Shirley’s Bay – October 9, 2011

Another good few weeks of birding and photography.

The other day I was working around the house and while taking a break, decided to check out, if any birds were being seen locally.  Opening my email, I noticed that someone had seen a Marbled Godwit.  They had posted this early in the day, so it might still be at Shirley’s Bay, I went about my work, thinking I’d go later.

About an hour later I checked again, and saw a post about 2 Hudsonian Godwits…and thought ok I better get down there, looks like there’s some action happening.

When I got to Shirleys Bay, I met Chris and Bob, who told me about all the Shorebirds and Hudsonian Godwits, when I said yes I’d read there were 2 of them.  They then told me there were 31 birds on the point, now.  Wow, for me this was the most I’d ever seen in Ottawa at one time.

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There  were many birders and tons of shorebirds, every once in a while, a Peregrine Falcon, would spook the shorebirds up.  Giving everyone great looks at markings.  See if you recognize any.

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As I was leaving something clicked when talking to Bruce Di Labio, I asked why was everone so pumped up about the phalarope they were seeing.  For the first time that afternoon, I realized, my mind had not registered “Red Phalarope” ( a life bird for me).  I had been thinking Red-necked Phalarope…I knew I’d had some good views of the bird but it hadn’t registered.  I ran back found the bird and tried to get an workable image but lighting had gone from bad to worse.  It was impossible.

I did manage one image but you’d really have to be a dedicated birder to know tis was a “Red Phalarope” but a photo is what I wanted no matter how bad, I will have many opportunities in life to see other Red Phalaropes…but this was my first photo…crappy as it is.

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Since then I’ve gotten a fantastic closeup of a breeding adult.

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As I was walking back to my car I had a few good moments with a male Pileated Woodpecker…taking a break to say hello to me…

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One Response to Shirley’s Bay – October 9, 2011

  1. hihowsyou25 says:

    Great shot and interesting blog !

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