Breathtaking Biodiversity at Point Pelee
Given current happenings and decisions taken by top politicians, Canada may not be able to lay claim to doing the most it can for environment, but the southernmost tip of Canada is a place that every Canadian can feel happy about. The Festival of Birds, Point Pelee National Park’s annual festival to celebrate and observe bird migration is indeed one of the most stunning sights in the world.
I was down there with my partner @jeanhalls and buddy @at_the_park1 to take in some of these sights and revel in the mind-blowing bird and plant diversity on display. Many birders who I talked to there were of the opinion that this was perhaps one of the best migrations in 30 years, in terms of the diversity of birds coming in.
It was immensely satisfying for me to see some lifers there, as I do on every trip to Point Pelee, and of course I also took the opportunity to improve my photography skills. I know for sure some of my buddies at @eviscomm were envious ☺
A little quiz -- can you identify the two birds I've posted here?
A female Red-browed Finch. I found a large flock of these beauties in a Hakea bush, there must have been over a dozen of them. Each with a breeding pair, grooming each other and flitting from branch to branch. They feed on insects, grass seeds and small fruits and tend to forgage from the ground. (Neochmia temporalis)
Ok birdsbystan fans. We have a lot of great content coming at you from the Okavango delta and Chobe National Park in Botswana. First up is the African Hoopoe. It’s got a wicked mowhawk and it’s beak is used to probe the ground for insects. The first bird and only African hoopoe we saw. It was one of my faves of the trip. #deltabird#birding#birdingphotography
Did you know the Calliope Hummingbird is the smallest bird in North America? They grow to be about 3 inches long and weigh around one-tenth of an ounce. #pollinatorweek⠀
📷: Richard D. Pick/Audubon Photography Awards