Lake Huron shoreline at dawn

Throwback Thursday travels back 12 years to a dawn over a section of the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

Taken from The Long Dock looking towards the flagpole at the bottom of High Street and the range light at the mouth of the Saugeen River. The flagpole and flag are visible above the horizon.

Throwback Thursday, Lake Huron shoreline at dawn.

Leucistic juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the late 1980s.

This is a leucistic juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker. Leucism is a lack of dark pigmentation. A normal Great Spotted Woodpecker is mostly black and white with red patches. The feathers that would normally be black are pale brown on this bird. The red cap shows that the bird is a juvenile.

Throwback Thursday: Great Spotted Woodpecker.


Preening immature Red Knot.

Throwback Thursday travels back to 2006 and an early morning visit to the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton for the sunrise.

I found some immature Red Knot on the shoreline and spent some time with them. After a while they were comfortable enough to feed, bath and preen while I photographed them.

A well camouflaged immature Red Knot preening on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario.

Throwback Thursday.

American White Pelicans.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Saskatchewan in the summer of 1999.

I spent most of the day in the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area. I found a flock of American White Pelicans feeding in a channel where a marsh drains into a section of the lake.

It was a hot day and I wanted to get as close to eye level with the birds as possible. That meant either lying on the bank in the sun or setting up a tripod in the water and sitting behind it in the water.

I had a Uni-Loc tripod with me so it set it up in the water. The Uni-Loc tripods are different from most tripods with the legs in effect reversed. Which means that they can be submerged in water up to the bottom of leg lock. There’s no need to strip the legs down to drain the water and dry the locking mechanisms out unless you go above the leg lock.

The birds were feeding by drifting down the channel letting the water carry them along. These three Pelicans are swimming back up the channel to start again.

Trio of Pelicans.

Lake Huron shoreline at sunrise.

Throwback Thursday travels back 12 years and a few days to the fourth outing for my Olympus E-410.

I went down to The Long Dock in Southampton, Ontario. There’s not much of the dock left and I suspect many people walk along the shoreline without realising that there was a dock there many years ago. The photo is looking north towards the flagpole at the bottom of High Street with the flag visible just above the horizon.

Lake Huron shoreline looking north from The Long Dock.