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STOPS ALONG THE WAY


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DOWNY WOODPECKER

Downy Woodpeckers are the smallest of the woodpeckers and quite numerous. We enjoy them year round. They don’t cache food but survive the winter by excavating the trees for overwintering insects. They are also a frequent visitor to bird feeders.


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BROWN CREEPER (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

This was a first for me and the only time I’ve ever seen a brown creeper, so it was pretty exciting. Their numbers are declining in the eastern part of North America, due to habitat loss, so I was particularly happy to see one. It’s called a brown creeper but I thought it looked more like it was hugging the tree as it foraged for insects.


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CANADA GEESE (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Canada Geese may have their detractors but on a lake in the fall they are among my favourite subjects. They’ve had their young and territory is no longer an issue so scenes like this are common. Ottawa is a city that includes a lot of rural land, so you don’t have to go too far to see them flying in their wonderful V formations (or echelons) as they head south.


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FEMALE WOOD DUCK

I took this in late October 2019. Except for a quick drive to the lake this summer, I haven’t returned. I did see wood ducks on that visit though. Despite the year we’ve had the birds arrived as usual and will migrate back in the spring. This constant is encouraging. With some luck the coming year will have us all headed in the right direction.


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CHICKADEE

I usually see chickadees out in the open flitting from branch to branch. I caught this bird in a quiet moment well off the path in challenging light. I liked the photo but hesitated before posting it because of the flare at the bottom of the image. Still worth featuring though.

On another note, a few of you let me know that you were unable to see the image that accompanied my last post. Mike Bizeau of naturehasnoboss.com had the same problem and suggested I set my image as a featured image. Like Mike, this has altered the appearance of my website (a change I don’t like) but until this glitch has been fixed I will continue to post in this way and hope you will all see my images.

 


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SOUTHWARD BOUND

I saw this white-throated sparrow last October. Although many remain in North America during the winter, given our cold climate, I believe this one was just passing through on its way south. There was plenty for it to eat on this warm fall day.


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GREEN HERON

I watched as the green heron carefully scanned the water looking for a passing fish. It watched, it patrolled, and waited some more. All the herons I’ve photographed are the most patient of fishermen, more patient than this photographer. I took some photos and left the bird as I continued my walk.


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PILEATED WOODPECKER (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

I usually see pileated woodpeckers high up in the trees, rarely on the ground. As we were walking along we came across this bird excavating the bark of a fallen tree. It must have been full of insects because he continued on long after we had taken our fill of photographs and moved on.


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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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CARDINALS CHILLING (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Cardinals

Different male cardinals, photographed on the same day.  Both birds are moulting although the first bird looks somewhat rougher than the second.  I took these photos last year about this time. The breeding season is now past, food is plentiful and even the birds get to chill for a bit. 😊

Cardinals-2


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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.

F Mallards_


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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.

Canada Geese-2


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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.

Black-capped Chickadee 2


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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)

Ringbilled duck 1

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.