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Summer Birding in Northwestern Ontario Farm Country

 
Jeff ­ Dyck
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Jul 03, 2011 22:37 |  #1

After a fun Canada Day celebration on Friday, I turned in early to get on the road at 4am to head down to do some shooting in farm country in the Emo / Rainy River, Ontario area on Saturday (for my American friends, that's right across the river from International Falls / Baudette, Minnesota aka Allan "CDMOOSE" Meadow's stompin' grounds!). There were a lot of birds to see and hear - among the highlights for me were a beautiful male Scarlet Tanager (got a couple photos, but they are really only good enough to confirm ID) and a Wilson's Snipe. One of the things about shooting in farm country you'll notice is that the majority of photos show birds perched on either fenceposts, fence wires or farm equipment...

Sadly, the drive home wasn't quite so exciting - an expensive tow truck ride was required for the last leg of the trip home and we'll have to see see what the mechanic says tomorrow, but my much-loved, 11-year old Nissan Pathfinder may have given up the ghost...

Some of my favourite shots:

1. Tree Swallows

IMAGE: http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5311/5902906736_01d89a563b_o.jpg


2. Wilson's Snipe (some very nasty high-contrast side-lighting here - I've done my best to recover the deails)
IMAGE: http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6021/5907128122_97f06b8fa5_o.jpg


3. Eastern Kingbird
IMAGE: http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5265/5899389938_a64b01d726_o.jpg


4. Hairy Woodpecker (female) feeding Junior
IMAGE: http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5279/5899732724_673492184d_o.jpg


5. American Kestrel with a face full of lunch
IMAGE: http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6146/5924093819_f6574bf12f_o.jpg


6. Calling Savannah Sparrow
IMAGE: http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5239/5914537568_b275370afe_o.jpg


7. Turkey Vulture
IMAGE: http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5279/5899732770_1912714d2e_o.jpg


8. Bobolink (female) with lunch for the kids...
IMAGE: http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5120/5897879915_2ab228169d_o.jpg



  
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Jul 03, 2011 22:38 |  #2

Wow those are spectacular! I'm off to go sell my kidney so I can pick up that 800 :lol:


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Jul 04, 2011 04:14 |  #3

very nice set Jeff




  
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Jul 04, 2011 08:02 |  #4

Great shots, Jeff. You should have given me a holler; I could have joined you. You know, there is also farm country west of Int'l. Falls, just south of where you were, and I really enjoy exploring it. I always see birds there that I don't see right at home. I'm glad you had a good day, except for that Nissan thing.
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Jul 04, 2011 17:28 as a reply to  @ CDMOOSE's post |  #5

Great shots man! Very sharp and clear, may I ask do you do steakouts or just walking around hoping to spot some? I have recently started taking pictures of birds myself and I usually just walk around so far I've been pretty lucky, but I bet by doing a steakout you can get amazing pictures.


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Jul 04, 2011 17:29 |  #6

Awesome shots Jeff, sorry to hear about the car troubles though... that kingbird shot is my fave of the bunch despite the wire perch.
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Jul 05, 2011 04:07 |  #7

Great shots, on the positive at least it happened on the way home after a good day(didn't spoil it for you).


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Jul 05, 2011 07:40 |  #8

Wow!!




  
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Jul 05, 2011 15:32 |  #9

super series, Jeff - well done




  
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Jul 06, 2011 08:58 |  #10

Thanks all - your comments are much appreciated.

CDMOOSE wrote in post #12701728 (external link)
Great shots, Jeff. You should have given me a holler; I could have joined you. You know, there is also farm country west of Int'l. Falls, just south of where you were, and I really enjoy exploring it. I always see birds there that I don't see right at home. I'm glad you had a good day, except for that Nissan thing.
Al

Hey Al - if I plan to get down that way again, I'll definitely drop you a line first.

Sadly, the Pathfinder has gone to the big junkyard in the sky...

andreib wrote in post #12704220 (external link)
Great shots man! Very sharp and clear, may I ask do you do steakouts or just walking around hoping to spot some? I have recently started taking pictures of birds myself and I usually just walk around so far I've been pretty lucky, but I bet by doing a steakout you can get amazing pictures.

While I do a lot of shooting from blinds and practice some set-up photography, all the shots here were made either from the "big rolling blind" (i.e. the window of my vehicle, usually on a beanbag) or just standing in the open with the camera mounted on a tripod (sometimes with a camo tarp over my head just to hide my shape). Without a doubt, creating a situation where the birds come to you will yield better images than trying to chase them down (although you will find some bird species are a lot bolder than others when it comes to your ability to approach them). If you are interested in bird photography set-ups, I always recommend Alan Murphy (external link)'s e-book (Guide to Songbird Set-up Photography (external link)) - it is just loaded with great ideas and definitely opened my eyes.




  
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Jul 06, 2011 09:01 as a reply to  @ Jeff Dyck's post |  #11

Brilliant series Jeff!
Just a BTW, that is the oddest snipe I have ever seen;):p


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Jul 07, 2011 01:18 |  #12

Flo wrote in post #12712581 (external link)
Brilliant series Jeff!
Just a BTW, that is the oddest snipe I have ever seen;):p

Oops! Must have linked the wrong photo...

#2 Should have been this:

IMAGE: http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6025/5899732476_120d87fa9b_o.jpg



  
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Jul 07, 2011 07:12 |  #13

That looks more like it! ;) Nice shots Jeff.


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