I've seen quite a few lifer water birds this year, I really like water birds, I think they are great photo subjects.
I've included waterfowl and gulls in this family group. As I am writing this post we are getting ready to leave to Churchill tomorrow, so it is a bit rushed.
Hooded Mergansers were fairly common. This picture shows a male and a female, the male is showing off it's nice hood.
|male and female Hooded Mergansers|
I saw some Black Terns at Oak Hammock Marsh, a lifer.
Blue-winged Teals were not lifers
A flock of cormorants
|The only two Snow Geese I saw of the year so far, my brother got this picture|
Lesser Scaups were lifers
|A pair of Lesser Scaups|
| Buffleheads and a Blue-winged Teal|
Canada Geese are aplenty, goslings waddling around their parents
|Canada Geese with goslings.|
Pelicans are fairly common, soaring high in groups, easily identifiable. We got really close to some pelicans with Christian at Lockport.
|American White Pelican|
Pied-billed Grebes are not a lifer.
Ring-billed Gulls are the most common, but Herring Gulls can also be seen, like this one at the Whiteshell
Common Goldeneye's were the most common waterbird earlier on in spring migration. I learned that Goldeneyes can nest in trees while we were in WhiteShell
|female goldeneye climbing into tree hole|
My brother got this really good picture of this Ring-billed Gull
|Ring-billed Gulls flying|
|Canada Goose flying overhead|
|Mallards are very common|
A treat we saw this spring, Tundra Swans
Stay tuned for the next post.
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