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All photographs by David Lilly

Winter Sea Birds

On the east coast especially here in the Bay of Fundy, NB there are a lot of ducks and Loons that wander down from the frozen Arctic and spend their winters here in a more mild ice-free climate.

The last couple of days I went to photograph some of these birds. Of course, it is always a crap shot to find these birds. They are often way out in the bay with no possibility for photographs. however, on this trip, I did get lucky.

Of course, with any bird, I tried to position myself with the sun over my shoulder. 

I have seen ducks and loons before I got close to a wharf in a location I have visited before. So, that would be my starting point. I was lucky. Before I got to the wharf I could see some birds. They were on the leeward side, there was no wind and I could get down low to the water.

As I got closer I could see there were Female Common Elders and two Common loons in winter plumage very close to the wharf. I slowly made my way down to the lower wharf and hide behind some railing, which also doubled as a support for my lens. The two photos to the right were my results. I had about one hour for the first day then the weather turned horrible with no more chances for photographs.

Nikon D 500 with a 200 - 500mm Nikon lens.

It's Nesting Time

Spring is my favorite time of the year for Bird Photography.

Today, I spent an hour or so with a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers excavating a hole for a nest.

I have read in some books that only the female excavates the nest hole, but today I noticed this is incorrect. I saw the woodpeckers switch around a couple of times.

The woodpeckers found a dead tree at about five meters above the ground. I did notice there were possible nest holes from previous years - maybe it is their preferred tree. The fact that the hole was high in the dead tree made it difficult for great photographs. A technique I used was to move away from the tree and decrease the angle. Of course, it also does not allow for close-up photos. My results from today are on the left

The nest was on the south side of the tree. It took me a few minutes to locate the woodpecker. There was not the usual loud banging associated with the Pileated woodpecker but rather a softer tapping sound. As I listed I observed one large dead tree and concluded that must be the tree.

The first woodpecker was a female as in the photos to the right. After 15 minutes or so the male showed up and the female left but came back.

Nikon D 500 with a Nikon 500mm 5.6 pf lens.

Spring is in the Air

Spring is my favorite time of the year for bird photography.

For me, it is like a revival of life after being frozen and covered in snow all winter. 

When I see the American Robin I am confident that spring has sprung. I love photographing Robin. Along with the Robins come other spring birds, the Eastern Phoebe, Bonaparte's Gull, and the Ring-billed Gull.

Nikon D 500 with a Nikon 500mm 5.6 pf lens.

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Spring has arrived here in New Brunswick. The Normal birds are coming to my feeders.

On one of my field trips, I photographed a rear bird even for New Brunswick. A flock of approx 25 Glossy ibises was in a water-filled farmer field. I managed to get a couple of photos and have included one photo below of an Ibis in flight.

Nikon D 500 with a Nikon 500mm F 5.6 PF Lens