BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

STOPS ALONG THE WAY


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SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

woodduck

This young wood duck took her time before she glided back into the water.  Most of the ducks remain together in groups, so it’s always nice to find one on it’s own enjoying a quiet moment.  This lake has many fallen trees that provide comfortable perches for passing ducks and turtles along with great photo opportunities.

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NORTHERN CARDINAL

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Although I took this photo in October the background suggests summer. The bird appears to be molting, another hint that the season was moving along. No matter the time of year, or less than perfect plumage, cardinals are always a delight.


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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.


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SOLO GOOSE (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Shortly after this photo was taken late last March, the snow melted and spring returned. Canada Geese migrate south in winter and this goose had returned a little too early to find much to eat. Kind folk always bridge the gap and soon he was joined by returning mates.


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DOWNY WOODPECKER

I heard her before I saw this downy woodpecker. She was drilling away for insects as I was walking by. As is often the case, you will hear a bird before you see it. Unlike her male counterpart which has a small red cap, the female downy does not but other than that they look pretty much alike.


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MORE DUCKS (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

These photos were taken in October at different locations. The first by the river’s edge with low lying vegetation, the second photo of the mallard and his American black duck friend in a forest setting. In the first there is no mistaking the subject, in the second I believe the ducks share the stage with the brilliant fall reflections.