BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

STOPS ALONG THE WAY


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OSPREYS, LATE SUMMER

Volunteers had built two nesting platforms by a local marsh and we’ve been lucky to see osprey there most summers. I’m glad we passed by when we did because on our second visit in early September the nest was empty. The birds had probably begun their migration south.

 


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RING-BILLED GULL

Ring-billed gulls don’t overwinter here, and will head towards the Great Lakes or the Southern United States when the cold sets in. They are very common during the warmer months and when seen outside the city, in a natural setting, are quite attractive birds.


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OFF A COUNTRY ROAD

Friends introduced us to this spot a number of years ago and we’ve been returning ever since. We’ve seen egret and osprey here (we saw both this visit) but I’d come back just for the view.  I’ve never seen beaver though; there’s no fresh wood on the lodge so I think it’s probably been abandoned.


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AMERICAN BLACK DUCK (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

The American Black Duck is very similar in appearance to the female mallard, although its feathers are darker and its bill is an olive yellow. Not as common here as the mallard but still well represented.


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SLIGHT SHIFT

 

I went for a walk in our neighbourhood today, a familiar route but one I hadn’t taken in the past few weeks. I noticed that the variety of flowers in the gardens had dwindled and what remained was looking tired. The weather is still hot and summer is still with us but the feeling of a long lazy summer stretching out before us is no longer there.


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THE QUEEN’S BEETLE

 I noticed a nice grouping of Queen Anne’s Lace that I wanted to photograph. When I got a little closer I noticed a Common Red Soldier Beetle walking along its surface. They are partial to open-structured flowers.


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CROSSING THE FINISH LINE (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

The vein in the leaf made the title of this post easy. I’m not a fan of yellow jacket wasps and usually head in the opposite direction when they’re flying close by. In this case it was a cool morning and the insect seemed lethargic, so I took these photos with little worry.


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GREAT EGRET (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

 

There’s a wetland not far from town that we drive to a few times over the summer.  When we pulled over we saw a solitary Egret fishing.  I wasn’t using my longest lens but the 300mm did a fair job. After a few minutes,  I looked away and when I looked back the bird was in the air. Look at those legs, pulled together like a diver in flight!