Monday, January 28, 2013

Intense Cold/Our World/Nature Notes

Canada goose swimming in icy waters

A lone Canada goose taking a break from all the cackling and mayhem on a Lake Ontario beach...

A gazillion Canada geese

but these geese were sticking together - swimming, waddling and sleeping -  trying to hide from the wind with a wind chill factor of -29°C  (-20°F). Luckily the air warmed up a bit as the day wore on.

 Very cold

After an unseasonably mild first half of January,  the recent cold snap was a nasty surprise.  For sure I was winterized when I went outdoors with my camera - a few layers of warm clothing and a cup of cafe mocha helped a lot!

 A small portion of a gazillion scaups with a few other ducks mixed in

And it was worth being outdoors. Standing on a cliff over Lake Ontario, I witnessed the landing of a huge flock of mixed ducks - scaups, redheads and mergansers. It was a sight to see as they slipped into the bay,  then headed towards deeper water in long ribbons.

A scaup "invasion"?

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47 comments:

Andy said...

Excellent photos. Birds of a feather, flock together.

llandudnopictures said...

Wow, LOT'S of birds. Well done for braving the freezing cold, great shots!

A Garden of Threads said...

Impressive, everyone staying together to keep warm?

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Oh my- what luck! You were there just at the right time to see this!

Kate said...

Excellent photo to show the importance of community!

see you there! said...

Wonderful shots but it looks Very Cold.

Darla

Sandra said...

these are amazing, i have never seen so many geese... brreautiful on the first photo.. i would love to see all of this... wow

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Beautiful shots! I've never seen so many ducks and geese assembled in one area!

Kathy said...

These are all beautiful. What kind of gloves do you wear so you can still push the shutter button?

TexWisGirl said...

these are awesome! that 2nd photo is just amazing!

Susie of Arabia said...

Wow - the one with all the birds is just amazing!!!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Fascinating pictures. I sometimes wonder how the ducks can stand being that icy water,but I guess they are created to be able to do that.

Stephanie said...

Wonderful shots!

RedPat said...

I've never seen so many geese in 1 place!

Judy said...

Maybe even a gazillion and a half!!! I would so love the see such huge flocks!!! But they have left me behind, so they can visit you in the sunny south(yeah, I know it is about a 4 hour drive)...

Buttons said...

Wow it sure looks like a gazillion. I remember when they used to fly south I be they wished they still did. It is way to cold. Keep warm or in my case watch the ice:) B

Sylvia K said...

Incredible!! A gazillion indeed! Fantastic that you could get such terrific captures of SO many! Terrific captures -- all of them!! Hope you and the geese weather the cold this week!!

Gary said...

Great Lake views!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Joe Todd said...

I'm going to put another log on the fire...LOL Great post Liked your BarnCharm post to

Gemma Wiseman said...

Amazing captures of the Canadian geese! I wonder how so many can manage to survive in such large flocks! Gorgeous photos!

Photo Cache said...

wow, so many geese.

Rebecca said...

Wow, that's a lotta geese. What interesting patterns they make.

Fun60 said...

The noise must have been deafening.

Rose said...

That first shot..oh, it looks soooo cold.

Seems like even though I dress in layers, I cannot keep warm days like this.

eileeninmd said...

It is cool to see the big flocks of geese and ducks. I assume you are having some cold weather there. Great shots and mosaic. Have a happy week!

NatureFootstep said...

wow, that´s a lot of birds. But they seem to need to get together to keep warm.

Lowell said...

I know Canadian geese are party poopers (or poopers in general) but I didn't think they were so dumb as to not fly to Florida for the winter!

P.S. Your comments today were quite witty! Someone told me that today, too, but I think they said "half-witty." I dunno.

Sue said...

Wow, thanks for sharing these. I've never seen anything quite like it!

=)

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful photos! That is a lot of Canada geese and ducks in one place. I've never heard of scaups before. We have a warming trend coming for a few days which will be a nice relief from this cold snap.

Esther Joy said...

Great pictures, but I think you must have sent the "snow birds" that couldn't stand that cold weather to come down south where we are! When I took my little dog for a walk today, there was so much Canada goose poop along the edge of the duck pond that I quickly decided to go back to the street to walk.

Carol L McKenna said...

Absolutely beautiful shots ~ Gorgeous ~ tis cold!

( A Creative Harbor) ^_^

Carver said...

Beautiful winter shots. Those are some tough ducks and geese.

Dana said...

I don't think I've ever seen so many geese in one place. Nice photos!

Randy said...

That first shot is amazing. It does look a bit chilly.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Nice shots, I have to tell you though that if I were a bird I'd want to be one of those that head south for the winter.

Jack said...

I am so glad that some of the Canada geese have found their way up to Canada. I though most of them were lolling around New England.

Luna Miranda said...

i can't imagine a -29 deg C temperature--but i'm sure it's colder than a freezer.:p i don't know how these birds could survive the cold. and you, too--you were out shooting in the cold weather.:p

ladyfi said...

Cold and oh so beautiful! Gorgeous shots.

Indrani Ghose said...

Wow! So many together, I have never seen something like this.

Laura said...

beautiful photos... good for you getting out to witness nature firsthand despite the biting cold. Thanks for your bravery... I've been staying in the past few weeks with the drop in temps (single digits and teens in daytime, not as frigid as where you are, but nursing a cold)... I look forward to walks outside again soon.

Small City Scenes said...

Brrrr, now that is cold. Nice shots. MB

Rambling Woods said...

Wow..so that is where the waterfowl go to find open water. That is an amazing sight... It has been cold and today I am sure you are getting the warmer temps and rain...Thank you for linking in EG...Michelle

Karen said...

That's a lot of geese!

amanda said...

As your northern Minnesota neighbor, we've been feeling the same cold temps! (even colder, -40° wind chills.. my poor little ones when they go out the door to the school bus each morning.)
Keep warm, and I really like the photo of the "loner." :)

LONDONLULU said...

I think I'd need many, many layers, that is intensely cold! Hope you stay warm, we finally got our cold snap too, but nothing like this!

kelley jensen said...

I've never seen anything like that! amazing.

Snowcatcher said...

Our geese and ducks gather like that when a storm is coming. Better forecasters than the weathermen, if you ask me!

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