Getting cabin fever after two days of incessant (and much needed) rain I went out for a poke around the neighbourhood … my route took me out along the weir beside the Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue lock gates where I enjoyed the usual Ring-billed Gulls, mallards, Tree Swallows, Red-winged Blackbirds, Cormorant, Canada Geese and a Bald Eagle.
He was sitting on the branches of a tree on one of the islands, a nice mature bird with a well defined white head. Just sitting there enjoying the view and tidying his feathers from time to time. Walking along the breakwater I had seen this black spot in the distance and just assumed it was one of the resident Ravens until I got the binoculars on it. Very nice. A couple of guys also out on the trail approached me and asked what i was looking at, I shared the binocs and they did the “Wow, Gasp” thing followed by “I’ve seen them in Alaska but never knew you had them in Canada” from which I deduced they were Americans up for a meeting at McGill. Nice guys anyway and they have learned something.
I am rather pleased by the next two photographs – Sony cameras, fabulous as they are, use a different method of auto-focussing than Canon and Nikon and so the opinion is that they aren’t stellar for birds in flight. Bosh – not as easy, but these are pretty crisp. Encouraging anyway.