Thursday, May 15, 2008

Wading birds and more near Goose lake

I recently took a couple of trips around part of Goose Lake & the sloughs near the town of Laura, Saskatchewan.
My Wife had never seen a Stilt before , so we were happy to find 2 on one particular evening, after finding out they were back in the area .
These elegant waders are not very common here, so it's always a treat to see them.

Here are some photos from those 2 trips :

Black-necked Stilt :
Shot around 6pm in fairly poor light so I opted to use my flash. Sometimes you have to just take what you can at the time and hope for the best. .

American Avocet :

Willet :

Marbled Godwit :

Upland Sandpiper - these are not that common either, so seeing this made me happy :

Horned Lark :

Western Meadowlark :

And lastly, the 2 most common Sparrows you will see on a drive in the country...

Vesper Sparrow :

Savannah Sparrow :


kjpweb said...

Those are top notch images! Hat's off! What are you paying those birds to pose for you like that? Excellent work!
Cheers, Klaus

Bird Girl said...

That first shot in the dim light is my favorite! It is a really neat looking bird - and all the others...I am with Klaus - what are you paying these guys to pose? WOW! You have a very nice way of composing -- always paying attention to the rule of thirds which makes for beautiful images that draw the viewer in.

Rocky M said...

Nice set of images Nick,as usual.I wish I would have been able to see the Black necked Stilts when they were at Valeport Marsh.The Avocet and Godwit are lovely as well.I think I prefer the shorebirds to the Gulls.:)

Happy shooting my friend,

The Birdlady said...

Gosh, Nick! I'm glad I don't have to choose a favorite! If I did, though.....that willet and the horned lark would be in a tight race. All are spectacular!

Nick S said...

Thanks for looking guys :-)

Sandpiper said...

These pictures are stunning, Nick!! Really great stuff!

Nick S said...

Thankyou ! Sometimes a car can act as a good blind, but it doesn't work everyime :-)

John Theberge said...

As always a fantastic series of photos.