Saturday, 25 August 2012

Whitewater Lake Trip 2, Part 2 - August 25 2012

Whitewater Lake Trip 2, Part 2

Second series of pictures from our trip. We took almost 1,500 photos on our outing, a little disappointed in how the photos turned out but still enjoyed the experience.
Not certain when we will be posting more photos as we will be busy all of September with harvesting. October will be nearing the end of the southward migration and we will likely have few opportunities until spring to do any more birding.

Eared Grebe and chick

White Faced Ibis

This was taken at about 100 feet, like it because you can see the Ibis's feet

Great Blue Heron I surprised as I crested a hill

Taken at over 100 feet

Great Crested Flycatcher

Greater Yellow Legs

Northern Harrier, these were distant shots, probably around 100 feet

Western Grebe
Red Necked Grebe

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Whitewater Lake Manitoba, Trip 2, Part 1 - August 14 2012

Whitewater Lake Manitoba, Trip 2

Our second trip to Whitewater Lake.
Speaking to one of the locals we found out we were a few weeks early for the fall migration. But it was a very successful trip. We saw a Glossy Ibis, a very rare bird for Manitoba, and at least 30 Blue Winged Teals. A first time sighting of a Glossy Ibis for us.
We had initially identified the Blue Winged Teals as Green Winged Teals but after a monitor calibration it became apparent that we were mistaken.   
We spent two days birding and saw 50 different species, as well as two large Salamanders and two Badgers. 
We took over 1,500 pictures, here are a few, will post some more in a few days.

Badger, one of two we saw, the other was a few hundred feet south of us

I beklieve this is a Bonaparte's Gull juvenile 

Canvasback and Ruddy Ducks

Eared Grebe and chick

White Faced Ibis

White Faced Ibis

Blue-winged Teals

Horses we encountered near the road to the lake


Old school house near the lake

Sign over school house door

Yellow Headed Balckbirds

Friday, 10 August 2012

Bird & Harvest Photos - 10 August 2012

We visited the ponds again and saw one Great Blue Heron at a distance.

Tamron 70-300 at 300mm at about 200 feet

Canon SX40 840mm Heron has caught a Salamander

SX40 840mm crop.  When shooting at 840mm one really needs a monopod or tripod, We had a monopod with us but the piece to attach the camera to the monopod was missing so all the pictures taken were hand held.

Harvest 2012

Monday, 6 August 2012

Great Blue Heron - August 6 2012

Great Blue Heron

We saw 6  Great Blue Herons  the other day, it was a surprise encounter and sadly our pictures didn't turn out as well as we had hoped.
We surprised two in a pond close to the road and managed several quick shots as they flew off and landed in a lagoon about a 1/4 mile away. We stayed in the area for about half and hour and saw 6 of them take off from the lagoon and circle slowly to about 500 feet, then head off in a North Easterly direction. 

Crop of the top bird in the 5th photo, it is carrying a chunk of vegetation.