Sunday, 13 November 2016
Thursday, 10 November 2016
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
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
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
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
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.