A Bird Photography Challenge

Most of the time when I am out for a nature walk, I am lucky if I get more than a few photos of the birds around me. There are too many bushes, trees or long grasses to get a good view.

However, in winter at Humber Bay Park, most of the birds are in the lake and out in the open.

On this early January morning I took on the challenge of trying to get a photo of EVERY bird that I could find.

Here is how I did.

#1 Mute Swan

Mute Swan
Mute Swan

#2 Canada Goose

Canada Goose with Mallards

#3 Mallard

Mallards with Buffleheads

#4 Gadwall

Gadwall with female Bufflehead

#5 Redhead


#6 Lesser Scaup

Lesser Scaup (female)
Lesser Scaup (female)
“raft” of Lesser Scaup

#7 Common Goldeneye

Common Goldeneye (male)
Common Goldeneye (female)
Common Goldeneye (male)
Common Goldeneye (male)
Common Goldeneye (male)

#8 Bufflehead

Bufflehead (males)

#9 Long-tailed Duck

Long-tailed Duck (male)
Long-tailed Duck (male)
Long-tailed Duck (male) tip of tail
Long-tailed Duck (female)
Long-tailed Duck (male)

#10 White-winged Scoter

sleeping White-winged Scoter

#11 Common Merganser

Common Merganser (male)

#12 Red-breasted Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser (female)
Red-breasted Mergansers

#13 Ring-billed Gull

Ring-billed Gulls

#14 Herring Gull

Herring Gull
Herring Gull

#15 Rock Pigeon

Rock Pigeon

#16 Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

#17 House Sparrow

House Sparrows
House Sparrow (female)

#18 Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal (male)

#19 Golden-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet (I was unable to photograph the complete head)

I did have 2 other species which were too quick for me to obtain photos: #20 Downy Woodpecker and #21 European Starling.

Miles Hearn

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