Roughed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus)

Bird Watching

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This female Downey Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) joined us for dinner at the cottage one night last summer. We'll often see the woodpeckers come by and check out not just the birch trees but also the mature hemlocks for a meal. I'm not often lucky enough to both have the camera ready and for the bird to be close enough to get a good picture.  
We saw this Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) fishing in the marsh on the east end of Little Joe Lake on our day trip from Joe Lake up to Burnt Island Lake. The fishing must have been pretty good because this guy was still fishing the same area when we came through again on our way back to camp in the afternoon. If you would like to see more pictures of this area including some photos of this heron, then jump on over to our Joe Lake canoe trip report.  
This video of a female Ruby Throated Hummingbird was taken at our cottage in August. For once I did have the camera set up on a tripod but there is still a slight shake from being on the deck with folks walking around. Nonetheless it really shows off the amazing zoom lense on my Canon SX30IS .  
This family of Common Loons (Gavia immer) were hanging out on Parkside Bay just off of Ragged Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park during Labour Day weekend in September of 2010. The juveniles still have very grey feathers on the upper part of their bodies, but if you watch you will see one of them make a short display exposing the underbelly and wings which already show the sharp white & black colorings that you normally associate with a loon. If you would like to see more pictures of this area, including some mergansers that we saw over on the east side of Ragged Lake, then you can take a look at our Ragged Lake canoe trip report.  
This Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) was nesting on an island in Wanapitei Bay which is part of the French River Provincial Park. The video was taken from a canoe and it's a pretty high zoom so it isn't nearly as steady as I'd like. Hopefully one day I'll get a better quality video to replace this one. I haven't written up a trip report for this canoe trip yet, but if you are interested in some of our other trips you can check out the Canoe Trip Reports.  
This video of a Roughed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus) was taken just behind our campsite on the French River during a canoe trip through French River Provincial Park in June 2009. I'll apologize that it's a bit shaky. One of the things I learned on this trip was that really needed to get a tripod or at least a monopod if I wanted to start taking videos. I haven't written up a trip report for this canoe trip yet, but if you are interested in some of our other trips you can check out the Canoe Trip Reports.  
On a canoe trip down the Petawawa River through Algonquin Provincial Park in June of 2005, we had the pleasure of having a Common Loon (Gavia immer) swim along beside us for about 5 minutes. The pictures didn't turn out particularly well, but this short video clip was nice to get. Note that given the age of this video, the resolution isn't too great.

   
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