I took a drive to Pt. Edward in Sarnia, Ontario this morning to look for ducks at the mouth of the St. Clair River. Winds were blowing hard off-shore, and a heavy cloud bank was obscuring the rising sun.
Long-tailed Ducks were visible from shore by the hundreds, while farther out Surf Scoters and White-winged Scoters were visible only through a scope. The Long-tails could be found in all sorts of non-breeding plumage, with several transitions observed among the small groups of ducks.
I spent about 2 hours along the waterfront trying to digiscope the Long-tails as the river sucked them in from off the lake. Frigid temps and choppy waters made digiscoping a huge challenge, as I fought trying to keep the bobbing ducks in the scope while trying to activate the shutter w/ frozen fingers. Of the 400 captures I had maybe a half-dozen keepers. Real disappointing. Still, it was a beautful morning to be out.
As I drove home along I-94 I pulled over a couple of times to try to capture Red-tail Hawks roosting alongside the expressway. The late morning sun provided perfect lighting for a few nice captures.