Monday, 23 December 2013

Winter Scenery - 2014

Winter Photos


To cold to get out birding so we are posting some of our winter photos from the past.


 Corn Field
 Old Truck
 Deer have been feeding here
 Old Building
 Pathway
 River
 Snow
 Old Bird Feeder
 Wild Wheat
 Clearing
 Frost
 Frost
 Fort Whyte Winter
 Frost
 Frost
 Fort Whyte  Winter
 Snow
 Old Rail Bridge Rose Isle
Abandoned Brick Factory

Monday, 28 October 2013

Fall Photos - Southern Manitoba

Fall Photos - Southern Manitoba


Some fall photos taken over the last several years.

 Beaudry Park
 Bruce Park
 Bruce Park
Pembina Escarpment 
 Pembina Escarpment 

 Rose Isle
 Rose Isle
 Rose Isle
 Rose Isle
 Rose Isle
 Rose Isle
 Rose Isle
 Rose Isle
 Rose Isle
 Rose Isle
 Rose Isle
 Rose Isle
 Rose Isle
 Rose Isle
Rose Isle

Monday, 14 October 2013

Bird Photos - October 2013

October 2013

Haven't been out taking photos for sometime as my lens has been acting up, after one outing in July the photos were unusable, seems to be an intermittent problem but sharpness has fallen off and it has been rather frustrating to get home and find most if not all photos are useless.
On this outing the lens worked quite well.
Contacted Tamron who would like me to send it in, but as it is an intermittent problem I'm afraid that they will not find the problem and I could be charged up to $300, not much less than the lens is new, and there is also the possibility that I could get the lens back with the problem being undiscovered and having paid $300 and still having the problem.
Here are a few shots from Fort Whyte Center.
I was surprised to see several Thrushes flying about, was only able to photograph and identify one.
It was a beautiful day for October and I hope to get out again before the snow flies.

 Burrowing Owl
 Canada Geese
 Canada Geese
Dark Eyed Junco
Hermit Thrush
Mallard
Mallards

Friday, 19 July 2013

Whitewater Lake - July 2013

Whitewater Lake July 2013


Have gotten in so little birding this year due to weather and time constraints.
We were a little doubtful of this trip as thunderstorms were predicted for the all across Southern Manitoba. We checked the weather radar and it seemed that the storms would clear by mid morning at the latest. We left at 4:30 AM, when it was just started to spit rain, within 20 minutes we were into the thunderstorm. Thunderstorm lasted for almost 3 hours and we got out of it just before getting to Whitewater Lake. The dirt roads were pretty good except for numerous spots where there were big mud patches and water. We had a few tense moments when we thought we were either going to slide into the marsh or get stuck in the mud.
The trip was well worth it saw lots of birds and added six new birds to our list.
We think we saw two Helmeted Guinea Fowl near Killarney and we definitely saw one near Graysville. The one near Graysville allowed us to approach within 10 feet and we took numerous photos. We are pretty certain that the Guinea Fowl were imported as domestic stock and some have escaped.
As we were going through one large patch of mud and water juvenile Coots started running across the road right in front of us, we easily missed the first three but then a fourth dashed out of the foliage and ran in front of us, we must have missed it by inches as there was no way we could slow down without getting stuck in the mud.
We came across 3 tiny wader chicks, have no idea what they were but they wouldn't get out of our way, we managed to miss all three and got one photo of two of them as they ran away.
I'm pretty certain we ran over a tree swallow that was sitting on the road, it just didn't move and we couldn't maneuver because of the slippery road. I'm certain it was either injured or sick.
Lake is a lot higher this year, very few species in the area set up as a viewing mound. We went to the west side of the lake where there are many marshes and saw a lot of different birds. Some in huge numbers.
As we drove down one gravel road I somehow missed seeing a Swainson's Hawk sitting on a fence post 20 feet off the road until we were right up to it.  I watched it as we drove by and could see its head swivel to watch us pass.
Egret

Swainson's Hawk

American Avocet

Black Crowned Night Heron

Brown Headed Cowbird Fledgling

Coot Juvenile

Received a comment that these are 1 day old Kildeer.

Helmeted Guinea Fowl

Meadow Lark

Solitary Sandpiper

Swainson' Hawk being bullied by what I think could be a Western Kingbird

Swainson' Hawk

Yellow Headed Blackbird