Snow Geese and smoke.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Saskatchewan, Canada in the late 1990s.

In the autumn one of my regular locations for Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes on autumn migration was Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan. One afternoon there was large clouds of smoke to the north west. A couple of times flocks of Snow Geese would take off and fly in front of the smoke.

I never found out what caused all the smoke.

Smoke and Snow Geese.

 

Good catch.

An American White Pelican with a large fish in its pouch. One from the archives, photographed on Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan in the late 1990s.

This part of Ontario is under a heat warning at the moment which got me thinking about photography in hot weather. That made me think of a hot afternoon in Saskatchewan when I set up a tripod in a channel where a marsh drains into a section of Last Mountain Lake. I sat in the water behind the camera. There was a group of American White Pelicans fishing in the channel. They would swim in the direction of the water flow before flying back to the start of the channel and repeating the fishing expedition.

This breeding adult looks a bit grumpy despite the size of the fish it has caught.

American White Pelican with fish.

Surrounded by bubbles.

The Daily Post one word prompt is Bubble.

An American White Pelican surrounded by bubbles. The Pelican is one of  a group fishing in a channel where a marsh drains into a section of Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan. There is a sluice gate to regulate the water level in the marsh which is causing the bubbles in the water.

The horn on the Pelicans bill shows it is a breeding adult.

Breeding adult American White Pelican

An unlikely afternoon.

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge is Unlikely.

A hot summer afternoon at Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan. There’s a couple of dozen American White Pelicans feeding on a channel where a marsh drains into a section of the lake. I set up a tripod in the water at the edge of the channel and I sit in the water behind the camera. After a while the Pelicans are used to me being there and are ignoring me.

I kept hearing a splash to my right but was concentrating on the Pelicans so didn’t pay attention to it. Eventually something caught my eye and I turn my head to find a Red-necked Grebe on the water next to me. The splashing I had been hearing was the bird diving under the water. The angle of the light wasn’t the best and the fact that I was sitting in the water behind the camera meant it was difficult to swing the camera around but I had to get some shots.

Red-necked Grebe watching the photographer

Red-necked Grebe on Last Mountain Lake.

Last Mountain Lake.

The new Weekly Photo Challenge is Favorite Place.

I was considering a few locations until I thought of Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan.

I was never sure why it’s called Last Mountain Lake as it’s on the Canadian prairies with no mountains anywhere close by. It’s also known as Long Lake. The photos were all taken around the north end of the lake which is shallow with wetlands. It’s the location of the Last Mountain Lake Bird Sanctuary, the first federal bird sanctuary in North America.

An American White Pelican in the summer.

American White Pelican, Saskatchewan, Canada

A section of the lake at sunset in the autumn.

Last Mountain Lake at sunset, Saskatchewan, Canada

A flock of Snow Geese on autumn migration.

Snow Geese on autumn migration, Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada

A frozen section of Last Mountain Lake in winter.

Last Mountain Lake at sunset, Saskatchewan, Canada