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Loon Fishing

A common loon fishing on the river.

Loon Fishing

Loon Fishing

Mother and her 11 Ducklings

A mallard hen takes her 11 ducklings out for a swim.

Mother and her 11 Ducklings

Mother and her 11 Ducklings

Wood Duck Swimming

A wood duck swimming up the river.

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Loon Fishing

A common loon swimming and fishing on the river.

Common Loon

Common Loon

More Species of Ducks

More species of ducks arriving on the river.

Bufflehead Ducks

Bufflehead Ducks

Common Merganser Ducks

Common Merganser Ducks

Ring-necked Duck

This is the first I have seen this type of duck in the river. I believe this is a ring-necked duck.

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Cormorant Takeoff

A cormorant using her feet to gain enough speed to takeoff.

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Spring Visiting Ducks

Today we have seen a variety of ducks on the river.

Tern?

Tern?

Hooded Merganser

Hooded Merganser

Goldeneye

Goldeneye

Green Heron

Green heron catches breakfast!

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Mother and Duckling

A mother mallard and her duckling swimming down the river.

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Canada Geese are back

Thousands to Canada geese landed on the frozen river behind my house last night.

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Great Blue Heron

Looking forward to the spring and the return of the the herons and other wildlife.
A great blue heron standing majestically on the shoreline of the Rideau River near Manotick, Ontario.

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Male Wood Duck Swimming

Here is a male wood duck swimming directly at me.

Male Wood Duck Swimming

Male Wood Duck Swimming

Ducks on a Log

I found this group of Ducks all hanging out on a log in the Rideau River.  This photograph was taken with my Canon 7D Mark II and a Sigma 150-600 mm lens set at 600 mm. The shutter speed was set to 1/1600 second, the aperture was set to f8 and the ISO was set to 6400.

Ducks on a Log

Ducks on a Log

Great Blue Heron Fishing

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Here you can see an example of the Great Blue Heron catching his lunch.  Heron's are great fishermen, they stand in the shallow waters for 5, 10 and sometimes 20 minutes perfectly still waiting for a fish to come close enough to strike and in an instant they are in the water catching their lunch.  These photographs where taken with my Canon 7D Mark II camera and a 400mm lens.  The shutter speed was set at 1/1000 second, the aperture was set at F5.6 and the ISO is set to 400.

Heron diving for the fish

Heron diving for the fish

Heron's lunch

Heron's lunch

Green Heron Fishing

If you look real carefully along the shores of the Rideau River you might be lucky to find a Green Heron fishing and if you are luckier he may catch a fish.  These small herons are native to this area, however they are hard to see, being significantly smaller then the Great Blue Heron and have a feather colouring and pattern that blends into the foliage along the river bank. This photograph was taken with my Canon 7D camera and a 400 mm lens.  The shutter speed was set at 1/2000 second, the aperture set at f8 and the ISO was set to 800. 

Green Heron Fishing

Green Heron Fishing

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