Sunday, 1 September 2013

Townsend Sewage Lagoons

Shorebirds  at the Townsend Sewage Lagoons
Haldimand County, Ontario
1 September 2013

   Today we birded the Townsend Sewage Lagoons to enjoy the fall ritual of southbound shorebird migration. The lagoons were in fact very productive, with not only shorebirds being present, but the largest concentration of Barn Swallows Hirundo rustica and Sand Martins Riparia riparia that we have seen this year, with at least a hundred of each species present.
    Unfortunately, most of the shorebirds were just outside the photographic range of our SX40HS Powershot camera and the pictures obtained are not really worth posting. The following shots of a Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes and American Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica are acceptable and we hope that you enjoy them.
    We have a Canon Rebel with a long lens which unfortunately got damaged enough to cause the pictures to blur when Miriam stumbled and the camera hit the ground fairly hard. This will be our incentive to get it repaired. Today with a good camera and a tripod we could have had excellent pictures of several other species.

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