Sunday, 13 November 2016


I spent less time this year photographing shorebirds than in the past and I might have neglected these had there been anything more interesting around to shoot. These birds seem to be a little more approachable than some other species so I was happy to find them on a day that didn't have much else to offer. October 16, Black Rock Beach.

Wood Duck - Beginning to get his full breeding plumage.

There were two males in the flock that were not in full breeding plumage. One was clearly a juvenile. This bird I would assume to be a juvenile as well although it looked considerably more like an adult than the other. Possibly from an earlier brood.  October 11, East Jordan.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Wood Ducks, the Golden Hour and Fall Scenery

I took the shots of the Wood Ducks during the last hour of daylight on two nights in October, two days apart. The drake and hen on October 11 and the two drakes on October 13. The landscape shot was taken the day in between and all were taken at the same location. It seems quite obvious from the top three photos why they refer to this time of the day as the golden hour.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Longspur (possible Smith's) -updated Nov. 16

This may be the first of this species I've seen this year, certainly the only bird I've seen this close. I'm always happy when I can find a lone bird since whenever there's a flock of several, the first to take flight will generally take the rest of the flock with it. This one sat still long enough to get a few, although similar pictures. October 11, West Head NS.
Update  It was brought to my attention that this bird is likely a Smith's Longspur which would mean it's quite a rarity for this area. It's not a species that I've seen in the past but the description seems to fit. I wasn't that comfortable in the beginning calling it a Lapland Longspur since it lacked the strong facial markings that I'm familiar with from other sightings of that species and the reddish wing coverts seem to be lacking. What initially drew my attention to this bird was the large amount of white visible on the outside of the tail when it flew to the location where this shot was taken. That would be another reason to suspect this bird was a Smith's. I'll be paying closer attention on future Longspur sightings.  Thanks to those who helped ID this bird.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Plover and Shadows

I happened on a small flock of Semipalmated Plovers feeding on bugs on a rocky beach one day in early October. It seemed like they didn't want to share the particular rock they were standing on and it was rare to see two birds sharing the same space. I guess maybe there weren't enough bugs to go around. October 11, West Head, NS.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Teal and other Fall Colours

I just like the colours reflected in the water on this shot. No other reason - well there are birds in the shot too - Green-winged Teal in this case.  Looks like we'll be losing the last of the colourful Fall foliage during the wind and rain of the next couple of days. October 8, East Jordan NS.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Drakes - Wood Ducks

There is a local pond where you can generally find Wood Ducks during late Summer and into early Autumn. This year was no exception. During the first part of the season they are molting from eclipse plumage into breeding plumage. Usually by early Autumn most are in full breeding plumage.

Of the nine or ten birds that frequented the pond I only found one female, there was one juvenile male and another drake that was still in partial eclipse plumage. Unlucky for me since that was the one bird I actually got closest to. I'll post those shots later. These are from October 8.