I'm very sorry for my inactivity recently but finally here is a post. About a month ago we went birding with Christian Artuso about an hour north of Winnipeg along the beaches of Lake Winnipeg. We started north at Victoria Beach and slowly worked our way south from there.
We walked along the stony shore, armed with two cameras, a spotting scope and binoculars.
There were a fair number of Lapland Longspurs and we got some fantastic views of them.
And of course... gulls. There wasn't anything particularly exciting in the gull department, Ring-billed, Herring, and Bonaparte's mostly, along with some Caspian, Common and Forster's Terns.
It was a little bit odd to see a Savannah Sparrow out along the shore.
There was also a good number of American Pipits, though they were more skittish than the Longpurs, so photos were harder.
We also found this beautiful Pectoral Sandpiper, foraging among the pebbles.
And our fabulous guide and friend, Christian!
The changing colours of fall made for some very pretty landscapes. Here are quite a few non-bird photos, if you don't mind.
Among the rocky shore here there was a flock of American Pipits.
|William (left) and Christian (right)|
Far out on a group of rocks in the water we saw a Bald Eagle, and we eventually meandered far enough to be in photo distance.
|Immature Bald Eagle|
|Matthew with the camera|
|Christian (left) and William (right) using the spotting scope|
|That's me! (Josiah)|
|William and Christian|
This was quite an interesting tree, it had basically grown into a rock.
|Me on the trail|
|From left to right: Matthew, Josiah, William, Christian|
Well, that's all folks! I might still post a few photos from the trip, but there aren't many more bird pictures. All in all it was very fun and successful, and a huge thank you to Christian for taking us!