1491 uploads

Total photos: 1491
Total videos: 0
Species photographed: 316
Most photographed species: Snowy Owl (See all)
Countries visited: 2
May 5 2022
adult, summer plummage, outside normal range
Erieau - The occasional individual deviates from its western flight path that would normally take it to South Dakota or even southern Alberta. I made two attempts at photographing this individual and on the second day it was much closer, offering excellent views. The breeding plumage is stunning, right down to the ruby-red eye. I've waited a long time for this bird.
May 26
May 10 2022
male, adult
Point Pelee National Park - This bird was ridiculously easy to photograph. It hung around a very small area and regularly grabbed onto the bark of tree trunks to pick off insects, much like a nuthatch.
May 24
Hooded Warbler (11)
May 3 2022
male, adult, summer plummage
Point Pelee National Park - This beauty was high on my target list for the trip. I was lucky to have it close by on a log.
May 20
May 10 2022
male, adult, summer plummage
Point Pelee National Park - only metres away along breakwall.
May 17
May 8 2022
Point Pelee National Park - What a treat to find one along a trail. The bird was heard calling on a few evenings but is a migrant species here. It was perched only 8 inches above the ground.
May 15
Apr 29 2022
adult, outside normal range
Presqu'ile Provincial Park - What a treat to see this bird. I had the one In Montreal last fall but the setting was nowhere near as good as this. I could always orient myself for the right light unlike with the other bird. The flycatcher was likely blown up by warm stormy weather that originated on the Texas coast a few days ago.

It was very cold first thing in the morning and windy after that, keeping insects low or on the ground. It always fed on the ground and seldom went to a perch so most of my shots were of it on the ground.
Apr 30
male, adult
Ottawa - This is a known bird, quite used to people, although this was my first visit in a few years. It roosts a short distance from the nest site which the female is currently occupying. When I shot the photo, the bird was cautiously watching a mother raccoon and two kits high in a tree 8 metres away. They had just emerged for a night ramble. After a couple of minutes it launched towards the raccoons and flew right at the mother's head with wings open, likely dragging his claws on her fur as he flew by, it was that close. After a couple of minutes he repeated the attack and five minutes later did it again, each time engaging her head. It was pretty dark at that point so I didn't see the final outcome but the issue is that raccoons are one of the prime predators for Screech Owl nests.

The shots were taken as darkness was setting in so this was at only 1/10 second on tripod using a remote and ISO was up to 3200 (I don't have a mirrorless camera so ISO is an issue). Many of the shots incredibly were in focus and looked not bad. I got lucky.
Apr 24
Apr 18 2022
male, molting, outside normal range
Vankleek Hill - A species that breeds in northern Manitoba, this bird was present in a yard all winter. I failed on two previous attempts to see it so after waiting a couple of hours I was happy to finally spot it. The bird was still moulting but was far along in its progression to breeding plumage. It sang for me for about an hour which in its opening was very similar to an abbreviated White-throated Sparrow song.
Apr 20
Apr 18 2022
Vankleek Hill - It took me a while to find one this spring. Our numbers are always low.
Apr 19