The following birds were photographed at Hendrie Valley:
Green Heron on the hunt
Last Saturday we pulled over on Eastport Drive. A gent was busy photographing the cormorants when we arrived. Such was his displeasure that he stopped taking photographs and set his face to the most miserable look he could find. A bona fide humbug. We ignored him as we did not disturb the family of cormorants he was photographing nor did we block his view of them. We took our photographs and left.
Windermere Basin was our next stop. Here a Green Heron was sunning on a log.
The following day we headed to Kerncliff Park to try for Virginia Rail and Sora. Both species breed here. They vocalize loudly but run about silently. You always have to be at the ready as you never quite know where they will appear. A second pair of eyes on the marsh was most helpful. This Virginia Rail gave us gripping views.
In due course, I photographed lifer no. 213, the Sora.
We hit the trail for City View. Along the route we saw Northern Flickers, a female Red-breasted Grosbeak, Eastern Towhee, swallows and a singing House Wren.
Yesterday we headed to Fort Erie to photograph Purple Martins. There seemed to be fewer martins this year.
After this we headed to Mud Lake Conservation Area in Welland. We tried birding at this spot about two years ago but turned back because (1) the trail was swarming with mosquitoes, and (2) a visitor found ticks on his person. This visit, maybe one or two mosquitoes. Great Egrets were the target. We found four.
As shorebirds were well out of camera range we focused on frogs.
There were four Osprey at Hendrie this morning. As none were hunting, I spent time acquainting myself with Turkey Vultures. At least 20 Turkey Vultures were variously soaring, roosting, preening, ambulating, and resting.
They had no qualms sharing their favourite tree with a rather vocal Osprey.
In this heat, birding early in the morning for short periods, preferably close to water, is the best strategy.