In this final post about our trip to Algonquin, I would like to share some of the other birds I was able to capture images of as well as some other items of interest. I am also experimenting with a new way of showing images via automatic slideshow and I hope you like it. First off, I was surprised to see a female Mallard Duck lead its 2 ducklings to our campsite at Lake of Two Rivers, presumably for a human handout.
Despite having a couple of decent images, the Belted Kingfisher remains on my nemesis list and I am always hoping for another opportunity to photograph one. While we were parked watching and taking pictures of the moose, a Belted Kingfisher suddenly appeared, hovering and hunting about 50 feet above the water, approximately 75-100 yards away in the direction we were facing. I wasn’t quite quick enough to lock on it for an image as it moved to another location where it still remained about 100 yards away and 50 feet high. However, this time I was able to snap 14 images in the 2 seconds it hovered there. Normally this would not be anything to blog about but this time I happened to have a 600mm lens with the 2x tele-converter mounted giving me a massive focal length of 1200mm or the equivalent of a 24 power magnification if we were to use binoculars as a comparative example. The sharpness of images I received was outstanding but I leave that for you to decide. The first image is the original out of the camera and the second one the same image with cropping and some post-processing applied. The third and fourth images are added to demonstrate that thankfully this was no fluke. I was also using a monopod and my Canon 1DMKIV.
This is a video that shows the extent I had to go to keep from getting bitten and you can see the bugs flying around the camera (iPhone) and myself.
Lastly, on our way to see the Black-backed Woodpecker, we found a cow moose and calf feeding right beside the highway. This was especially good news for Joyce who was able to get some decent pictures of the moose since she had some technical difficulties with her 500mm lens and as a result was limited in the images she was able to get. I took these shots with my iPhone and you can see the moose on the right side of the image. Of course, moose on the side of the highway is a big attraction so traffic mayhem ensues.
My next post will be in a couple of weeks and include a variety of birds I have captured images of this summer.