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Photos Of Birds In Flight

Updated on January 19, 2015
The Osprey
The Osprey | Source
Seagull on Georgian Bay
Seagull on Georgian Bay | Source

There is nothing more magnificent than the sight of birds in flight.

Recently I had the opportunity to get out and about in Ontario, Canada with my Fujifilm Finepix HS10 camera and I was lucky enough to get some great Photos of Birds In Flight.

I have combined my two favourite hobbies, bird-watching and photography, to create this tribute to birds in flight.

American White Pelicans On Lake of the Woods

American white pelicans on Lake of the Woods
American white pelicans on Lake of the Woods | Source

Many people are surprised to learn that American White Pelicans can be found in Canada.

They are even more surprised when they discover that they are slap-bang in the middle, over 1,800 miles from both the Pacific Ocean on the West coast, and the Atlantic Ocean on the East coast.

American White Pelicans winter on the U.S. west coast, and around the Gulf of Mexico but breeding colonies fly north in the summer into Central Canada.

My wife and I had been fortunate to win a fishing trip to Lake of the Woods and the pelicans were frequent visitors to our boat in search of fish remains.

If you are interested in learning more about the wildlife in this part of Canada, check out my Lake of the Woods Fishing Report.


Photos of Birds in Flight Over Lake Scugog

Osprey over Lake Scugog
Osprey over Lake Scugog | Source
Belted Kingfisher hovering over Lake Scugog
Belted Kingfisher hovering over Lake Scugog | Source

I had a fantastic stroke of luck when I was visiting a friend's cottage on Lake Scugog, Ontario.

Shortly after arriving, I spotted a Belted Kingfisher flitting backwards and forwards across the water searching for small fish. I was wondering how I was ever going to get it to sit still long enough to get a decent photo, when it started to hover right in front of the cottage. Although it was still a good distance away, my 30x optical zoom saved the day and I was able to get a pretty good shot of this elusive bird, made famous by appearing on the old blue Canadian five-dollar bills.

Then just a few minutes later, as we were chatting casually on my friend's deck, he suddenly pointed out an Osprey approaching across the water. Again, my luck continued as it flew directly overhead allowing me to get a couple of good photos. Ospreys (or sea hawks as they are sometimes known) are found around the world although they are relatively uncommon. They eat only fish taken from just below the water's surface, and they often nest on artificial platforms.

A few days later, while visiting a local exotic animal ranch (lions, tigers, bears and more) near Lake Scugog, I was able to get some photos of the Red-tailed Hawk which is a common sight over woodlands and open country in Southern Ontario.

Red-Tailed Hawk

Red-Tailed Hawk (light phase)
Red-Tailed Hawk (light phase) | Source
Baltimore Oriole in flight
Baltimore Oriole in flight | Source


Another of my favourite bird-watching spots is in the wetlands east of Toronto near Darlington Provincial Park.

This is a great spot to see Northern Harrier's as well as Baltimore Orioles, Yellow Warblers, Cedar Waxwings and many other species of Canadian Birds.

Female Ruby-Throated Hummingbird in Flight

Fermale Ruby-Throated Hummingbird at feeder with Oriole
Fermale Ruby-Throated Hummingbird at feeder with Oriole | Source

I love to watch Canadian Birds in my Garden and I have created a bird-friendly habitat that attracts a wide range of birds and other animals.

My favourite visitor is the Hummingbird which is attracted by the numerous nectar-filled feeders dotted throughout my garden. These amazing birds beat their wings at over 50 times per second and they rarely stay still for very long which makes it a real challenge to get a good photograph. As usual, it comes down to patience and luck!

If you are interested in attracting Hummingbirds to your garden, I can show you How to Create a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird Habitat.


Turkey Vulture Over Georgian Bay

Turkey Vulture over Georgian Bay
Turkey Vulture over Georgian Bay | Source

Georgian Bay is a large bay on the north-east edge of Lake Huron. Known for being very rugged and windswept, it is extremely beautiful and is host to over 30,000 islands.

Once again, we are fortunate to have friends that live on Georgian Bay. On a recent visit I was able to get a great shot of a Turkey Vulture which is quite common in this part of the world.

Then, as the sun was going down on a perfect summer's day, a lone seagull flew into the frame and let me capture a fabulous sunset!

Sunset Over Georgian Bay

A Seagull at Sunset over Georgian Bay
A Seagull at Sunset over Georgian Bay | Source

Photos Of Birds In Flight

I hope that these Photos of Birds in Flight will inspire you to go bird-watching. It is a great hobby and stress-reliever. So, next time you go out for a walk, take your binoculars and camera with you and you might be surprised at the results.

Happy birding!

Geoff

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      greeneryday 4 years ago from Some tropical country

      I was surprised to learn that American White Pelicans can travel very long distance... the photos are amazing... please write more hubs like this one... and don't forget to add more photos too.. thank you for sharing your trip with us... voted up for awesome...

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      geoffclarke 4 years ago from Canada

      Hi greeneryday, thanks for the compliments and advice. If you're interested, I do have lots more photos on my other bird Hubs. Thanks for visiting. Geoff

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      Lenzy 4 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      Nice job Geoff. I love bird watching and I loved looking at your photos of the birds in flight. Thank you for the enjoyable hub. Lenzy

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Very nicely done, Geoff! Birds are so amazing and can take you on some interesting journeys.

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