Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Monarch Butterfly Migration at Point Pelee National Park

I stumbled across good numbers of roosting Monarch Butterflies yesterday morning at the tip of Point Pelee National Park while leading a private photo workshop. There were easily a thousand monarchs, including some groups nearing 100 individuals. It was a sunny morning, the monarchs were low.... what more could we ask for!

Photo 1: Canon EOS 1Ds mark III; 17-40mm lens; Singh-Ray LB warming polarizer; Exposure: ISO 400, 1/80s, f/14

Photo 2: Canon EOS 1Ds mark III; 17-40mm lens; Singh-Ray LB warming polarizer; 580 EXII flash (fill set at -2/3); Exposure: ISO 400, 1/125s, f/11

Photo 1: Canon EOS 1Ds mark III; 70-200/2.8 lens; Singh-Ray LB warming polarizer; Exposure: ISO 400, 1/60s, f/8


  1. Carolyn3:55 PM

    Amazing. Nice to see the weather cooperating with the event. We've always meant to get to Pelee to see that, but just haven't been able to schedule the time at the right time. Thanks for keeping this a place to check out cool nature things vicariously. :)

  2. That was a great day Ethan, glad we got out for the private workshop.
    It was money well spent and your knowledge base was amazing!

    Dan Bellyk

  3. Very nice indeed. I was at Pelee on Oct. 3rd for the OFO convention, but the wind was a-blowing much too hard. There were a few monarchs huddling in one bush on the east beach, and that's the best I could find! You really lucked out. I'll have to try and take one of your workshops sometime.

  4. Nancy, did you go to the OFO dinner? I was there.... the presentation by Great Gray Owl expert Jim Duncan was fantastic.

  5. These are at treat to see here! Wonderful captures and yes, I'm envious! Glad you could seize the opportunity.

  6. Un mundo maravilloso !!!!

    Fotos bellĂ­simas.

    Saludo desde Argentina,Liliana

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