Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
This merganser is in full display. I was able to get this close since I was in a hunters blind. I was actually 15 feet away from this bird when it was displaying. The interesting thing about it was the noise it was making. A drumming sound almost a series of clicks. You can see its throat swollen.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
I was out yesterday at the infamous Strongville Rd and found a number of snowies but I had a new visitor. This Raven flew in for a visit. I would like to think that this was a white necked raven but they dont visit this far north. I think the wind simply blew its feathers up for an instant.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
A flock of 20 hooded mergansers came up the river and this shot was taken from my kitchen window, through glass. I am particularly pleased with the reflections in the water. The bird in the forground dove just as I took the photo.
A local goose nest had flooded in the spring and the eggs were afloat. I collected 5 eggs and put them on a heating pad, 3 hatched and two survived. The midland rehab center raised these birds to adults. Some may ask why since they are considered a nuisance. My answer to them is that everything has a right to live and how do you deny such beauty.
This was a large flock of lapwings with at least 4 other species of birds mixed in. Can you spot the two rabbits in this photo? Please click on the photo to enlarge it. This was my favourite bird growing up in the UK as a boy. I used to watch them fly over the fields arobatically.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
These swans visit us at our home on the Green River in Washago every spring for the past 5 years. The numbers are most definately increasing with families as large as 7 cygnets reaching maturity. A tribute to Harry Lumsden, thank you from all of us that enjoy their presence.
This Barred Owl was deep in the woods not far from home. I had to go back home to get my camera a Cannon AE1 at the time with a macro lense that I had never used before. The bird was still there after an hour or so. We all get lucky some times
Saturday, January 3, 2009
This family of 15 Common Mergansers was the first photo taken with my new Fujifilm S100fs camera. Note how the wind has blown the crest up on the adult bird. She stopped suddenly when she saw me and the young were quick to gather up to her.
This loon nests annually on the Green River. This year it had two young however one was not as strong and I belive it perished before migrating. I have caught them feeding the young several times and will be publishing photos of them feeding next spring.
This hawk hit the side of my house after a misdirected strike. Since the bird was stunned I took advantage of the few minutes I had to take some photos. Once the bird recovered, it swooped at me before taking off to a nearby tree. Luckily I had my camera on the right setting to capture this head shot.
Hawk Owl taken on the Monk Road Southeast of Rama Casino about half way between Highway 169 and the Rama Road.
Photo taken with a Fujufilm S100sf
Taken on January 3 2009 on a bright sunny day, temp approx. -10 cel.