Monday, 30 January 2012

Quidi Vidi Lake Eagles & Gulls

I headed down to quidi vidi lake this morning to look for the grebe and cormorant that had been spotted there a few days ago.I didn't see the grebe or the cormorant but i did get to see a lesser black-back gull and 2 eagles !
There was about 1500 gulls on the lake which isn't much compared to other days but it was still a fair number.After looking at the gulls and ducks for about 30 Min's i was heading back to the car to go when 2 birders showed up and asked me if i was taking pictures of the lesser black back gull standing right in front of me lol i didn't see it the whole time i was there ! This tells me how much of a noobie i am to gulls.
There was also a fair number of banded gulls ?

Right when i was about to leave the eagles began to show up at the lake and bye bye gulls.
It was amazing to see how fast they can descend from the sky and how quick the gulls pick up on the presence of an eagle.....then again with 3000 eye balls scanning for eagles someones gonna see him

I recently went and started to pay off some new camera gear ! I have decided to purchase the Canon 5D and the Canon 24-105mm lens.Its a pretty big bill for me to pay off, but I'm sure that it will be well worth the wait as i learned with my Canon 300mm F4.

OH and i got my 1.4 extender a few weeks ago ! That combined with my 300mm brings me to 420mm !!

Happy Birding !

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Winter Bird Feeding & A Lifer !

So a couple Weeks ago i started putting up bird feeders in hopes of attracting birds so i still have action even though i cant get out birding.Yesterday was my all time high of 6 juncos which is low by any means, but for me its a start !
I notice that the birds are not as active on days when its sunny and not windy but they go crazy when its stormy out.I'm assuming they try to fatten up in harsh weather just in case they loose their food supply.
I'm hoping now when the snow comes and birds are more reliant on bird feeders and other things that i will have more action.

So far I'm pleased with the few juncos I'm getting :)


Sunday i headed down to the little pond next to the heath science and along with some American black ducks,mallards, and some wigeon was a little female buffel head !
This small skittish diving duck was a first for me and i was surprised at how small it is. Its like a diving teal !

It didn't offer the best looks and tyred to keeps its distance but i was still pleased that i got to add this bird to my life list !

Here's a photo i got of a black duck at the pond that i thought was unique and from a different angle !

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Birding 2011 Wrap Up

Another year is here and gone, it has been a pretty good year for me as far as seeing birds goes but there were a lot of birds that i wish i had seen that i never, like the avocet,king bird,fork tailed flycatcher and  Rufus humming bird just to name a few.
Over the year of 2011 i seen 127 species of birds which is not bad , but i was hoping to get 150. I guess there is always this year !

One family of birds was my favourite to photograph and watch this year, and that family was none other then the shore birds ! They were always active and busy feeding and most times were quite comfortable around humans.They gave me some of my best shots this year !

One problem that i had this year was being able to get out to see birds.
I guess where I'm new to the birding community people don't feel as though they know me enough to take me with them or they just have a routine of going with there birding Buddy's.

Some things that i hope to do this year is focus more on the spring warblers, i have already stared  to plan a trip to the codroy Vally this spring to photograph some of these bright little birds !
I only seen 4 species of warbler this year which is a pretty low number considering how many i could of seen.Next spring i plan on picking up about 8-9 species of warbler.

One thing i liked about warblers was that they are very interested in the pishing sound and also how they sing.There courtship calls are very unique and interesting

There were a few birding moments in 2011 that i will never forget and may never see again in my life.
The sheerwater spectacular that happened in outter cove .
It was something that birders across north America can only dream of. Thousands of sheerwaters literally only feet from you in a feeding frenzy with many of then over shooting there landing and even landing on the beach next to you !

It was truly amazing to see these sea birds so close to land and even on land !! They were very playful and very hungry, they would skip across the top of the water before landing which looked pretty odd ?

Happy New-Year ! Be Safe