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STOPS ALONG THE WAY


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MALE YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER

Although quite common, I’ve only seen a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker once, a few years ago. They are fairly small and beautifully patterned woodpeckers. We heard the bird hammering away at a tree and followed the sound. It was busy feeding and wasn’t at all bothered by our presence.


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MOURNING DOVE

Mourning Dove

It was nice to catch the mourning dove tilting its head.  I thought it made for a more interesting photo. I learned that they exist in large numbers and are prolific breeders which is a good thing, as they’re heavily hunted in North America.  Their name is derived from their rather plaintive call.


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RAILWAY OSPREYS (THREE PHOTOGRAPHS)

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There are quite a few abandoned railway bridges in the countryside. With the closure of many Mills, railroads were no longer needed to move goods.  Some of the bridges have been reclaimed by Ospreys who build their nests and raise their young on them. When we noticed the nest on the first bridge, we stopped the car and waited to see what would happen.  We didn’t have to wait long as an adult flew in to feed the young bird.

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Railway

 


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OWL AND THE CHICKADEE

Owl and the Chickadee

The woods were quiet, no squirrels about. This usually means there’s an owl or hawk nearby. Sure enough we saw this Screech Owl comfortably perched in the cavity of a tree. What did surprise me was the agitated chickadee flying close to the dozing owl. Brave or reckless, I couldn’t decide.


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GEESE, LOST AND FOUND (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

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I found this image on a memory card that was in a camera I hadn’t picked up in months. It was like finding something you had forgotten about in a coat pocket.  The cooler days aren’t here yet but scenes like these are fast approaching.

Geese


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FEMALE MALLARD (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

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I took these photos from a floating bridge.  I was using a long lens, the duck was close by and I couldn’t put much distance between me and the duck.  I would have liked more but you can’t really go wrong with a subject like this.

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CANADA GOOSE (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Canada Geese

Canada Geese can be elegant in the water and a different bird on land where you have to approach them with care.  They can be territorial during breeding season, with their young and after they’ve been feeding, you have to watch your step.  On the water they can be quite different, languid and graceful.

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BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Black-capped Chickadee

The chickadee, about to tuck into his snack, was at quite a distance from me but still in range. It’s nice to photograph birds and other animals when they’re engaged in some activity,  or as in this case, about to be.

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ANOTHER FEMALE WOOD DUCK (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Wood Duck

Wood Ducks arrive every spring like clockwork and last year was no exception.  The reserve we go to has a good number of these ducks and the lake has many coves to catch a quiet moment 😊.

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RING-NECKED DUCKS (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

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These ducks arrive in late October and never swim close to shore. They bob around in the middle of the lake, just a bit too far out. Yet I thought the scene was still worth taking as it captured the mood of a late fall day.

Ringbilled duck


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HOUSE FINCH

House Finch

House Finches are native to western North America but were introduced in the east.  Their colour, particularly the red plumage of the male varies according to diet. They’re attractive little birds, although quite common I rarely seem them.


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UNDERSTATED (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Canada Goose

The Canada Goose might not be Canada’s favourite export. They’re noisy, messy birds, and can be aggressive to both people and other geese when they feel threatened. However, they are quite elegant when you catch them in a pose like this.

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LOOKOUT

Heron

 

 

The heron was across the lake from me, having a look around. It remained in place for longer than I did. These birds can remain motionless for long periods of time particularly when stalking their prey. They are singleminded and ignore everything else around them.


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CENTRE OF ATTENTION

Egret and geese

The egret was the bright spot on the water and stood out among the canada geese.  We see the occasional egret, heron or cormorant along with huge numbers of geese in this body of water but they’re always at a fair distance. Scenes like this stretch the limits of my lens but make for a pleasant perspective.


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WOOD DUCKS

Wood Ducks

I took this photograph last May.  The wood ducks had arrived a few weeks earlier and were sporting their fine breeding colours.  I imagine they are back at the lake this year. I do hope we get to enjoy them again at one point this summer.


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DUCK OUT OF WATER (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Wood duck

I took a break from aiming at warblers high in the pine trees when I saw the wood duck. I don’t often see these birds on land and thought the background made for an interesting photo. (I don’t think anyone with me noticed the wood duck, as they had their eyes trained on the quick darting warblers.)

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NORTHERN CARDINALS (THREE PHOTOGRAPHS)

CardinalsA bit of cheer brought to you by this handsome pair. This bridge is a nice place to stop and look around to see where the locals are. Cardinals are usually pretty skittish but these two weren’t. Lucky for me.

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DAPPER DUCK

Mallard on rock

If you follow my blog you’ll know that I’m pretty partial to mallards. I never get tired of photographing them. Unlike their more flashy cousins, many are here year round, always ready for a close up or group photo. Good looking ducks full of personality.


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GREAT BLUE HERONS (THREE PHOTOGRAPHS)

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The Great Blue Heron in the first photo was taken at our local reserve. I saw the second bird at a city park close to the river. The heron at the reserve was looking for lunch, while the second heron had already found his; the unlucky frog in his beak.

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GBH


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CHICKADEE ON SUMAC

ChickadeeA chickadee from last spring. Usually at this point, I’m at the reserve looking out for early spring migrants. This year, it’s different for everyone. So for the time being I’ll be posting photos I took earlier last year.


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HOODED MERGANSER

MerganserWe don’t see many hooded mergansers. When we do, they’re usually too far away to get a decent photo. This female was closer to shore than usual, she was on her own, no other ducks in sight. When she saw me, she swam away but I did manage to get this parting shot.


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OFF COURSE

DownyFar from any green space, we stopped to photograph this downy woodpecker on a busy street. The management of the office tower had just planted trees outside and the bird decided to investigate. Office workers rushed by and no one else seemed to notice the downy at work.