Spring Migration | Day I

May 06, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Leigh Miller | www.leighmiller.ca

[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.

Leigh Miller | www.leighmiller.ca As usual I shot these with my daily driver, the Fujifilm X-T2 paired with the XF100-400mm telephoto zoom lens. Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop are used for editing.


Leigh Miller | www.leighmiller.ca 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.

Leigh Miller | www.leighmiller.ca

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.

Leigh Miller | www.leighmiller.ca

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.

Leigh Miller | www.leighmiller.ca


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