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.