BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

STOPS ALONG THE WAY


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NORTHERN SHOVELER (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

What a splendid looking duck! I’ve only seen a northern shoveler this one time and if I don’t get the opportunity again, I feel pretty lucky to have seen one just this once. He was swimming on his own in a quiet inlet, enjoying some duckweed as we walked by. I like to think he had some company on his flight south, perhaps his mate was swimming out of view.


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MORE WOOD DUCKS (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

I never tire of wood ducks, especially in full colour with autumn reflections in the water. As I had mentioned in a recent post, wood ducks were found in great numbers last year and we had a mild fall so they remained well into November. There’s nothing like this punch of colour on a dull February day.


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WOOD DUCKS (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Of all the ducks at the reserve last year, wood ducks were there in the greatest numbers, mallards usually outnumber all other ducks but not this past season. By late summer you could get closer to the wood ducks than earlier in the year without frightening them off. The lake has many inlets and coves with plenty of perches the ducks like to climb onto, making for some wonderful backdrops.


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AMERICAN WIGEON

It was a pleasure to see a few wigeons well into November one year. It had been quite a mild fall which must have encouraged them to stay a while longer. This male obligingly swam into the colourful reflection just as I was walking by.


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GREEN HERONS (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

I took these herons within a few days of each other. I’m not sure if they’re the same bird. The wispy head feathers on only one makes me suspect not. Some years we have spotted as many as three at the lake, other years only one. Of the three varieties of herons that migrate here over the summer months I think the green herons have the most striking colouring. When they’re busy fishing they’re not easily disturbed and ignore cameras pointed in their direction.


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CHICKADEES (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Both of these photos were taken at a narrow enough depth of field to get out of focus backgrounds. The first shot taken in late summer, has the bird showing off its acrobatic talent. The second chickadee was shot in the fall when most of the trees had shed their leaves but enough of them remained to create this amber effect. Always nice when the background complements the subject.


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9 TO 5 (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

These downy woodpeckers were busy looking for insects in a stand of trees. You can see a trace of wood shavings on the male downy’s beak (below), he’d been working away for quite a while. The female soon joined in. These woodpeckers inhabit our woods year round, they are industrious birds, you often hear them before you see them.