Feathers (all blog posts)

January 9, 2017
One of our group's key target species on the Falkland Islands was the Rufous-chested Dotterel. We walked up a road from the town of Port Stanley until we reached an area of grasslands and heath. It took a few minutes of searching, but we finally got distant looks at a few and with a little patience we were able to approach one, allowing us some great looks and photo opportunities.
January 4, 2017
As our group exited the short bus ride from Port Stanley to Gypsy Cove, one of the first things our guide warned us about was the landmines in the area. A prominent sign greeted vistors warning that although the area is believed to clear of mines, it is possible that a mine may be washed ashore from a nearby minefield. The sign asks people to "please be careful". There is a low wired fence, beyond which is considered "off limits". Needless to say no one from our group considered testing their luck by entering the area.
January 2, 2017
On New Year's Day, I decided to take a break from processing my photos from my recent Antarctica trip and head out to Long Point, Ontario along Lake Erie to see if I could find the Smith's Longspur (SMLO) that has been hanging around for the past couple of weeks.
December 18, 2016
Today’s post is the first in a planned series of posts highlighting some of great birds observed and photographed on my Antarctica expedition voyage, which began in Ushuaia, Argentina. I arrived in Ushuaia three days prior to our ship leaving port, which allowed a group of 10 of us organized by Tom Stephenson to do some birding locally; a sort of warmup for the much anticipated voyage ahead.
November 13, 2016
A solitary Cattle Egret has been lingering at Colonel Sam Smith Park in Toronto, Ontario since the beginning of November. Yesterday I headed out there in my SUV looking to upgrade my Cattle Egret photo library on a beautiful sunny morning and as luck would have it, the Cattle Egret proved to be a wonderful subject. It was rather tame despite numerous dogs and their dog walkers passing by. At one point, the egret flew briefly to the rocky edge of the lake and foraged for food, preened and posed for photographers along the Lake Ontario shore. The direction of light was excellent and I spent...
October 25, 2016
This past weekend I drove to Barrie, Ontario where I searched along the shoreline of Lake Simcoe for Little Gulls, which had been reported in recent days. Whenever there is a flock of Bonaparte’s Gulls, it is always worthwhile to keep a lookout for Little Gulls mixed in. Searching for Little Gulls in this particular area can be rewarding, especially from a photographer’s point of view since there is a good chance that one may get some pretty close views. On this occasion, I lucked out and I was able to capture a few images of immature Little Gulls despite their best attempts to blend in with a
October 19, 2016
Le Conte's Sparrow (Ammodramus leconteii) is a very secretive, small sparrow found in grassy meadows and rare in this part of the province of Ontario. Even when singing, this bird can be very difficult to see. So imagine how difficult it must be to see one during fall migration when it's not singing.
September 16, 2016
Common Eider is a common duck along the rocky shores of Nova Scotia, but back home in Ontario I don’t see it very often, so naturally I looked forward to photographing them on my visit. Less than ideal weather, including heavy fog at times prevented me from getting great photo opportunities much of the time, but on one occasion at Daniel’s Head I did get some decent looks and photographs.
September 9, 2016
This past spring, more specifically late-May, I took advantage of an opportunity to meet up with a good birding friend of mine, Mark Dennis and bird his (new) local patches, including Cape Sable Island, Lower West Pubnico and Baccaro Peninsula, Nova Scotia. The timing was very good for me as I was on my way to Newfoundland at the time and thus it only required me to take a four-hour detour (one way). I spent the better part of three days birding with Mark and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.
August 29, 2016
Shorebird identification can be challenging, which is definitely the case for me; however, there’s nothing better than observing and, in my case, photographing shorebirds as they pause to feed along their fall migration routes to improve one’s identification skills.