Some of you may wonder what I am talking about, others will no doubt understand perfectly if you know a birder who is also a photographer and especially if you are a birder who brings a camera to work, so to speak. Now I have often heard people tell me that I should make sure that my camera battery is fully charged before I go on a field trip. What they could not imagine they needed to tell me was that it would also be a good idea to make sure that if your battery is fully charged, it should be in the camera before you leave the house.
Imagine my disappointment last Sunday when I arrived at Stanley Park, only to discover that my viewfinder was unusually dark… which could only mean that… that… I had forgotten to place the fully charged battery in question into my camera, which suddenly became an expensive but rather useless paperweight in my bag! In the end, though, this thoughtless oversight did not matter so much for me because the bird population at Lost Lagoon (especially ducks) was unusually quiet. In fact, we did not see a single Wood Duck or Lesser Scaup, only Mallards, Canada Geese and a few American Widgeons. Well, we did also see a female Ruddy Duck, who almost managed to make us believe she was a Mallard, and several moulting Northern Shovelers. But we did see and hear several locally rare passerines in the bushes around the pond, including a White-throated Sparrow, which I had never seen on this side of the continent.
Had I actually brought my camera battery, here are some of the photos that I might have taken on that day (all of these pictures were taken in Stanley Park, but some were not taken at Lost Lagoon):