Sioux Lookout Park: Rough Waters

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.

Male Mallard

Male Mallard

Male Mallard

Male Mallard approaching wave

Male Mallard Surfing

Male Mallard Surfing

Mallard ducks

Mallard ducks

Mallards

Mallards

Whilst the mallards elected to ride the waves, this gull took flight so as to avoid a rollercoaster ride.

Ring-Billed Gull

Ring-Billed Gull

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.

Lake Ontario, rough waters

Lake Ontario, rough waters

Lake Ontario, rough waters

Lake Ontario, rough waters

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s