Yesterday’s evening sun compelled a quick trip to Sioux Lookout Park on Lakeshore Road, Burlington, Ontario to do a bit of bird photography. On arrival, the waters were churning, signalling a pending change in weather.
Mallards and ring-billed gulls were the dominant species. They were sheltering along the shoreline. Private property signs served to deter close-up photographs.
I did the best I could in the circumstances. Whilst doing so my fingers became cold. As I looked away from the camera to flush out my gloves, I spotted a mink searching for food mere inches from me. Surprise, fright, delight and frozen fingers netted the following photographs:
The American Mink is a semiaquatic mammal which is native to North America. Through human intervention the American mink has expanded its range to many parts of Europe and South America.
- The American mink is a carnivore which eats rodents, fish, crustaceans, frogs, and birds.
- It is farmed for its fur
- American mink can swim for three hours non-stop, but can die within 27 minutes if the water is cold
- They usually create burrows in river banks, under logs, tree stumps, or roots and hollow trees
- In Britain, they prey on bird species like ducks, moorhens, coots and gulls
- American minks have been linked to the decline of waterfowl in Europe
After the mink left the area the mallards displayed their beauty and navigational savvy.
Whilst the mallards elected to ride the waves, this gull took flight so as to avoid a rollercoaster ride.
Trekked to the Burlington Pier where again the waterfowl were either riding the waves or sheltering from the pending storm. These pictures serve to document the severity and associated dangers the elements pose.