[In My Area] Those critical three (3) weeks of bird migration are underway and I've rearranged my usual schedule so I can catch as much of it as possible. I've got four (4) major hotspots to hit; Point Pelee, Macgregor Point, Long Point and Presqu'ile for the Warblers and Whimbrels weekend festival.
I dragged myself out of bed this morning...hard thing to do in cottage country. Not a soul is looking for you, the weather is great and your dead tired. I did it anyway and was out the door and on the road by 5AM. I arrived just before the sun turned on and got set up in a decent blind to grab some shots before the light turned harsh.
Canadian Goose are pretty common but I love watching them take off and land. The power in those wings to haul it's massive body into the air... This one got chased off by a pair he was trying to intrude upon.
A pair of Harlequin or Common Merganser (I think) gliding through the water as they feed, occasionally harassed by an otter that popped up at random.
Some type of Warbler but it was way too far off in the distance to make a distinction. This area is "Bird Managed" and venturing into the thickets and under-brush is prohibited off the established trails. Good for the birds...extra dose of patience for birders. NO 1.4X TC for me today...a casualty of getting up earlier than I used to these days. Lazy wretch.