Totally captivated in 2007 by the live camera feed of the Hornby Island nesting Bald Eagles in B.C., I was drawn into birding and have never looked back. Thus begins my account of what I'm fortunate enough to discover each day and perhaps capture with my camera.



Unless otherwise stated, all images were taken by and are the property of Janice Melendez

Species Counts:

2014 Final Year List: 255; 2015 Year List a/o June 5, 2015: 235; Life List: 327

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Lynde Shores Antics from Last Week


Last Monday Chris and I were both independently scouting out the Durham Region area. As I dipped on the Ashburn Tundra Swans, Chris called me about some courtship action with Hooded Mergansers at Lynde Shores, so off I went, especially with the potential promise of more bird porn to add to our collection. In total I saw nine Hoodies, five males and four females:





The females didn't really have a chance as they were constantly pursued, but for the most part they remained aloof, always maintaining a poker face as to who the Lucky Guy would be:






So here's a sampling of what Chris and I enjoyed watching, voyeurs that we were:

















The males raise and lower their head crest as they do this ridiculous head toss, in an attempt to prove to The Gal that looks do indeed matter ;-)  :














...she's clearly not impressed, though, despite their best moves on the dance floor:















A female Mallard was oblivious to the Hoodie action on the pond...





...as was a Great Blue Heron that flew overhead, giving me my first photo opportunity for the season:






Thanks for the call, Chris, what an enjoyable morning it was to see!


1 comment:

Daniel said...

Frisky feather action! ;-)

Lovely series of photographs as always.