One of the birds that is pretty common in the marshlands around the area is the Virginia Rail. Even though this species can be found on Vancouver Island as well I have just never had any luck with them. One sunny evening I spent some time wading around a marsh and managed to get a few images that I am pretty happy with of this secretive little bird.
I had planned a camping trip for one of the weekends that I was in Ontario and chose an area where I thought would be a good place for one of my favourite species of warblers – the Black-throated Blue. On the way to the park I saw some nice habitat along the road that looked like it would be right for Nashville Warblers. Sure enough, I hopped out of the car and within seconds heard one calling. After a short mission to find and photograph the bird I was back in the car and on the way to the park to set up my tent. I love it when it is that easy!
After setting up camp I new it was going to be too late to get after the Black-throated Blue Warbler. I had heard of a place not too far from the park where there are often Whip-poor-will’s hanging around so I decided to give it a try. After a long wait for dusk to come around I finally started hearing these amazing little birds. What a treat to hear so many calling all around me! It took me a while to track down one that wasn’t high up in a tree calling. But eventually (sometime around midnight) I was able to get a few pretty cool shots.
I am taking 2013 off from leading this trip so that I can do a bit more of my own exploring and photography. But it will return in 2014. So be sure to send me an email if you would like to be on the “wish list”.
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if you think you might be interested in my 2014 workshops to Churchill, Manitoba.