Bates Island

An overcast and cool morning in Ottawa today.  After dropping Chris back at Phaeton Place for some sleep, I decided to make myself scarce for a few hours and take my 500mm lens out for a little bird photography.  I headed for Remic Rapids on the Ottawa river, thinking I could always grab some geese shots, even on a dreary and wet morning.  Once I got to the end of Island Park, I saw the RCMP had the Ottawa River Parkway blocked off for eastbound traffic.  Turns out there was a bad accident overnight and the police were still investigating the scene.  So instead, I headed across Champlain bridge to Bates Island which is in the middle of the Ottawa river between Ontario and Quebec.  Lighting was pretty poor but I found a few gulls and ducks hanging about that made for easy pickings.  I didn’t have my big tripod with me but did make do with my monopod.  I spotted some great blue herons and a cormorant but they were too far away to get any good photos.
Young Gull
We made the mistake of going to Loblaw’s at South Keys for a few groceries this afternoon.  Boy, what a zoo!  Every checkout till must have had at least half a dozen people waiting in line.  Not sure why the crush of people was there today but we were both a year older by the time we got home late this afternoon.
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2 Comments

  1. Dennis and Donna September 13, 2010 at 2:15 pm #

    You live in a beautiful area…the pictures are great!…I love wildlife!

  2. In The Wind Adventures of William and Mary Ann September 13, 2010 at 10:00 am #

    Nice photos!
    – Mary Ann :)