Thursday, May 9, 2013

Lake Minniwasta Birds

On Tuesday,May 7,I went to our local lake,hoping to find some ducks or geese to photograph.Well I was not disappointed. This is not a large lake,but it is the source of most of the water the town/city of Morden uses.

There was still some ice on the lake,but also lots of open water.


These Grebes are much too far away for a good picture,but I took it anyway.
On the right is a pair of Western Grebes and the two farthest to left are Red-necked Grebes.


It didn't take too long for a Pelican with his beautiful breeding plumage hair to show up.
This must be the new hair-do for 2013.

 I knew there was another small pond on my way out of the lake area,so I stopped in there,hoping to get a picture of some Mallards.Here is where my day went from good to very good.


A lone Common Loon was swimming and feeding on this small pond.I rolled down the car windows and sat quietly,waiting for him to move a little closer. I would still have liked to be closer,but these are the best Loon pictures I have ever had.


I had to shoot through some weeds so that is the reason for the blurred spots.I am particularly happy with this picture.The green sheen of the head even shows up.



Thought for Today:
If you want to know yourself better,get to know your Creator better.

26 comments:

  1. the loon shots are just so peaceful!

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  2. Wow - still ice on the lake !

    Wonderful shots, Ruth - especially of the loon. And I recall seeing pelicans on the Bow River near Calgary, when we lived there - so graceful for being such large birds.

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  3. I love them all, but I'm especially fond of loons, so they win for me today. I do have to admire the pelican's "do," though. :)

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  4. Great photos. Peaceful around the lake. Like the thought for the day too.

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  5. The loon shots and the pelican are so beautiful...well done!!!

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  6. Very nice pictures, Ruth. Did you get to hear the Loon? Diane

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  7. Beautiful loon shots! I had no idea you had Pelicans!! Wow!

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  8. I really like your loon pictures. The water looked so still around him. The pelican looked like he had a fish in his mouth.

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  9. Beautiful, peaceful photos and a wonderful quote.

    Have a lovely weekend ~ FlowerLady

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  10. i love the loons and would like to see one for real. the other birds i have seen but never a loon... happy spring time clicking...

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  11. Oh, I love loons and that green head is a winner.

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  12. Oh I LOVE your Loon shots. We've had dozens of them over a local lake here too. To have that many is a bit unusual I think. However, we're not over there everyday, so maybe it's always been that way in the spring.

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  13. I would love to see a loon! Your patience paid off with these shots. Although I know you wanted to be closer, sometimes it's good to see the surrounding area too. Beautiful!

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  14. Ruth, a great days outing! The loon shots are wonderful. One usually doesn't get that close to them.
    Still ice! All I can say is Oh my! We've had the A/C on a couple of times and the weather has been wonderful. Some rain this weekend they say! But the plants need a drink!

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  15. Your little cold outing paid off. These are wonderful shots of the water and birds.

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  16. We have just had 11 days in a row above 20C so it is hard to believe you still have ice. What a great assortment of water birds. Love the Pelican!

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  17. beautiful colours & composition....lovely!

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  18. Hi Ruth, Enjoyed all the pictures, especially the Loons. Your photos spurred my curiosity as to what my chances were of seeing a loon way out here in Washington. On BirdWeb.org I read about the Pacific Loon which can be found out on the coast but rarely right here in the Seattle area. This all makes me think it might be time for a trip out to the coast. Thanks for the spark that gives me a new idea. And thanks, as always, for your kind comments on John's Island. Have a great day, John

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  19. Good morning Ruth.....these are some sweet pictures. I am amazed at how many different kinds of water fowl you all have in your area. Always so pretty.
    Hope your Mother's day weekend is something special for you...
    Shug

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  20. Eww ice still on the lake....you got some good pics

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  21. Hi Ruth, am trying to dig back into 'life' today --and catching up on a few of my blog friends.

    Love this post.. The loons especially are just terrific... You did GREAT!!!!

    Happy Mother's Day.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  22. We still have ice on the lakes here, too and it is opening fishing season. You saw such a variety of beautiful birds.

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  23. i get soooo excited for you!! that you see and appreciate all the beauty around you!!

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  24. Lovely! I've always wanted to see a loon. They have the most interesting feathers and patterns. I actually made one on a quilted wall hanging once because it was such fun to choose the fabrics for all those patterns. May do a whole quilt one of these days.

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  25. Fine loon photos, Ruth. I find them a difficult bird to photograph.. elusive and their dark head often just blacks out completely in images. You did great.

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