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The haunting cry of the Common Loon can be heard across Ontario this time of year. 
Loons have long been considered by many North Americans as symbolizing wilderness and solitude. Many cottage-goers, campers, and vacationers would feel their trip was incomplete without seeing a loon or listening to its haunting call. 
Many bones of the loon’s body are solid, rather than hollow like other birds’, which aids in diving ability. During dives, the large webbed feet provide all of the propulsion and the wings are held tight unless they are used to help make sharp turns while chasing prey.

The adaptations that make the loon such an efficient diver also make it heavy and slow to take wing. To take off from a lake, the loon runs along the surface into the wind.

Loons are protected by federal law. Although loons still nest in large numbers, recent studies have shown cause for concern about low breeding success.

To help protect loons on lakes we visit, some shoreline areas should be left undisturbed to accommodate loon nests, and boaters passing these areas should travel at speeds that do not cause wake, especially when there are chicks that are too young to dive or fly. Anglers have the responsibility of using non-lead sinkers and of ensuring that no hooks or lines are left unattended or abandoned. •
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#loon #commonloon #gaviaimmer #birdsofinstagram #birdsofontario #ontariowildlife #canadianwildlife #birdnerd #instabird #birdphotography #bestbirdshots #featherperfection #wildlifelovers #animal_captures #natgeoyourshot #sharecangeo #opcmag #wildlifephotography #allmightybirds #eye_spy_bird #earthfocus #wildlife_seekers @canoncanada @cangeo @canada #acrosstheblueplanet
The haunting cry of the Common Loon can be heard across Ontario this time of year. Loons have long been considered by many North Americans as symbolizing wilderness and solitude. Many cottage-goers, campers, and vacationers would feel their trip was incomplete without seeing a loon or listening to its haunting call. Many bones of the loon’s body are solid, rather than hollow like other birds’, which aids in diving ability. During dives, the large webbed feet provide all of the propulsion and the wings are held tight unless they are used to help make sharp turns while chasing prey. The adaptations that make the loon such an efficient diver also make it heavy and slow to take wing. To take off from a lake, the loon runs along the surface into the wind. Loons are protected by federal law. Although loons still nest in large numbers, recent studies have shown cause for concern about low breeding success. To help protect loons on lakes we visit, some shoreline areas should be left undisturbed to accommodate loon nests, and boaters passing these areas should travel at speeds that do not cause wake, especially when there are chicks that are too young to dive or fly. Anglers have the responsibility of using non-lead sinkers and of ensuring that no hooks or lines are left unattended or abandoned. • • • • • • #loon  #commonloon  #gaviaimmer  #birdsofinstagram  #birdsofontario  #ontariowildlife  #canadianwildlife  #birdnerd  #instabird  #birdphotography  #bestbirdshots  #featherperfection  #wildlifelovers  #animal_captures  #natgeoyourshot  #sharecangeo  #opcmag  #wildlifephotography  #allmightybirds  #eye_spy_bird  #earthfocus  #wildlife_seekers  @canoncanada @cangeo @canada #acrosstheblueplanet 
While everyone at Pelee seems to have warbler fever, I was pretty happy when this Lincoln's Sparrow popped up for me and posed for a few shots. 
#pointpelee #birdsofinstagram #sparrowsofinstagram #lincolnssparrow #birdsofontario #mammalsofcanada
Taken on 05/05/2018
Canon SL1/Tamron 150-600
Ospreys are pretty cool.
This female (you can tell by her "necklace") was perched in a tree near her nest. As I moved closer she would spread her wings in a form of intimidation before flying short distances to try and draw me away from the nest.

#osprey #fishhawk #nature_photo #naturephotography #nature #wild #wildlifephotography #wildlife #birds #birdsofontario #birds_of_prey #birdsofprey #simcoecounty #ontario #canada #canon #canon7d #picoftheday #photography #photooftheday #nature_photo #naturephotography #nature #natgeowild #falcons #falcon #raptors #raptor #beautiful #beauty
Ospreys are pretty cool. This female (you can tell by her "necklace") was perched in a tree near her nest. As I moved closer she would spread her wings in a form of intimidation before flying short distances to try and draw me away from the nest. #osprey  #fishhawk  #nature_photo  #naturephotography  #nature  #wild  #wildlifephotography  #wildlife  #birds  #birdsofontario  #birds_of_prey  #birdsofprey  #simcoecounty  #ontario  #canada  #canon  #canon7d  #picoftheday  #photography  #photooftheday  #nature_photo  #naturephotography  #nature  #natgeowild  #falcons  #falcon  #raptors  #raptor  #beautiful  #beauty 
And then we have this guy in the backyard who empties out half the feeder onto the ground for a peanut 🥜 little buggar! #redbelliedwoodpecker #woodpecker #birdsofinstagram #birdsofontario
I love watching Tree Swallows swoop through the air catching insects but don’t much care for when they dive bomb you.
I love watching Tree Swallows swoop through the air catching insects but don’t much care for when they dive bomb you.
Had a family of Blue Jays over this afternoon!
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#bluejays #wildlife #nature #outdoors #backyard #ontario #canada #birds #birdwatching #visitors #blue #feathers #birdsofontario #birdsofinstagram
I had a fantastic weekend birding and photographing with Jim and Kristin, first up was to get shots of these Prairie Warblers which I haven't photographed before. We also found Canada and Brewsters Warblers, but are still working on images of them.
#birdsofontario #prairiewarblers #springmigration #ontariooutdoors #birdphotography #Canon
Spotted a Rose-breasted Grosbeak along the Orchard Trail.
Spotted a Rose-breasted Grosbeak along the Orchard Trail.
Social herons, the Black Crowned Night Heron prefers to roost in groups and feed during the evening and night hours. I like to call them “penguins in trees”. They are smaller than Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons, but are larger than a Green Heron with a stalky build. #nightheron #blackcrownednightheron #heron #birdphotography #birdsofinstagram #wildlifeaddicts #wildlifephotography #wildlife_inspired #bestbirdshots #natureaddict #getoutside #iheartnature #birds #birdsofontario
Social herons, the Black Crowned Night Heron prefers to roost in groups and feed during the evening and night hours. I like to call them “penguins in trees”. They are smaller than Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons, but are larger than a Green Heron with a stalky build. #nightheron  #blackcrownednightheron  #heron  #birdphotography  #birdsofinstagram  #wildlifeaddicts  #wildlifephotography  #wildlife_inspired  #bestbirdshots  #natureaddict  #getoutside  #iheartnature  #birds  #birdsofontario 
standoff between two cormorants - the turtle was the referee ✌🏼🐦🐢 #natureshots #naturelovers #birdsofontario
Was fortunate enough this morning to have a pair of loons allow me to get very close for some nice shots! #loon #birdsofontario #birdsofinstagram #lspp #canoeing #wildlifephotography  #birding #northernontario
First, baby raccoons and now these little ones
First, baby raccoons and now these little ones
The other morning I got to witness this male #baltimoreoriole territory defend and mate with a female. The female was more agitated with the yellow warblers than he was though #oriole #birds #birding #birdingphotography #birdphotos #birdsofontario #birdsofinstagram #best_birds_of_ig #bird_lovers #wildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #walkinginnature #islandlake #dufferincounty #discoverON #exploreontario #getoutside #photography #photographerlife #feather_perfection #sharecangeo #canoncanada #birdwatching #ontario
The other morning I got to witness this male #baltimoreoriole  territory defend and mate with a female. The female was more agitated with the yellow warblers than he was though #oriole  #birds  #birding  #birdingphotography  #birdphotos  #birdsofontario  #birdsofinstagram  #best_birds_of_ig  #bird_lovers  #wildlife  #wildlifephotography  #nature  #walkinginnature  #islandlake  #dufferincounty  #discoverON  #exploreontario  #getoutside  #photography  #photographerlife  #feather_perfection  #sharecangeo  #canoncanada  #birdwatching  #ontario 
Plenty of American Redstarts around the area to see for those who are still out searching for warblers.
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#birding #birds #birdsofontario #birdsofcanada #birdsofinstagram #spring #migration #american #redstart #warbler #fofbirds2018 #pelee #pointpeleenationalpark #getoutside #paulroeddingphotography #canon
Rescued this bird house from the garbage, now a family of Chicadees making it their home!!💙🐦💙🐦💙🐦
#homesweethome #birdsofontario #birdhouse #chicadees #summerisfinallyhere #lovemybackyard
Scarlet tanagers (Piranga olivacea) are typically defined as birds with bright red plumage... however this individual was showcasing an unusual orange colour! Carotenoid pigments are responsible for producing yellow, red and orange coloration in bird feathers. Since birds obtain these carotenoids through their diet, it's possible that this orange tanager is a result of diet changes prior to growing its breeding plumage (although I wasn't able to find any scientific study that actually analyzed the pigmentation in orange Scarlet tanagers...) nonetheless, it was an interesting find! Swipe to see a comparison of this orange variant with the typical red colouration .
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#scarlettanager #tanager #pirangaolivacea #bird #birds #orangevariant #birding #tanagersofinstagram #ornithology #bio #biology #birdsofontario #birdsofinstagram #nature #wildlife #photography #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #nikon #nikond3300 #d3300 #outdoors #adventure #exploring #longpoint #norfolkcounty #ontario #canada
Scarlet tanagers (Piranga olivacea) are typically defined as birds with bright red plumage... however this individual was showcasing an unusual orange colour! Carotenoid pigments are responsible for producing yellow, red and orange coloration in bird feathers. Since birds obtain these carotenoids through their diet, it's possible that this orange tanager is a result of diet changes prior to growing its breeding plumage (although I wasn't able to find any scientific study that actually analyzed the pigmentation in orange Scarlet tanagers...) nonetheless, it was an interesting find! Swipe to see a comparison of this orange variant with the typical red colouration . • • • • • #scarlettanager  #tanager  #pirangaolivacea  #bird  #birds  #orangevariant  #birding  #tanagersofinstagram  #ornithology  #bio  #biology  #birdsofontario  #birdsofinstagram  #nature  #wildlife  #photography  #wildlifephotography  #naturephotography  #nikon  #nikond3300  #d3300  #outdoors  #adventure  #exploring  #longpoint  #norfolkcounty  #ontario  #canada 
I never really liked turkey vultures until I got the chance to photograph them in flight.  They are quite majestic in the air
I never really liked turkey vultures until I got the chance to photograph them in flight. They are quite majestic in the air
A little late posting, but this winter I got a chance to see and photograph my first snowy. Weird to see him perched in the middle of Lindsay but it was awesome how patient he was with being photographed.

#birdsofontario #birdsofinstagram #owl #snowyowl #d90 #nikon #wildlifephotography #ontariowildlife #owls #sleepyowl
Not the best photos, but another spring overshoot: the Yellow-throated Warbler (Setophaga dominica) 💛 this bird typically breeds in the Eastern United States, but overshot its migration and showed up here at Long Point... swipe through to see a few more photos of this beautiful bird! .
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#yellowthroatedwarbler #warbler #setophaga #setophagadominica #warblers #warblersofinstagram #overshoot #migration #springmigration #wildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #photography #bird #birds #birdsofontario #birdsofinstagram #ornithology #bio #biology #outdoors #birding #longpoint #longpointprovincialpark #provincialpark #norfolkcounty #ontario #canada
Not the best photos, but another spring overshoot: the Yellow-throated Warbler (Setophaga dominica) 💛 this bird typically breeds in the Eastern United States, but overshot its migration and showed up here at Long Point... swipe through to see a few more photos of this beautiful bird! . • • • • • #yellowthroatedwarbler  #warbler  #setophaga  #setophagadominica  #warblers  #warblersofinstagram  #overshoot  #migration  #springmigration  #wildlife  #wildlifephotography  #nature  #photography  #bird  #birds  #birdsofontario  #birdsofinstagram  #ornithology  #bio  #biology  #outdoors  #birding  #longpoint  #longpointprovincialpark  #provincialpark  #norfolkcounty  #ontario  #canada 
Was walking along a trail in a local park and had to do a double-take when this lovely Great Blue Heron was stood just a few feet away, fishing for small fish in the creek beside the trail.
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#heron #greatblueheron #blueheron #bird #birdstagram #earthcapture #birdsofinstagram #birdsofontario #birdsofcanada #avian #fauna #nature #naturegram #lovenature #naturelove #naturelovers #animal #animalsofinstagram #wildlife #wildlifephotography #birdwatching #birdwatchers #birdphotography #taylormasseycreek #taylormasseypark #ontario #canada #yourstodiscover #discoverON
Was walking along a trail in a local park and had to do a double-take when this lovely Great Blue Heron was stood just a few feet away, fishing for small fish in the creek beside the trail. . . . #heron  #greatblueheron  #blueheron  #bird  #birdstagram  #earthcapture  #birdsofinstagram  #birdsofontario  #birdsofcanada  #avian  #fauna  #nature  #naturegram  #lovenature  #naturelove  #naturelovers  #animal  #animalsofinstagram  #wildlife  #wildlifephotography  #birdwatching  #birdwatchers  #birdphotography  #taylormasseycreek  #taylormasseypark  #ontario  #canada  #yourstodiscover  #discoverON