Nov 19 2021
Cornwall - One thing is for sure with birds, you always have to be ready for surprises. This is a Ring-billed Gull with excessive melanin in its genes, something that occurs far less frequently in birds than leucism, where there is a deficiency in colours, usually melanin. We know this is an adult because it was reported two years ago in the same area and looked exactly the same at that time. This is the first bird of any kind that I have encountered with such a condition. Leucistic birds (pale or white feathers) are more commonly found.
Nov 20 2021
Ottawa - There are very few red morph Screech Owls in the eastern part of the province so when this bird appeared after a one-day showing of another bird last winter it was eagerly welcomed. Looking back at my photos from January, the facial markings are quite different.
adult, outside normal range
Ottawa - A new bird for the region. This little guy gave me a hard time. It was first spotted while I was watching the Red Phalarope a couple of days ago. I I dashed about 10 km to a waiting throng of birders but despite a lengthy search it wasn't seen while I was there. This morning I had the bird all to myself for 90 minutes. It was still very elusive but I had a number of good shooting opportunities.
Ahmad Shah: Wow ! Fantastic find, superb shot .
BrianMorin: I had made two additional attempts unsuccessfully in previous days so this was a great bird to finally locate. It has now been seen by dozens of eager observers. Because viewing is only to the south at this site, overcast conditions presented uniform light for me to work with, far better than back light.
Nov 16 2021
Ottawa - I had been hoping to find a Red Phalarope somewhere in the region this fall and had a chance to check out this individual which had just been spotted.
Oct 6 2021
Long Sault - The obvious caption here would be 'That's a stretch'.
Nov 8 2021
outside normal range