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
2. Wilson's Snipe (some very nasty high-contrast side-lighting here - I've done my best to recover the deails)
3. Eastern Kingbird
4. Hairy Woodpecker (female) feeding Junior
5. American Kestrel with a face full of lunch
6. Calling Savannah Sparrow
7. Turkey Vulture
8. Bobolink (female) with lunch for the kids...