First up is a shot from a week or two ago. I had hoped to photograph owls at dusk but it became too dark. On the way back to the car I saw this Great Blue Heron hunting in a ditch. It was quite dark but the soft light sky reflecting onto the water made for the perfect silhouette. At least I had something to show for my efforts.
|Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)|
A few days later I visited Iona Sewage Treatment plant. Only birders would willingly spent hours scouring the stinky ponds for a rare sandpiper or duck. The odours are soon forgotten when a Wilson's Snipe is spotted then a Least Sandpiper.
|Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolour)|
A Tree Swallow takes a break from hunting insects.
One of the most difficult sandpipers to differentiate are the Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs. Seen together there are obvious differences but separately confusion can arise.
|Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)|
|A pair of Lesser Yellowlegs.|
|The Lesser Yellowlegs (foreground) is easily differentiated from the larger Greater Yellowlegs when seen together.|
"It's never too late to start birding"