Feathers (all blog posts)

St. Paul Island is one of several islands that make up the Pribilof Islands. It is considered to be one of the best birding hotspots in North America, if not the best. The Red-legged Kittiwake’s distribution is limited to just four localities in the Bering Sea, one of them being the Pribilof Islands (source: Audubon). Many of the rare bird alerts come from St.

It’s always a good day whenever you add a new species to your life list. In my case, I was fortunate to add two birds to my life list, namely Sedge Wren and Willow Flycatcher. Both species were found in the same vicinity and around the same time, however, the photos made were significantly impacted by the different quality of light available.

Nottawasaga Island is a small treed island located at the southern end of Georgian Bay near Collingwood, Ontario. According to IBA Canada, this is one of only four large Great Egret colonies in Canada. Recently I made a trip to the island during breeding season.

For those interested in learning more about Great Egrets, Chip Weseloh, together with Dave Moore and Tina Knezevic, wrote an informative article that appeared in Ontario Birds (April 2014) on the wintering locations of Ontario-banded Great Egrets.

In mid-April, while checking some area eBird reports, I was made aware of Virginia Rails being heard in a wetlands area, which is about an hour's drive west of home. I hopped in my SUV and headed out in search of this secretive bird in the hopes of adding a tick to my life species and with some luck capture a good photo or two.
As I arrived at LaSalle Park near the marina one recent morning, I noticed a Horned Grebe (HOGR) making its way towards the shore on the opposite side of the small bay from where I was standing. I quietly picked up my tripod with attached camera and lens, placed it over my right shoulder and made my way over to the other side of the bay closer to the HOGR.