Orlando Wetlands Park

After hurricane Sandy left our area Saturday night, I decided to head out to Orlando Wetlands Park for my Sunday morning. There are a pair of male Vermilion Flycatchers out there that I was hoping would cooperate for a photo session. I got some shots of them this past Spring before they left the park for the summer, but I have not been successful in getting updated images this Fall. This visit was no exception. I guess I’ll have to keep trying.

When I head out to Orlando Wetlands Park, I try to get there early enough for a sunrise. Hurricane Sandy took all the clouds with her as she headed up the Atlantic coast, but the morning was still very beautiful. Click an image to view larger.

Orlando Wetlands Park
Orlando Wetlands Park Sunrise

One of my favorite destinations while hiking around the cells is to work the Snowy Egrets that feed by skimming prey as they slowly fly over the water. I got a few images from this visit that I thought came pretty nice.

Orlando Wetlands Park
Snowy Egret

These “Tiny Dancers” are quite graceful in flight.

Orlando Wetlands Park
Snowy Egret

There is an art to fly fishing.

Orlando Wetlands Park
Snowy Egret Fly Fishing

Amazingly, they are able to catch the little fish without ever landing or slowing down. I imagine it takes a while to learn the art and be successful.

Orlando Wetlands Park

So no images of the elusive flycatcher, but I did see him 100 yards or more out in the cypress trees. Hopefully he’ll be more cooperative next time.


  • Scott Simmons

    October 30, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Lovely! Watching those Snowy Egrets fly low over the water there is one of my favorite parts of the park.

  • Michael Libbe

    October 31, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Thanks, Scott! They are a lot of fun to photograph too!

  • Wild Florida

    November 12, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Great pictures Michael! It’s amazing how beautiful the sky and lighting is after a storm.