A Drive to Lockport

This morning after breakfast, I decided to take a drive north to Lockport.

According to Wikipedia, “Lockport is a small unincorporated community in Manitoba, Canada located just 28 km north of the city of Winnipeg.”

A few years ago I managed to drive there when there were dozens of beautiful Pelicans around and I hope to be able to repeat that again this year.  The problem is finding the right day.  This year I plan on heading up there a few times in the hopes I can do that.

If I go too early, I’ve beat them and if I go too late, I’ve missed them as they continue to the lakes further north.  Sometimes a few pairs will stay, since the fishing is good there, but it is not like having dozens swimming and fishing in front of you.

I knew it was too early for the pelicans, but thought I’d see if there was any open water and maybe get some Canada Geese or Sea Gull pictures.

I always make a circle out of the drive, either going north on Henderson Highway, over to River Road at Lockport and back south again on Main Street, or the other way around.  Today I headed north on Main Street and stopped a few spots on River Road for pictures.

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Found some Canada Geese

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There was open water along the south part of the Red  River, but as I got closer to Lockport, the open water was disappearing.  At the stop for my last river picture, I noticed a large bird flying up and away and realized it was a beautiful Bald Eagle!

Luckily for me, he landed not far from there and I was able to get some (unfocused) pictures to show you.  I was so disappointed to find out they weren’t focused when I got home and put my glasses on.  I had to zoom a lot to get these.

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At least you can still see the beauty in this gorgeous bird.

When I got to Lockport, I drove over to view the water coming through the dam, as this is the area that is often very busy with birds.  There were plenty of Geese just on the island south of the dam, but only 1 Gull flew past while I was at the dam.  I missed the Gull, so just took a picture of the dam.

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After that, I went over the bridge and headed back along Henderson Highway and back home.

Yesterday afternoon I looked out the window and saw 2 White-tail Deer on the open area again.  I missed watching them all winter and was thrilled to see them back.  I hope Doe #3 was around also and maybe just out of sight.  As it was #2 Doe was behind some bushes, but at least I saw her.  Here is the one who posed beautifully for me.  🙂

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It is taking a long time to warm up this Spring.  Temperatures are below normal, but they keep telling us that it will soon be warming up.  Of course, -1C is much better than -30C, but I would rather have the +12C that we should be having.    Around here, it could be worse though!  After all – this is Winterpeg!  🙂

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