July 24, 2014
Last week was our summer vacation at a cottage on Joe Bay, near Silent Lake Provincial Park. It was a much needed 7 days of rest and relaxation. The weather was very nice, cool in the evenings so we could sleep and sunny most days so we could enjoy the water, the blue skies, and going into town occasionally to shop!
We took our cameras – of course! But usually this time of year there aren’t many birds around and the days get so hot that the birds are not very active.
My first and best photo of the week came on Monday, July 14, just after daybreak. I drove over to Silent Lake while the mist was still rising from the mirror-like surface of the water. All seemed quiet and still. Then suddenly, there they were! Two Great Blue Herons flying towards the eastern shore. I quickly raised my camera and grabbed a few shots of the great birds as their powerful wings sped them magestically through the stillness. When I got back home, I saw that I had captured one of the herons just as the tip of its wing grazed the water.
I call this photo “The Slightest Touch”.
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I visited Silent Lake several times during the week. On one occasion I encountered an unexpected visitor – a White-tailed Deer! It was feeding on the new grass that was growing in the shallow water. I took this viedo of the beautiful animal just before it slipped back into the bushes.
Silent Lake gave me chances to shoot kingfishers, warblers, thrushes, and dragonflies. But what it didn’t provide this year was a chance to photograph Loons – the one bird that I had really hoped to get. I finally had to drive several kilometers east to Paudash where I located this family.
They were a good distance from shore so I didn’t get any close-ups.
However, it was still great fun watching them interact with each other and dive for food. While I was shooting the Loons I heard a familiar song. It was the song of my favourite warbler, the Common Yellowthroat. I watched and listened for a long time while he skulked around in the thick bushes. Finally he popped out into the open for a couple of seconds and let me take his picture.
Isn’t he an extraordinary looking little bird!
The week away was over too quickly, and now I’m counting the days until we return again next summer. Hopefully when we go back I’ll get those close-up shots of Loons that I’ve been wanting. But whatever happens, I know we’re bound to have a great time!