BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

STOPS ALONG THE WAY


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GREAT EGRET

 

EgretIt’s unusual to see an egret perched on a beaver lodge, normally we see them wading in the water or fishing. The bird stood there for quite a while and I managed to get him in several poses, the first of which is shown here. Most summers we see several egrets and herons in this one location, not last year. The lake was very high which must have made for challenging conditions. They likely found some easier spots to fish.


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CEDAR WAXWING

Waxwing 2

Another sign of spring is the return of cedar waxwings. We usually see them in a group or ear-full (as they’re known collectively) but I only saw this one bird. It was nice to get him out in the open before the leaves were out.


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RING-BILLED GULL

GULLThe Ring-billed gull is the most common gull in North America and like many birds migrates south in the winter. I took this photograph in November. It was nice to see the bird in a natural setting as they often congregate in city parking lots. It perched on the log for quite a while where I could appreciate its good looks, something I had never really noticed before.


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IT’S ALL RELATIVE (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Vole

This cute little rodent is a relative of the mouse and is commonly called a vole or field mouse. It’s the only one I’ve ever seen and I was able to take a number of photographs as he was unaware of or unconcerned by my presence.  He might have been a young animal that had not yet developed a sense of fear. I watched him for a while and then left him to his ramble.

Vole 2


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EASTERN COTTONTAIL

Cottontails are known to come out at twilight or once it’s dark when it’s safer for them to feed, although I spot them during the day from time to time. Cottontails are solitary and territorial and I’ve never seen more than one at any one time. I  approached this rabbit slowly. He was curious but didn’t seem wary of me. I took a quick photo and left him to the spring grass.


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EASTERN GREY SQUIRREL

Before the snow arrived in mid-December there were still pine cones and seeds for the taking. Between storing food for the winter ahead, this eastern grey squirrel stopped for a bite. The trees were bare and provided little colour to warm the scene. I liked the way the black and white treatment brought out the detail and texture.