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Old May 8, 2013, 10:04 PM   #1
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Inspired by all the amazing birding shots, I thought I would try my hand with these subjects.

Starting in February, catching the geese and ducks sheltering on the ice flows in the Oakville harbour during a snow storm.



In early march the ice was out of the harbor and the geese and ducks were on the move. I had been watching the flights of geese every evening heading inland. Going down to the harbour one evening and caught the geese wheeling in from the lake and flying up the river. Unfortunately, I was on the east shore and ended up shooting into the sun. For whatever reason, I had mounted a Nikkor 35mm -- not exactly the best lens for shooting birds in flight.







The next night, having seen massive flocks out on the lake in the morning, headed over to the west bank so the flights would be nicely illuminated. Alas, the only bird to be seen was this solitary swan. Oly M.Zuiko 40-150

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As luck would have it, we stopped the following evening on the north shore of Burlington Bay., across from the Hilton Steel Works. Swans everywhere!




This gathering of artillery was for a rare owl as they waited for the owl to return to a hollow in a tree.


Could have photographed hundreds of swans but the light was already failing. I have never seen so many swans in one area before.



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Weather is getting warmer in mid-march and the last of the ice pans were floating down the Niagara River



By the end of March the days were getting nice so we stopped by the Royal Botanical Gardens and wandered through the naturalized creek valley. There was a calm in the warming sunshine for the birds.








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Spent most of April looking at the beginnings of the garden season. Now into May, I happened to be walking the dog down by the water again, this time at the outer harbor in Bronte. This family came swimming by. Oly M.Zuiko 14-42 mk1 kit.



I really like the blues of the sky and water that Olympus captures...

Thanks for looking
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......well, I looked, looked again and then one more time.

I absolutely love all of'em and especially the last one of the family.

Really made my morning a good one.

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Thanks. I like your wide shot of the river/marsh and the last shot especially. The really wide ones--are they 16x9 or some other ratio? I kind of like the format.
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Nice series, love the dramatic transition between winter and spring.

Thank you for posting.

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All great shots but I love the last two shots the best.
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Excellent series...I liked all pictures. Well done.
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Excellent series...I liked all pictures. Well done.
My feelings also. Good job!!
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