On Monday Ann and I headed off to the shores of Lake Ontario to see any wintering waterfowl before they set sail for the season. We began our day with a local Red-tailed Hawk at sunrise:
From there, we visited Ashbridge's Bay, Port Credit, and Humber Bay Park East to see some of my winter favorites, beginning with Long-tailed Ducks:
This male preened himself in the warmth of the morning sunshine:
The female Long-tail's are quite lovely, too, in their own way:
Lesser Scaup were seen as well, a male...
...and a female, with a male Long-tailed Duck:
Ann kept up her strength and taunted the local police by multi-tasking behind the wheel as she chows down on one of my lo-cal "dental squares" BUSTED, Annie!!:
This Mute Swan did the best interpretation ever of a pretzel, with its head and neck pulled tightly back, with a finishing touch of the wings framing the whole package, the girls went wild!
Male Buffleheads strutted their best stuff for the females...
...but some of the females were not so easily impressed! I'm always intrigued by how different females are from males in so many species:
On the other hand, American Wigeons are returning, although this is not my first for the year. Here's the male...
...and the female:
So ended another successful day as Ann and I enjoyed probably some of our final views of these beauties for another year.