Niagara Falls is one of the top tourist destinations in North America with magnificent waterfalls on both the American and Canadian sides. Tourists also typically visit many of the attractions like Bird Kingdom, Ripley’s and a host of other locations. One of the most overlooked areas is Dufferin Islands which are only a 10 minute walk from the falls on the Canadian side.
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Dufferin Islands is composed of a number of very small islands linked by bridges and pathways. Landscape photographers will find some interesting scenes to capture as they enjoy a leisurely stroll along the various pathways.
Fall is a particularly good season to visit as the trees are in colour, often casting colourful reflections on the water.
As you stroll along the pathways you’ll come across a number of small ponds. Often, early in the morning in the late summer and fall you can find egrets and great blue heron feeding in these shallow water areas.
As is often the case in tourist areas many of the birds are quite tolerant of people, especially if they are being fed.
While these feeding frenzies don’t make for very attractive images the fact that the birds are used to being around people does allow for some nice, solitary image captures if one is patient.
While it is quite easy to get close to the Mallard ducks other migratory species are much more skittish and require a degree of stealth when approaching them.
With a bit of luck, and a lot of patience, it is possible to capture some action-type bird images of them landing, taking off, and flying past.
I would certainly encourage readers who are planning to visit the Niagara Falls Canada area to set aside some time to visit Dufferin Islands.
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