Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Long-tailed Duck

 Long-tailed Duck (Clanguala hyemalis)

Usually these ducks return to the Arctic rather early in spring, but a few Long-tails are still in the vicinity, not yet ready to return to the Arctic. Last week, I spotted a few in two different harbours on Lake Ontario and could hear many gregarious males "talking" far out in the lake. It's a melodious sound that I enjoy hearing.

Foraging for mollusks, crustaceans and small fish

Over the past 20 years,  these sea ducks have become increasingly more abundant in Lake Ontario during winter perhaps due to climate change.

Heading out into the lake

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Swimming in Icy Water

 Police officer putting on his drysuit

Are you curious? I was.

 Pylons and police ribbon in water

Seems there had been a training mission here earlier and some equipment had been left behind. Notice there's still some ice on the lake!

 Taking out a pylon

The icy water didn't appear to bother him.

 Gathering up the police ribbon too

All cleaned up!

Back in for a refreshing dip and the backstroke

FYI: This officer and his partner (who did not suit up so stayed on dry land) were super nice guys to let me take these photos.

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East Gwillimbury is a rural town less than an hour north of Toronto, Canada's largest city. My family calls me CameraGirl because I take my camera with me wherever I go.