Waterfront Hotel + Chilly Half Marathon

You’ve likely observed/read/heard about the ice build up on our lakes. Please click here for current status.

Last Saturday the water behind the Waterfront Hotel in Burlington was ice-covered.  Only a few geese, mallards, swans and gulls were present.  This Saturday was a different story.  A portion of the ice had opened up.

Canada Goose flying at the lake behind the waterfront hotel in Burlington, ON

Canada Goose

Male Common Goldeneye at the lake behind the waterfront hotel in Burlington, ON

Male Common Goldeneye

Long-Tailed Ducks at the lake behind the waterfront hotel in Burlington, ON

Female Long-Tailed Ducks

While photographing the Common Goldeneye I noted she would signal her intent to dive by flattening her head dome.

Female Common Goldeneye at the lake behind the waterfront hotel in Burlington, ON

Female Common Goldeneye

Female Common Goldeneye flattened head at the lake behind the waterfront hotel in Burlington, ON

Female Common Goldeneye flattened head

Female Common Goldeneye pre-dive at the lake behind the waterfront hotel in Burlington, ON

Female Common Goldeneye pre-dive

White-Winged Scoter at the lake behind the waterfront hotel in Burlington, ON

Male White-Winged Scoter

This male White-Winged Scoter was rather miserable.

White-Winged Scoters duel at the lake behind the waterfront hotel in Burlington, ON

White-Winged Scoters fighting

White-Winged Scoters battling at the lake behind the waterfront hotel in Burlington, ON

White-Winged Scoters fighting

White-Winged Scoters fighting at the lake behind the waterfront hotel in Burlington, ON

White-Winged Scoters fighting

I had a great time wondering around.  Two wedding parties were present at the Spencer Smith Park boardwalk.  Quite a few families were out and about with their children enjoying a sunny winter afternoon.

I decided to return to the waterfront this morning.  It seemed even more water had opened up allowing for a feeding frenzy, courtship, frolic and a few spats.

Redhead couple at the lake behind the waterfront hotel in Burlington, ON

Female and male Redhead Ducks

Mixed flock of waterfowl at the lake behind the waterfront hotel in Burlington, ON

Mixed group of waterfowl

Whereas on Saturday the Canada Goose was the most vocal waterfowl, today it was the Common Goldeneye.  This was due, in part, to mating ritual activities.

Common goldeneye mating rituals at the lake behind the waterfront hotel in Burlington, ON

Common Goldeneye mating ritual

Common goldeneyes mating ritual at the lake behind the waterfront hotel in Burlington, ON

Common Goldeneye mating ritual

Common goldeneye mating ritual at the lake behind the waterfront hotel in Burlington, ON

Common goldeneye mating ritual

This female Red-breasted Merganser fiercely defended her spot.

Red-Breasted Merganser defending position at lake behind the waterfront hotel in Burlington, ON

Female Red-breasted Merganser defending position

Red-Breasted Merganser defending position at the lake behind the waterfront hotel in Burlington, ON

Red-breasted Merganser defending position

Our 19th Annual Half Chilli Marathon was a treat to watch, photograph and chat with a couple folk.  Lately I’ve been thinking about runners. Like birders, runners have no qualms leaving home pre-dawn or shortly after dawn to enjoy an activity they love.

Mayor Golding at half chilli marathon in Burlington, ON

Mayor Golding

And they're off at half chilli marathon in Burlington, ON

And they’re off

Spectator support at half chilli marathon in Burlington, ON

Spectator support

Colourful poncho at half chilli marathon in Burlington, ON

Colourful poncho

Top three finishers at half chilli marathon in Burlington, ON

Top three finishers

Winning female at half chilli marathon in Burlington, ON

Winning female

A top 10 finisher at half chilli marathon in Burlington, ON

A top 10 finisher

Medals at half chilli marathon in Burlington, ON

Medals

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