Birdies, White Lake ON

Having recently returned from four weeks in Scotland and Iceland, I’m a bit preoccupied with overseas wonders. It’s good to get a reminder that there are wonders closer to home: in this case, at White Lake, about 90 minutes NW of my house.

Today, the first of three alliterative posts: Birdies. I’d include the hummingbirds here, if iI hadn’t just posted them.


Who knew that loons, like pelicans, can scratch that spot between their shoulder blades with the back of their head?

4 -photo collage of common loons in late-afternoon sunlight


This guy was like the Friendly Giant: Look up. Look wa-a-a-y up!

2-photo collage of adult osprey in tree-top nestGreat Blue Heron

At some point, you’d think I’d have enough photos of great blue herons. Yeah, you’d think so . . .

2-photo collage of great blue heron in late-afternoon light


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6 Responses to Birdies, White Lake ON

  1. John Whitman says:

    Great pics!!

  2. Jim Taylor says:

    Ospreys make me think of the Ancient Mariner. Okay, no long grey beard, but certainly a glittering eye.
    Jim T

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Jim – Yeah, I wouldn’t want to be lunch-size for an osprey, or even to look lunch size.

  3. Every loon evokes for me F.R. Crawley’s film The Loon’s Necklace that all Canadian children should have the opportunity to see. I must have been among the first school children to view the film in a Toronto classroom around 1949 or 1950. The head-and-shoulders trick is not one I had noticed. Thank you for these.

    Thank you for all of them.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Laurna – They are amazing, aren’t they? I count myself lucky to have the opportunity even to see them, much more to photograph them.

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