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
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Bald Eagle
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Bald Eagle
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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
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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.

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Ring-billed Gull
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Ring-billed Gull
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Double-crested Cormorant

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