochee from Iron Bridge down to I-75.

Area 5

Area 5 is a reclaimed muck farm near the Emeralda Marsh. About 10 to 12 years ago, this was a premium fishing hole for bass and blue gills.  I had one trusted hole where I could catch blue gills all day long nearly as fast as I could cast a line.  Today, the lake is mostly overgrown with weeds and grass.  Although pretty much impossible to navigate with anything other than an air boat, it is a refuge for water fowl.  On my most recent trip, the lake was filled with coots, ducks, herons, egrets and other wading birds.

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Area 5

Photos taken at Area 5 near the Emeralda Marsh

Emeralda Marsh

When I bought my first DSLR in 2005, my go-to place for photographing birds was the Emeralda Marsh. With my trusty new Nikon D70 and a Sigma 500mm lens, I romped through the wetlands looking for anything that would sit still long enough for me to snap a photo. Then, the marsh was perfect with a lot of water and plenty of birding opportunities.

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The next few years would not be kind to the marsh, though. A combination of drought and meddling in nature by the St Johns Water Management District, drained much of the marsh and the w…

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Emeralda Marsh

Photos from Emeralda Marsh in 2005

Ibis

Ibis on the shore of Lake Doe in the Ocala National Forest