2016 August Ontario Birds

American Goldfinch eating Thistle seeds

American Goldfinch eating Thistle seeds

Just returned from a holiday visiting friends and family in southern Ontario (primarily in the Barrie and Oshawa areas). It was mid-summer and extremely hot (low 30 C’s) and humid by BC standards and not the ideal time of year for birding – the Great Lakes region is on a number of key migratory routes and affords excellent birding in the spring and fall. I hadn’t really planned on birding but took advantage of some lakeside walks to take opportunistic, handheld, shots with my Fuji XT-1 (100-400 mm lens). Results were OK, but would have been better if I’d carried a monopod or tripod and reduced the ISO. The big advantage of the Fuji is its lightness relative to a full-frame DSLR – making it ideal for long walks on hot days – a few shots can be seen by clicking the image on the left or this link.