As a follow up to yesterday's Green Heron blog post and a suggestion included in the comment section of the same blog post from BetteAnne, I have compiled a more complete sequence of photos that I made of a Green Heron fishing in a marsh at I'le Bizard, Quebec on August 29 (only one of these photos was included in the previous blog post). This sequence would not be possible without the 10 frames/sec available with camera bodies such as the Canon 7D Mark II that I used in this instance.
Last weekend while visiting family near Montreal, Quebec, I had an opportunity to check out I’le Bizard, which is a very nice place to go for birding and bird photography. Green Herons were quite active in the marsh area of the nature park and I took advantage to photograph them going about their daily routine.
Out west, Wilson’s Phalarope is a common breeder and abundant, however, it is uncommon in the east, although it does breed in southeastern Ontario (Source: Pete Dunne’s Essential Field Guide Companion). On the morning of August 15 as I headed out, the rain made me wonder if bird photography on this day would be a worthwhile pursuit; however, the weather forecast suggested it wouldn’t last most of the day.
As I sat on our patio deck a few days back (August 8th), a Cooper’s Hawk flew into a tree in the backyard. This hawk seemed in no hurry and hung out for about a half hour, which provided ample time to grab my camera gear and take advantage of beautiful early evening sunlight to make a number of portraits. I was able to position myself so as to obtain an unobstructed view of the hawk.
The photo below typifies the usual habitat and height at which I observe Scarlet Tanagers. The male is a stunning treetop tanager of mature eastern forests. As such, it can be somewhat difficult filling the frame and you are pretty much at the mercy of Mother Nature when it comes to good lighting conditions, especially beneath a shadowy canopy. Nonetheless, this photo, made at Point Pelee NP in Ontario during spring migration in on May 9, represents one of my better efforts at photographing a Scarlet Tanager near treetop level.
Yellow Warbler is by far the most common warbler that I see. While at Second Marsh, Ontario back on July 21, I spotted this male Yellow Warbler perched on a nearby branch and posing quite nicely for me. I made a few images and upon reviewing my photos upon returning home, I smiled when I saw the image below. I assumed that with the number of sightings I've had of this species, I must have lots of good Yellow Warbler portraits in my Lightroom library, but I was wrong.
At five inches, Black-capped Chickadees are small to begin with, but seeing a tiny fledgling chick on its first day out of its nest is quite the sight to behold. The photos below show just how small and adorable this young Black-capped Chickadee is, who explored our backyard for the first time. It’s an experience that I will remember for a long time.
In Quebec, Common Gallinules breed in the extreme southern part of the province. On July 12, I came across five chicks and their parents while checking out a freshwater marsh area. Water levels were high in the area, which meant finding shorebirds was less likely. Birding was slow and photo opportunities were slim on this day; however, all that was forgotten when my friend, Lucien, and I were startled by an adult Common Gallinule no more than 25 feet away.
The Piping Plover is an endangered species. According to a Government of Ontario brochure I read recently, during the 1980’s loss of habitat and increased beach use caused the Piping Plover to disappear from Ontario beaches. Then in 2007, a pair of Piping Plovers successfully nested once again on Sauble Beach, Ontario located along the eastern shore of Lake Huron.
As happens more than I would expect, I find myself heading out the door for one target species and returning home with something completely unexpected. I headed out looking for a Blue-winged Warbler and decided to take along my Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM lens. I attached my 2x teleconverter to this lens, which combined with my Canon 7D Mark II camera body provided an effective 1280mm focal length.