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N 57 B 339 C 52 E Aug 4, 2020 F Aug 4, 2020
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With the elongated bill, the Northern Shoveler looks like a cartoon character designed by Disney.

My eleven year old granddaughter is French/English bilingual. When she saw this picture, she said: 'Grand-pere, je pense que cette canard souris! C'est tres adorable.'

This individual was not so shy and I was able to capture some shots that show her bill in all its oversized glory. I waited for her to briefly stop swimming. As she turned her head and gave me a toothy smile, I took this picture. Wait a minute, ducks don't smile?

(Taken on JE Poole Wetland, Boardwalk, St. Albert, Alberta, Canada)

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N 449 B 6.1K C 107 E Jul 26, 2020 F Jul 26, 2020
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Black Tern is a long-distance migrant. Their numbers are declining in many parts in North America due to loss of wetland habitats and human encroachment. They are fast and agile flyers, swooping to pluck aquatic insect preys from the water's surface or catching insects on the wing.

It's nice to see a small flock has established here. They are in the midst of setting up camps and raising their young.

500mm f4G @ ISO 3200
(Taken on early July, JE Poole Wetland, Boardwalk, St. Albert, Alberta, Canada)

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N 78 B 759 C 74 E Jul 18, 2020 F Jul 18, 2020
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A shy and elusive liittle rail - Now you see it, most often you don't.
If startled by a sudden movement or sound, it quickly runs to cover and slips out of sight in the marshy environment.

I caught this youngster through a gap in the reed vegetation. As you can see, its adult feathers are beginning to emerge.

(Taken on July, Boardwalk, JE Poole Wetland, St. Albert, Alberta, Canada)

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N 109 B 1.1K C 92 E Jul 8, 2020 F Jul 8, 2020
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My birding friend, Ludo Bogaert, and I spotted this recently fledged Albino Tree Swallow on the trail and I was at first confused, thinking that it may be a white Budgie escapee. Then we saw the parent dashing in to feed it, and we realized that we had come across something unique and rare.

If you look closely, notice the bird's red eye, the bill is pinkish as well as the legs.

The conditions were not ideal on the day - it was very windy and there's not much light in the thicket.. I'm thrilled I'd managed to catch some record shots of this rare find. I would have to wait quite a while before another such opportunity would come my way.

500mm f4G @ f4
(Taken on July 2, JE Poole Wetland, St. Albert, Alberta, Canada)

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N 92 B 1.0K C 71 E Jul 8, 2020 F Jul 8, 2020
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Albinism is a genetic mutation that prevents the body from producing the pigment melanin

In this photo, the young Albino Tree Swallow is being fed by the parent. Notice the young bird's red eye, pinkish bill and legs. Both parents have normal coloration.

I'm thrilled that I'd managed to capture some record shots of the feeding action. It might take quite a while before another such opportunity would come my way.

500mm f4G @ f4
(Taken on July 2, JE Poole Wetland, St. Alberta, Alberta, Canada)

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