July 20, 2015
Hi everyone! It’s my fourth week of retirement, and a lot of people are asking me how it feels to not have to work anymore. Well, it feels great!
Usually in July there are very few opportunities to do any serious bird photography, but I was blessed this year with having a family of Common Loons in Joe Bay (at the extreme west end of Paudash Lake) where we rented a cottage last week.
I have always loved these birds. I love their look, behaviours, and their haunting call that is so familiar to everyone in Ontario. One day last week I was on the dock when a loon started calling from the middle of the bay, about 100 feet from where I was sitting, and I can tell you they are incredibly loud! It’s no wonder that their call can be heard for miles.
Most ducks glide down to the surface, spread their wings wide to quickly slow themselves and then splash down – often awkwardly. Not so the loons. They approach the water like a pontoon plane, slowly losing altitude then skimming across the surface making a smooth landing on their belly. Quite spectacular to watch.
In case you think last week was all about shooting loons, here are a few other photos that I took. The first one is a Great Blue Heron being chased away by a Red-winged Blackbird. Herons often hunt in blackbird territory, so it’s not unusual to see the smaller birds constantly bothering the bigger birds while they’re trying to catch their dinner.
This next photo, of a Kingfisher perched in a tree, is a type of shot that I call an enviro-scape – a shot of a bird, but where the prominent feature is its natural habitat.
You’ll have to click on the photo if you want to actually see the bird.