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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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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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!


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GRACKLE IN THE GRASS

I usually see grackles near water or in trees, so I was surprised to see this bird walking along in the grass.  I know people with bird feeders tend to dislike grackles as they will bully the other birds. I like them though and admire their keen eye and good looks (they also keep the insect population down).   


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WINTER FAVOURITE

The Pileated Woodpecker is the largest woodpecker in North America. They are non migratory; their main food source are the larvae and insects that live in the bark of trees. I love to see these striking birds in winter’s muted landscape.