Flight – Bonaparte’s Gulls + Long-tailed Ducks

Here are some in flight and foraging photographs of the Bonaparte’s Gulls taken at the Niagara River Parkway.

Bonaparte's Gull

Bonaparte’s Gull

Bonaparte's Gull

Bonaparte’s Gull

Bonaparte's Gull

Bonaparte’s Gull

Bonaparte's Gull with shiner

Bonaparte’s Gull with shiner

Bonaparte's Gull Emerging from water

Bonaparte’s Gull Emerging from water

Bonaparte's Gull Emerging from water

Bonaparte’s Gull Emerging from water

Usually at this time of year we traverse the somewhat treacherous ice and snow covered pier at the Lift Bridge braving the winds and wind chill, often not making it to the tip, praying for at least an hour’s stamina.  This year’s unseasonably mild weather allows for comfortable and extended stays.

On Saturday and Sunday there was a constant ebb and flow of photographers, consisting of small groups, pairs of friends, singles, and a single later joined by a buddy.   There was no snow, ice or wind or a combination thereof to impede our progress or indeed hamper our visit.  Camera gear ranged from portrait lens to 600mm+ lens.  Most were reliant on tripods.  As my Sherpa was MIA, I went without a tripod.   Mixed in with the smiles of satisfaction were a few audible cuss words from one particular photographer.  I thought – Murphy’s Law, dude.  The second you take the briefest of breaks a duck flies by in perfect formation.

Well over 1,000 Long-tailed Ducks plus a few other species are carousing in the canal, a prime area for in flight and behavioural photographs.

Long-Tailed Ducks fleeing from boat

Long-Tailed Ducks fleeing from boat

Long-Tailed Ducks fleeing from boat

Long-Tailed Ducks fleeing from boat

Long-Tailed Ducks fleeing boat

Long-Tailed Ducks fleeing boat

Male Long-Tailed Duck in flight

Male Long-Tailed Duck in flight

Female Long-Tailed Duck in flight

Female Long-Tailed Duck in flight

Male Long-Tailed Duck in flight

Male Long-Tailed Duck in flight

Pair of Long-Tailed Ducks in flight

Pair of Long-Tailed Ducks in flight

Pair of Long-Tailed Ducks in flight

Pair of Long-Tailed Ducks in flight

Pair of Long-Tailed Ducks' landing

Pair of Long-Tailed Ducks’ landing

Female Long-Tailed Duck landing

Female Long-Tailed Duck landing

Female Long-Tailed Duck's pre-landing

Female Long-Tailed Duck landing

Female Long-Tailed Duck's bouncy landing

Female Long-Tailed Duck’s bouncy landing

Male Long-Tailed Duck preparing to land

Male Long-Tailed Duck preparing to land

Male Long-Tailed Duck post-landing

Male Long-Tailed Duck post-landing

Flying male Long-Tailed Duck

Flying male Long-Tailed Duck

Female Long-Tailed Duck in flight

Female Long-Tailed Duck in flight

Female Long-Tailed Duck in flight

Female Long-Tailed Duck in flight

 

White-Winged Scoters

White-Winged Scoters

White-Winged Scoter in flight

White-Winged Scoter in flight

Red-Breasted Merganser in flight

Red-Breasted Merganser in flight

Red-Breasted Merganser in flight

Red-Breasted Merganser in flight

I’ll be b-a-c-k!

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2 thoughts on “Flight – Bonaparte’s Gulls + Long-tailed Ducks

  1. I viewed these amazing photos with absolute Shock & Horror ! To see boaters bearing down on a clearly visible flock of exhausted, hungr, migrating ducks is simply unacceptable. Yet another sickening example of bozos with too much horsepower and too little bit brain power. I suggest the boat registration should be photographed and forwarded to Fish & Wildlife officials as it is a punishable offense to harass wildlife; especially migrating wildlife.

    • Sorry, I should have made it clear. The canal is for the use of boaters. Given the warm weather it was no surprise to find leisure boaters on the water. I too was disturbed at first until I recalled it is a proper crossing channel. Know that the boater proceeded cautiously and at a relatively slow speed through the canal. The birds flew out of harms way. As soon as the boat cleared then flew right back in until unsettled about an hour later by a large cargo vessel.

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