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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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LATE FALL (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

We are very lucky to live in a climate where we’re treated to the changing seasons. The trees are beginning to make dazzling displays. As colourful as they are right now, I find them interesting subjects and still beautiful as they begin to fade and show the effects of time.


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FALL CROCUS (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

I was surprised to see these crocus growing in a friend’s garden. It’s a flower I thought only grew in the spring, often pushing through the melting snow. For a second there I thought we had skipped winter and gone directly into spring 😏.


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METALLIC BEE

The metallic bee goes by several names, the least attractive being sweat bee which doesn’t do it justice. This one is a female, as its able to carry pollen on its back legs, the male is not. Their season is drawing to a close so it was nice to catch sight of just one more this year.


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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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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. 😊

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MUSKRAT

Muskrat

You can see how the muskrat got its name. It has quite the tail. Like the beaver the muskrat uses its tail as a rudder and slaps it when it senses danger. They are terrific swimmers and when they dive it’s difficult to determine where they will resurface.


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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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UNDERCOVER (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Mushrooms

It’s been a very hot dry summer. After just a bit of rain, a few mushrooms are starting to appear.  I spotted these two in deep shade.  Even at ISO 1000 my depth of field was a bit narrow. This rather ordinary subject is always challenging fun.

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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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MUSKRAT

Muskrat

I haven’t returned to the reserve where this was taken at all this year. There are just too many people. In looking through my folders, I came upon this photo I took a few years ago.  We usually see a few muskrats each summer and that year was no exception.  They can be tricky subjects as their wet fur often reflects odd colours.


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PAINTED TURTLES (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

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Painted turtles always look grumpy. In doing a bit of reading, I’ve discovered that they are a species of Special Concern here in Ontario. Cars and habitat loss are their main threats. Painted turtles are also slow to mature and only lay a small clutch of eggs. If just a few die the whole turtle population can be impacted. I now see why they look so grumpy.

Painted Turtles

 

 

 


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HUMMINGBIRD MOTH (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

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A gardener friend introduced me to these insects a few years ago. She had seen a hummingbird moth at a nursery and I joined her the next time she went.  I saw one that day and most summers since.  Hovering as they go from flower to flower they do live up to their name.

Hummingbird Moth


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LADY BUG

Lady Bug

This little beetle is always on the move which makes taking their photo a bit of a sport. If you see one on a plant, wait a minute and you’ll probably see a few more. A good thing too, as it means you get more than one chance to take a photo.


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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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SILVER-SPOTTED SKIPPER

Skipper

I’m more accustomed to seeing orange skippers (the Least or European) in my area so I was pleased to see this new variety. As the summer progresses, many butterflies linger as they feed and don’t seem to be bothered by the passing photographer.


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BUTTERFLY AND BEE

Butterfly and Bee

My eye was on the tortoiseshell butterfly, I didn’t see the bee at first. This was the first and only time I’ve seen this kind of butterfly. It’s interesting to see more than one insect on a plant at once, a bit of drama at play. In the end the butterfly blinked first and moved on.


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PINK-EDGED SULPHUR

Butterfly

I saw quite a few sulphurs last year, all within the span of a few days. We were walking along some flower beds in a botanical garden hoping to see some painted lady butterflies.  The day was a bonanza of butterflies, we saw three different kinds, including the sulphur.