Waterfowl: Niagara River pt. 1

Rocking Awesome Trip To Niagara River!

So, “the one that decides everything” and I planned a trip to the Niagara River in Ontario between Fort Erie and Chippawa to photograph waterfowl per the ofo.ca site. I couldn’t wait for my work day to end. Bags and camera were packed as we headed to a local small restaurant. “The one that decides everything” selected the restaurant. Two individuals ultimately sat at the table beside us. One spent 20 minutes describing her recent dental surgery then the other started on the funeral chain she worked for. The next day “the one that decides everything” selected a breakfast spot where a dear gent explained to his friends that he didn’t take his dentures out every day, only on those days his gums needed a rest.

Mercifully the ride from Welland, Ontario to Niagara was scenic. We spotted about ten red-tailed hawks.

We started at Chippawa and worked our way towards Fort Erie, stopping along the route as we deemed fit.

We fell in love with this gorgeous Hooded Merganser couple.
Hooded Mergansers (Lophodytes cucullatus)

I now finally have a photograph of a canvasback. I just love the hues.
Canvasback (Aythya valisineria)

I love all the birds but the great blue heron was my bird of the day. I watched as it caught and hoovered a fish. It was a bit skittish but I managed to get some pictures. **fist pump**

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron Fishing

These absolutely stunning birds are my trio of the day. (Common Mergansers)

Common Mergansers (Mergus merganser)

This Lesser Scaup appears to have mistaken me for Miley Cyrus nearing for a kiss!
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)

I had always been dismissive of gulls as nasty, loud, panhandling creatures but these greater black-backed and herring gulls in flight are a sight to behold.

Great Black-backed Gulls & Herring Gulls

This trip would not be possible without “the one that decides everything”.

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