I have been out to the Niagara River twice in the past month for some birding. During these trips I saw many of the usual gull targets and a few rarities!
During my first trip in early December I had the pleasure of seeing two Razorbill at Niagara-on-the-Lake, unfortunately they were very far out, closer to the US side. This is an ocean going species that rarely shows up on the Great Lakes.
|Little Gull (black underwings), Bonaparte's Gulls, and American fishers.|
I was down in the area for Christmas and went out on boxing day for some birding! I was excited to test out a new lens - the Fuji 70-300mm. It is a heck of a lot smaller and lighter than the 400mm and definitely holds its own. I think it is faster focusing and maybe a hair sharper.
|Ring-billed Gull above the falls|
|Iceland Gull at Adam Beck|
|Lightly marked gull that I took for a Thayer's at first, but seems like it is just an odd Herring.|
The highlight of this trip was definitely a near adult male King Eider (also at Niagara-on-the-Lake)!
|King Eider (taken w 400mm)|