Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

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.

The "Birders' Seats" at Ste-Anne

The “Birders’ Seats” at Ste-Anne – the Bald Eagle is in the tall tree on the nearest island


Bald Eagle


Bald Eagle


Bald Eagle (as he was across the water and the width of the breakwater does not allow much lateral movement, I couldn’t get away from the branch across his head


Female Red-winged Blackbird


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.


Ring-billed Gull


Ring-billed Gull


Double-crested Cormorant


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