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Saturday, 14 October 2017

Wilson's Phalarope - One of a Pair

This bird was one of a pair of Wilson's Phalaropes seen about a week after the earlier sighting of the lone individual. The other bird in the pair was an adult and wasn't as approachable. This is likely the same juvenile I photographed earlier although I can't say with any certainty. It was found in an area not far from the previous sighting but under different lighting conditions.  September 2, Matthew's Lake.



Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Black-bellied Plover

This species is quite variable in the plumage phases it exhibits when they arrive here during their migration South. I'm mostly guessing when I say that of the three birds shown here, two are juveniles and the other is a female moulting into Winter plumage. There are usually many birds that are sporting full breeding plumage (black breast and belly) but the ratio gets less as the season wears on. I'm not often lucky enough to get shots of the those birds. The bottom two shots are from September 2, the top is from mid August.




Sunday, 8 October 2017

Dunlin

 This was the first time I observed this species this year at the lake. They are always one of the last shorebirds to arrive after nesting in the high Arctic and one of the last to leave. This one is still sporting some of it's breeding plumage but will turn mostly grey and white later in the Fall if they haven't already. These were taken over a month ago.  September 2, Matthew's Lake.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Belted Kingfisher

I didn't have much luck getting close to kingfishers this year or letting them get close to me for that matter. This was about the best I could do. It takes a certain amount of dedication, time and luck to get good photos of this species and I had limited amounts of all the necessary ingredients. Well there is always next year. September 2, Matthew's Lake.


Saturday, 30 September 2017

Late Summer Warblers

Cape May Warbler has been high on my list for a photo of a male in Spring breeding plumage. Unfortunately I haven't been lucky enough to get that shot but I was happy to at least get a shot of one in late summer, possibly an adult female, when they are still fairly bright in colour. This was part of a mixed flock of mostly Palm Warblers, the shot of the Palm Warbler here however was taken on a different day at a separate location. September 2, Matthew's Lake and September 9, East Jordan respectively.



Friday, 29 September 2017

Got One - Greater Yellowlegs

These birds are pretty versatile in their feeding habits. You often see them darting around in shallow water trying to catch small fish. They are aided by those long yellow legs relative to their body size.  It's not that often that you see them catch something or maybe I haven't been paying close enough attention. August 27.




Thursday, 28 September 2017

Close-up. Juvenile Great Blue Heron

This bird seemed like it had never seen a human up close before. It was more curious than afraid although eventually it flew off. In the second photo it is watching a plane fly overhead. The same plane I think that spent the next couple of days mapping the ocean bottom in the area. August 27, Matthew's Lake.