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Sunday, 19 March 2017

Common Merganser






I began the day photographing three females of this species in another pond in the same area. Later I was lucky enough to have a single female land nearby at another location. It was soon followed by a male and three more females. I was able to watch at fairly close range as they fed and preened. I knew they would take off when I got up to leave and was able to capture part of that moment. Last day of February, near Matthew's Lake.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Owls







The Barred Owl in the top three photos was hanging out near my bird feeders one day after the second big snow storm we had here this Winter. It seemed to be interested in the squirrels that had been hanging out under the feeders. The smaller mammals that make up their usual diet would have been buried under about 2 feet of snow. I watched it go after something on one occasion but without success. February 18, East Jordan, NS.

The Great Horned Owl was one of a pair I stumbled on one day. Late Winter is typically breeding season for these birds so I assume they were male and female. I can't say with certainty which sex this bird might be although from past experience the males seem a little bolder and so more approachable.  February 5, near Little Harbour, NS.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Long-billed Dowitcher


 I found this bird feeding on the edge of Matthew`s Lake on January 23. I wasn`t expecting to find any shorebirds at that late date although some species do attempt to overwinter in small numbers. This species would have been low on my list of what I might expect since they are rare in any season in this province.

A Winter's Day - A Long Time Ago

Well I had to give this post a title, seems appropriate given it's been awhile since I've posted anything.
These were all taken the day of the local Christmas bird count (Jan 2) in the Matthew's Lake area, except the Nuthatch which was here in the yard back in late December.




I probably don't need to label these but from top to bottom they are Black-capped Chickadee, American Tree Sparrow, Yellow-rumped Warbler and Red-breasted Nuthatch. The most interesting birds on count day were a Nashville Warbler which I failed to get a picture of  (not for lack of trying) and an American Kestrel which was hunting along the beach wall but stayed out of range for a decent photo.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Dunlin




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.