Photography by Gerry Frederick

Ice off

    Finally the local wildlife sanctuary is starting to stir. The lake has been clear of ice for more than a week now. Some days the temperature is over 15 c (60 f). The birds are busy securing mates and nesting sites. Some mornings the battles appear to be pretty intense but the outcomes produce few loss of  feathers. The photos can be a little bland with all the vegetation still dry and colourless. But never the less the water fowl are as busy as they can be. Only a couple of weeks ago I watched the same birds sitting quietly waiting on small patches of open water. Now they are chasing each other all over the lake with what looks like endless energy.

     We are still waiting for the majority of the population to return and by then Elizabeth Lake will be a hot bed of breeding activity. All the conditions appear to be in their favor and it’s only a few short weeks before we can expect to see small goslings swimming behind their parents in parade. This year should be a great year for Liz lake photogs.

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9 responses

  1. avian101

    Nice shots! 🙂

    April 12, 2012 at 8:43 am

  2. Beautiful photos.

    April 12, 2012 at 8:54 am

  3. Love the beaver. (I assume that’s a beaver and not some other critter going for a swim.)

    April 12, 2012 at 9:28 am

  4. Beautiful. I love Ducks. Great shots!

    April 13, 2012 at 7:27 am

  5. Wow these are great Gerry! I especially like the reeds in the snow!

    April 13, 2012 at 7:46 am

  6. what patience you have…nature does not always co-operate for
    the ‘perfect photo’ but you have them here…
    isn’t spring awesome?

    April 17, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    • Thank you for your kind comments. Yes it does take a bit of standing still and only moving your eyes if you want the shot you came for. I can’t wait for spring to really get rolling around here. Perhaps another couple of weeks. Thanks again
      Gerry

      April 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm

  7. Amazing! Boy oh boy do I have some things to look forward to in photography! Thanks for opening my eyes a bit wider. Your pictures are hypnotic.
    Blessings to you,

    Terra

    April 26, 2012 at 11:06 am

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