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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GROUNDHOG

GroundhogA bit late for a Groundhog Day post and too early to spot one out of its den. Groundhogs hibernate until March or April in our climate. No friend to farmers or gardeners as their burrowing can do serious damage and they like to feed off crops. They are cute rodents though and are funny when they freeze in plain sight as this one did.


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CHICKADEE (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Chickadee

This photo was taken a few years ago in Spring. The trees are not in bud yet. They’re still covered in snow but we’ve turned the corner on winter; the sun’s a little warmer and the temperatures not quite as cold. As I’ve mentioned before, chickadees remain here year round and they too must be anticipating the warmer days to come.

Chickadee-2


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BALE OF TURTLES (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Painted TurtleThere are several kinds of turtles in our waterways. These photos feature two of them – the painted turtle and the Blanding’s turtle, which has a domed shaped shell and bright yellow throat. It’s on the threatened species list so it’s pretty exciting when we see one.

Blanding's Turtle

 


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MALLARD IN FALL

Mallard in Fall

I liked the pattern in the water, so I centred the mallard. I broke the rule of thirds but I feel the photograph wouldn’t have been as good if I hadn’t.
At this point in the year (late fall), the trees are bare and on a cloudy day, the water takes on this sombre cast, relieved somewhat by the mallard and the ripples created as he moves through the water.