FCCP Sunday Morning Photowalk to Kapok Park



The owls have a new chick(s)? and we can see mom on the nest and dad nearby. There can be lots of activity as dad flies in with meals (MRE's) of squirrel, snake, mouse or almost any Kapok resident.  

Other birds and mammals (otters) are in the area and we'll explore the park and surroundings for several hours before heading to lunch.

Every other Sunday morning we will meet at a local park to explore our "wild" side. Wear comfortable walking shoes. The trips will not be strenuous but may involve walking distances of one to two miles. Today we're going Kapok Park, a relatively new Clearwater Park. We've been here before and have seen Limpkins, Red-shouldered Hawks, Great Horned Owls, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Red-winged Blackbirds, Pileated Woodpeckers, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, and many more birds. Otters are seen frequently as well. We meet in the parking lot at 8:30 AM.

An optional lunch will take place afterwards at the Applebees on McMullin-Booth Rd.

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  • Nancy S

    Where is the nest? I was there on Friday and saw no sign of the owls. Is it still that tree on the left as you cross the first bridge? Thank you.

    1 · January 20, 2014

    • Jeff D.

      Yes, nest is in same tree, same nest etc. Twigs have grown up in front of the nest obscuring the view.

      January 21, 2014

    • Nancy S

      Thanks Jeff. I'll have to go back and look some more.

      January 21, 2014

  • Mike P.

    Yeah, I was wrong. My picture from this afternoon shows she is still there just on the other side of the nest (the far right). Also the otter picture came out. The owl is in todays bird photo walk and the otter is in yesterday's wildlife photo walk. both were taken around 5PM on 1 20 14

    1 · January 20, 2014

    • Jeff D.

      I'm still pretty sure this nest has failed. These chicks should be about 3 weeks old and doubling in size every week.

      January 21, 2014

  • Gail

    I was there today and saw the female in the nest at about 1pm. I did not, however, see the male anywhere. I stayed in the park about 3 1/2 hours but he was not to be seen.

    1 · January 21, 2014

  • Mike P.

    On a sad note I went back today and could not find either owl. I talked to several other photographers, a few who had been there all day and only heard that someone saw the male and no one saw the female. The nest area looked different too, so they may have lost the chicks again this year. On the bright side I did see the otter swimming and chasing fish. If any of the shots come out I will post.

    January 20, 2014

    • Jeff D.

      We've had our suspicion for some time that the nest failed. By my estimates the chick should have hatched between Christmas and New Years. I really didn't see much evidence of a chick in the times I've been there and now my suspicions have been confirmed. This pair of owls have had many successful seasons, but have now failed two years in a row. I think the female may be getting pretty old and the eggs may infertile etc.

      January 20, 2014

    • Barbara H.

      I was at Kapok yesterday 12/19 and the female was on the nest at that time it was around 5:00 pm

      1 · January 20, 2014

  • Jim L

    I haven't been able to go on a walk for some time, so it was great to see so many of my friends this morning. I was doubly pleased that so many of us were able to go for an early lunch after the walk. I'd especially like to thank Theresa, Jeff and the others who took the time to make sure I got photos of both the male and female owls. I hope to see everyone again real soon.

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Mike P.

    Hey it was so good that I went back tonight and took a couple more shots. will post tomorrow in the Nikon meetup. No they are not owl shots, but I think Jim will find them interesting!

    January 12, 2014

  • Nancy S

    Great shots everyone, I am so disappointed that I was unable to join you this morning! You took advantage of some great photo ops, I see! Glad you all enjoyed. It looks to have been well attended. See you soon, thanks for posting all of these wonderful photos!

    January 12, 2014

  • Jane L.

    Great walk with super weather, birds, scenery, lots of laughs and a wonderful lunch. Very fun day!

    January 12, 2014

  • Gail

    Fantastic walk. Owls, fish, birds, sun, laughter, food. It doesnt get any better than that on a Sunday morning.

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Denise M.

    Great group. Great photo opportunities. Looking forward to baby owl pictures.

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Sandy S.

    This will be my first venture into "group" photography and I am very much looking forward to the adventure.

    3 · January 11, 2014

    • Mike P.

      Sandy, no I got up close and personal. LOL F4 D and E WSO.

      January 12, 2014

    • Sandy S.

      Yes you did Son! :)

      January 12, 2014

  • Sandy S.

    Super fun shoot. Thanks for organizing it Jeff, and it was great to meet so many wonderful fellow photographers!

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Melissa B.

    Sorry could nt make it Camera issues before I left this morning.

    January 12, 2014

  • Diane A.

    Won't be able to make it after all. Have a great photo shoot!

    January 12, 2014

  • Kathy G.

    I haven't been out in a while but have a cold. Sorry I'll miss this walk.

    January 12, 2014

  • Melissa B.

    Will be joining but will not be at 8:30 as I will be running my son to practice. Look forward to this meet up.it's Been a while for me.

    1 · January 11, 2014

  • Nancy H.

    Looking forward to it. Been months since I have been to Kapok.

    2 · January 9, 2014

  • Rita V.

    I am looking forward to this since I have missed too many lately

    2 · January 6, 2014

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