Picture of the Day - "Visiting the Visitors" - June 22, 2017

Took a road trip to try to get some shots of a few very rare visitors to the Maritimes. We travelled down to Musquodoboit Harbour to see some Black-bellied Whistling-ducks. Their normal, northern range is usually Florida and some of the Gulf Coast states. So they are way outside their usual areas. We got to the spot they have been seen, around 5PM and there was one other birder waiting for them.  She said she had been there a couple of hours already. Over the next couple of hours, a few more people showed up to see the ducks.

Shortly before 8PM, people were starting to get tired of waiting and started to get ready to leave. Suddenly, someone pointed up and we saw a flight of ducks circling around and heading towards us. They came in and landed on the roof of a house and looked us over. They started waddling over to the other side of the roof and down to the end, where they gradually took turns flying down to the ground to hunt around for food. These are beautifully coloured ducks and well worth the drive and wait.

Taken with Canon 70D, Sigma 150-600 mm Contemporary @ 600mm, 1/800 sec, f/7.1 and ISO 1250.