I had a couple of ideas for the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Connect.
I went with the following idea because there’s two types of connection involved.
The first is a channel connecting a marsh to a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan, Canada.
The second is the connection between the birds and the photographer. It was a hot summer afternoon and my options were to lie in the hot sun on the edge of the channel or sit in the water with the birds. After I had been sitting in the water for a while the birds got used to me being there and pretty much ignored me. That’s the sort of connection you want, the birds behaving naturally as if you weren’t there.
The reason for me sitting in the water, a flock of American White Pelicans fishing in a channel where a marsh drains into a section of the lake.
I noticed that I was also sharing the channel with a Red-necked Grebe.
After a while the Pelicans would swim out of the current in the channel and paddle past me back to the start.
The Grebe also got used to my presence in the water and would surface anywhere around me after a dive.