Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Rushing Wind Fishing Resort 2015

 As most of you may know from a previous post, I went to Rushing Wind Fishing Resort for a fly-in fishing trip. Rushing Wind is located on Populous Lake near Kenora. Anyway, we got up at 5:30am on Friday, May the 22nd, and started the 3+ hour drive to Nestor Falls. On the way was the first highlight that got me going: a Sandhill Crane, in a ditch near some marshy wooded field, next to a lake. Over the trip I saw many different species of birds. On the lake in the evening, the loons would call, and the hermit and swainson's thrushes would sing. It was haunting and beautiful. We fished almost all day, everyday, except for a few work projects that involved portaging and hiking (of course fishing and birding in there as well.) Anyway here are a few of the best pictures.

Fun Fact: Over the trip I took a total of 753 photos! Don't worry, I still fished... a lot! :-)

Sorry that I missed so many FoFs and W.W.B.W.s.

Sunrise Monday Morning
Common Raven

The plane we flew on.

Least Flycatcher

Chestnut-Sided Warbler

Eastern Wood-Pewee

An interesting bird that flew by and dropped off some pontoons!

Puffed up Loon

Common Loon

Red-Eye

Turkey Vulture

First Bald Eagle

Flying together

A group of lazy vultures.

Waiting for food to come. (They have a rock on which they place fish that are too small to fillet, the cultures and eagles wait for the scraps. After every meal, right on time, the sky slowly fills up)
The multiple terns at 'tern rock'

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Bald Eagle

Alder Flycatcher

Caspian Tern

Bald Eagle

As I said, the sky fills up with turkey vultures.

Common Loon

I love loons, they are a highlight of the trip.

Common Mergansers

Common Loon

Common Loon

Checking for Fish

What an amazing wingspan!

Red-Winged Blackbird

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Having a drink.

Western Painted Turtle (Someone caught a Snapping Turtle off the dock where we moor the boats.)

Gray Jay

Eye out for fish, I watched and eventually he/she dived and caught a Pike!

The scrap rock.

Incoming!

Eating the scraps. (The Eagle kicked out the other vultures, there was about nine before. Only the brave get to stay.)

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Blurry photo of Caspian and Common Terns. (It is blurry for the lack of light makes the shutter take longer to close as it needs enough light, resulting in a blurry photo.)

What massive wings!

Sitting high.

Red-Breasted Nuthatch

Blue Jay

American Robin

The Male and Female

Chipmunk at the old mine.

The old Gold mine nearby.

The abandoned shafts.


Picturesque lake


Herring Gull

Loon pair

Beautiful scenery

Beautiful sunset over the glassy lake

Silhouette of trees at sunset

Flying low

View from the plane on the way back, water and trees.

Another highlight of the trip was this yellow-billed loon, it is the only clear picture I have. The others had the darkness effect as in the tern picture, and he flew away before I could steady the camera. You can see him preparing to take off.

Me co-piloting the aircraft to the lake.