The marvel of flight…
Here are two photographs of a Long-tailed Duck. The first taken on the open water and the other close to the Lift Bridge. Some photographers prefer the orange reflection on the water.
Looking down from the Lift Bridge…
On the opposite side of the bridge I was greeted by a Northern Mockingbird.
Nearby a male White-winged Scoter was foraging near the rocks.
It was a perfect day to walk along the beach.
Scanning the water this group of Great Black-backed Gulls caught my attention.
Suddenly, a female White-winged scoter appeared. I must confess. I’ve been curious about the manner in which these gulls catch their prey. I watched as they mobbed but did not strike the scoter.
I keep thinking, “Dive, buddy, dive!” She decided to fight and lived to see another day.
Another group of Great Black-backed Gulls further up the beach were consuming the carcass of a bird.
At Spencer Smith, Surf Scoters were foraging near the promenade.
I revisited Spencer Smith during the week to find American Coots, Gadwall and this American Wigeon foraging below the pier.
Additionally, this female Long-tailed Duck was resting on the rocks.
Returning a few days later, the coots were gone but a nice group of Ruddy Ducks bobbed on the water. The group included this male in breeding plumage.
White-winged Scoters also gave great views.
I rechecked the lake on Sunday. The scoters were in the distance. I decided to train my lens on the Chilly Half Marathon after reading the first sign!
Tundra Swans have been passing through Spencer Smith Park. There was a large flock on Monday and this afternoon there were over 100 bobbing on the water at the west end, with more arriving from the east. What a thrill to catch these birds in flight this evening.