Springs late arrival

A week ago we were scrapping ice off our cars, salting our walkways and shivering over sub-zero temperatures. All of a sudden it’s Spring. Time to shake off the winter blues, and take photographs again. First up are the spring crocus (crocii?) in the front yard.

Pentax K-3II w/ Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM using in lens OS.

Pentax K-3II w/ Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM using in lens OS.

Pentax K-3II w/ SMC Pentax-M 50mm f:4 manual-focus macro lens.

Pentax K-3II w/ SMC Pentax-M 50mm f:4 manual-focus macro lens.

OK, time to see what else I can find. Saturday April 21, 2018 The Mercury hit +17° I headed to the Canal.

Herring Gull (Larus argentatus smithsonianus) at the sushi bar. Pentax K-3II w/ Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM using in lens OS.

Ring-billed gull (Larus delawarensis) apparently doesn’t care for sushi! Pentax K-3II w/ Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM using in lens OS.

Unable to find french fries these Ring-billed gulls (Larus delawarensis) fight over the sushi! Pentax K-3II w/ Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM using in lens OS.

Common merganser (Mergus merganser) drake, Rideau Canal, Ottawa, April 21, 2018. Pentax K-3II w/ Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM using in lens OS.

Double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) in flight over Rideau Canal, Ottawa, April 21, 2018. Pentax K-3II w/ Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM using in lens OS
.Double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) in flight over Rideau Canal, Ottawa, April 21, 2018. Pentax K-3II w/ Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM using in lens OS.

Double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) on the Rideau Canal, Ottawa, April 21, 2018. Pentax K-3II w/ Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM using in lens OS.

Mallard cross Widgeon hybrid, Paterson Creek, Ottawa, April 21, 2018. Pentax K-3II w/ Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM using in lens OS.

The Canal is about 50% open water and half ice covered. The narrow open channel has the advantage to corral the water fowl within reach of my super zoom lens. On Patterson Creek there were also a pair of Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa) , first time I’ve seen Wood Ducks there. The Cormorant’s were plentiful, allowing for birds in flight (BIF) practice.

Darrell Larose
Ottawa, Canada

 

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