Here are some in flight and foraging photographs of the Bonaparte’s Gulls taken at the Niagara River Parkway.
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.
I’ll be b-a-c-k!