Very kind of you Larry, thank you very much. They use these to dive and catch crayfish from the bottoms of the ponds, etc. I watched a couple surface with them in their bills (much too far to get good shots). They can grip them very securely in these bills and they shake them violently - not sure if it's to knock off the fore claws on the crayfish before swallowing them.
I've been watching the forecast Terry and feel for you; so far we've been very fortunate in south west Ontario. In the Toronto area, mid November, and we still haven't had a severe frost yet. But you know its going to turn real soon! And thank you for your kind words.
fantastic images Richard! and perfect timing, i just returned from a weekend get away to some photography but, it rained all weekend, today on my drive back home i passed by a pond on the side of the highway that had a group of these guys swimming around, first time i ever seen them but all i could manage was one pic from far away, your wonderful images just ID'd for me what it was i saw, wish i could of got closer but they spooked
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment. When these guys first show up on their return migration south, they are usually quite shy and take flight before you can get too close. Since they are in parks that are frequented by "humans" on a regular basis, they do seem to get used to our presence. I do find I still have to sit/lay low to the ground and wait for them to get closer after a short wait and not make any fast movements. Good luck, hope you're successful before they head out of your area.