The Great Canadian Birdathon is a fundraiser to help endangered species, and to keep common birds common. My webpage is here, or you can simply type birdboy.ca/GCB into your browser to find it any time. (GCB stands for Great Canadian Birdathon.) It’s that simple! There is no designated amount to donate, so you can give anywhere from $1 to $10,000.
We were going out to Drumheller for the Saturday. I knew what this meant. No more than fifteen minutes out of our way was Langdon Corner Slough. I had been preparing all week – for what? For the first time ever, an Arctic Tern was nesting in Alberta, and we were going to see it.
I know Langdon Corner Slough pretty well, and I knew that the tern was nesting on an island a good distance out, too far for our cameras too do much good. That was why I had my Uncle’s gleaming fixed 400 ml. lens beside me with two extenders. The extenders would slow down the shutter speed by a stop or two depending on which one we used, but it would give us the extra distance I needed to get a half-decent shot.
I found it almost immediatly, but could not get a good photo because of the distance and heavy camera. Through my scope, we found also the two hybrid Common/Arctic immatures, but they were hidden by the long grass. Here is a Common feeding its baby (not a hybrid).
The terns were active quite a bit, and the one time that the Arctic flew and I caught it, it was out of focus. Here is the shot. The Arctic is in the bottom left corner.In one corner of the Slough, we saw a large number of Marbled Godwit. I haven’t really looked for one, so if anyone sees a Hudsonian in there, please let me know.
That was it for Langdon, but there will always be Upland Sandpipers on the way out East.
I also got a nice photo of the all too common White-crowned Sparrow. If your ebird checklist doesn’t have one here, you’re cheating.
And that’s it! I will post again soon.
I was in Cranbrook for a soccer tournament this past weekend, and we went to a small pond called Fosters Small Pond, where we found a multitude of birds including a pair of Western Bluebirds.
Other Feathers on Friday:
This post is for the photos, so I’ll keep the words short. All of the photos after a certain header are from that place/event, and they are the best that I took there. Enjoy!