Spending An Hour Birding at LaSalle Park

Even with limited time, spending an hour birding at LaSalle Park photographing waterfowl can be productive. This article shares some images I captured on Wednesday afternoon.

I decided to do a quick visit to LaSalle Park with the hopes of capturing some usable photographs that I could add ‘at the last minute’ to my Photographing Birds, Bugs & Butterflies presentation to the Grimsby Photography Group. It is always wonderful when Mother Nature cooperates!

NOTE: Click on images to enlarge.

Nikon 1 V3 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300mm, efov 810mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-1250

There were a few ducks and swan along the shoreline and I noticed a Wood Duck close in to shore. I managed to capture a number of images of this beautiful specimen.

Nikon 1 V3 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 195mm, efov 527mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-3200

I shot between 2:30pm and 3:30pm so the late fall sun was already low in the sky, giving me some very nice light.

Nikon 1 V3 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300mm, efov 810mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-1600

I’ve never observed a Wood Duck being aggressive with another bird, but this one did go after a much larger Mallard.

Nikon 1 V3 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 224mm, efov 605mm, f/5.6, 1/1600, ISO-450

I haven’t been out to photograph birds for a while due to my hectic schedule and I quickly discovered that I was pretty rusty. I was able to get a usable image of a duck coming in to land.

Nikon 1 V3 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 201mm, efov 543mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-1100

I also captured a decent AF-C run of a duck rising out of the water as it vigorously flapped its wings.

Nikon 1 V3 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 201mm, efov 543mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-1000

I was shooting in Manual mode with Auto-ISO 160-3200 which is why there is a slight difference in ISO between images in the same AF-C run.

Nikon 1 V3 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 264mm, efov 713mm, f/5.6, 1/1600, ISO-900

Ducks bathing can often make for some interesting images as seen in the photographs above and below.

Nikon 1 V3 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 270mm, efov 729mm, f/5.6, 1/1600, ISO-1000

Getting some nice light shining on a duck as it lands always helps to accentuate the water splash and droplets as you can see in the following image.

Nikon 1 V3 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 189mm, efov 510mm, f/5.6, 1/1600, ISO-320

I spent most of my limited time photographing the Wood Duck and some of the Mallards, but did manage an image of another visitor to LaSalle Park.

Nikon 1 V3 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300mm, efov 810mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-1000

Technical Note:
All photographs were captured hand-held in available light using Nikon 1 gear as per the EXIF data. Images used in this article were produced from RAW files using my standard process of DxO OpticsPro 11, CS6 and the Nik Collection.

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2 thoughts on “Spending An Hour Birding at LaSalle Park”

  1. Tom,
    Recently discovered your site/blog. Particularly interesting is the camera equipment that you use for many of the pictures posted.I am currently on a learning curve with my Sony A6000 but continue to improve with practice. Will purchase your ebook of Nova Scotia Photography as they bring back wonderful memories of my many travels there.
    The pictures taken at Lasalle Park were great and for a moment there I thought they were taken in Lasalle ,QC.

    1. Hi Bryant,
      Thank you for your purchase of our eBook Nova Scotia Photography Tour – my wife and I hope you enjoy it! I’m glad you enjoyed the images taken at LaSalle Park in Burlington Ontario… who knows maybe I’ll have a chance one day to do some photography at LaSalle in your wonderful province of Quebec!

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