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

Thursday, April 28, 2011

More Kawartha Cottage Treasures

A couple of cottage trips early in the week added more species to my year list, as well as some excellent photo opportunities in calm winds for a change.

My first Brown Thrashers (aka Goof Birds) for the year were heard before seen, as is usually the case with these amazing songsters:

A female Merlin rests in a bush...

...but as she flies off, the male Merlin returns to the bush to preen himself:

Our male Ospey rests in a pine tree to survey the lake:

He eagerly greets his bride, love is definitely in the air (I will spare you the bird porn shots):

The female rests in the nest, protected by her mate:

A beautiful pair of Common Loons took advantage of the calm day to do some courtship displays on the lake, so I took advantage of them! This first one was further out on the lake but was having an absolute blast, noisily splashing and skidding along the surface of the water:

The second one was much closer to shore and paid me no heed as I watched its antics in awe:

They concluded their performance by taking the show on the road to the other side of the lake, so I shouted out my "bravos" to them and bid farewell to the lake, what an amazing day!

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