Pelee Island Camping Trip Photos 2016 Part 2

Pelee Island Camping Trip Photos 2016 Part 2

I hope you enjoyed my earlier post about Pelee Island.  This latest post focuses on bird photos. As you may know, thousands of birds migrate through this area every spring.  Pelee Island is a stopover for many interesting species, and attracts avid birders.  Having access to some very experienced and knowledgeable LWI birders who attend this event makes the trip especially worthwhile.    For some competitive birders, Pelee Island offers the annual Botham Cup.  This event is a bird “race” taking place over a 24 hour period from Friday noon until Saturday noon.  Teams try and sight as many bird species…
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Pelee Island Camping Trip Photos 2016 Part 1

Pelee Island Camping Trip Photos 2016 Part 1

Every spring for many years now, LWI holds a group camping outing on Pelee Island.  2016 was the first year for myself and Roberta attending.  Pelee Island is an easy 1 hour and 30 minute ferry ride from Leamington.  The campground is located only a few kilometers from the ferry dock and is well situated for making forays to the various corners of the island. By late Thursday the LWI group camping site was well populated with tents, dining shelters, pop-up camper vans and one truck camper.  Some members come as early as Tuesday, with most departing back to the…
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Down River Ducks – A Great Success!

Down River Ducks – A Great Success!

Thirty-eight people gathered on a cold Sunday morning in February to enjoy the many waterfowl that visit the St. Clair River during the winter months.  Our first stop was at the Bluewater Bridge where we were treated to a good view of the peregrine falcon that flew past and landed on the bridge.  Our scopes came in handy and some of the participants had great success with “digiscoping” (using your camera/cellphone to take a photo through the scope).  We saw a pair of cackling geese which was the highlight of this first stop! I think the funniest event at this…
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Pelee Island Camping with Lambton Wildlife

Pelee Island Camping with Lambton Wildlife

Serious planning and commitment for the Lambton Wildlife spring camping trip to Pelee Island begins on April 1! April 1 is not the first day to sign-up, nor is it the first camping day. It is the first day that a camper can make a car reservation to the Pelee Island car ferry Jiiman. Space on the ferry is at a premium and it is very important to reserve a spot. Vehicle space fills quickly. The Jiiman is a 200 foot vessel capable of carrying 400 passengers and 40 vehicles. Once the ferry reservation is made, you have about five…
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“Photographing the Backlit Bird”, a few tips to improve your bird photos.

Suppose you are walking through Canatara Park and suddenly you spot a beautiful warbler on a branch overhead. It’s the middle of the day with a bright, sunny sky. You excitedly snap several photos, but later when you look at the photos on a computer you are disappointed to see that the bird in the photo is darker than you anticipated. The problem is that the bird was backlit and this situation is quite common, seeing as birds are often overhead and so is the sun. Even with binoculars, a bird against a bright sky often looks like a silhouette…
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3,759 Broad-winged Hawks at Hawk Cliff!

3,759 Broad-winged Hawks at Hawk Cliff!

Yes! We saw 3,759 Broad-winged Hawks, 23 Northern Harriers, 169 American Kestrel, and 293 Sharp-Shinned Hawks at Hawk Cliff on September 14th, 2016. Bald Eagles are also a common sight but because there are resident Bald Eagles it is hard to tell which ones are actually migrating. Wednesday brought clouds and north-west winds to the north shore of Lake Erie, making conditions that were favorable for seeing a large number of migrating raptors. Our day began in Port Stanley with a quick stop at the Village Square Coffee Shop for a delicious coffee and some sweets. The official Hawk Cliff…
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Simple Tip to Improve Your Bird Photos: Put the sun at your back

Simple Tip to Improve Your Bird Photos: Put the sun at your back

Here is a simple tip that will help improve your bird photos no matter what type of camera you are using. Photography is essentially the capture of light. The way light strikes your subject makes a significant difference to the quality of your photo. How can you use this fact to get a better shot? Pay attention to where the sun is when you are shooting. Ideally the sun should be directly behind you when you photograph a bird. I know, this is the reverse from taking photos of people outdoors: if the sun is behind the photographer, every person…
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Summer Birding At Sarnia Solar

Summer Birding At Sarnia Solar

An Invitation to Lambton Wildlife members and Sydenham Field Naturalists, Hello LWI and SFN birders. Enbridge is inviting you to go birding inside the fences at the Sarnia Solar site. The large grassland like fields offer great birding for grassland species. A survey this week included rarities such as Clay-coloured Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow and Dickcissel and totalled 43 species. Join Larry Cornelis on Tuesday, June 28th, 8am - 11am and hopefully we will relocate these rare birds amongst all the other grassland species. Butterflies and dragonflies are abundant too right now. Meet Larry at the Enbridge office (yellow house), 5115…
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