Showing posts from September, 2012

Winter Diving Duck

Pulled these two from my photo grab bag.  They're from a winter shoot.  You can see some bits of ice floating in the water.

Bird Whispering

What are the odds that anyone would consider themselves a bird whisperer?  Perhaps deep down we all secretly aspire to be one.   It is certainly plausible... right?  Wishful thinking?  I'll let you decide.

In spite of the bird warning decals on all our windows, we still get bird brains flying into our dirty windows, imprints plus feathers serve as evidence.  This is where I come in. If they haven't broken their necks, there is a chance they'll recover.

I pick them up and provide a little TLC until they recover.  S/he spent a good hour with me.  S/he seemed to be quite comfortable on its human perch.  S/he eventually flew to a nearby tree.   It is always a gratifying experience when you can lend a helping hand.

ยต Photos are courtesy of my better half... Linda.  Thank you sweety!

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Crop Circle Party

These party animals were discovered after creating another crop circle.  Who would have thunk these funky looking things are aliens! :)

Mo Moo Moments

Like most creatures, they have character, charm and at times attitude.

I hope you felt moo'ved by these images. :)

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In the Big Drink

Here are some dive photos I've taken in tropical locations.

When diving around a shipwreck, you'll  typically experience higher current speeds. 

Linking to: Our World Tuesday: Week 58

Barn Support

Many of these old barns were either built directly on the ground or a-top a foundation of sorts.  Depending on year, location, availability of resources etc. it could be as simple as having stones to complex underpinning work.  I suspect they are trying to preserve this barn by squaring it as best they can and building  a stone foundation.

This barn has had a mix of restorative work done to it.

Linking to: Barn Charm - Celebrating its 2nd. Anniversery

Bird Observatory in Action

Yesterday I spent a couple of hours with some of the folks at the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory (PEPtBO).  They were actively collecting birds from the nets to record vital statistics in their bird banding efforts.  These activities serve as their primary objective in monitoring bird migration during the Spring and Fall months and is also part of a nation-wide collaborative program of Bird Studies Canada called the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network.

I was quite impressed by this dedicated group of volunteers and the work they do.   I captured images of some birds I recognized and many I didn't (life-long learning).  I hope you enjoy the photos and consider supporting the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory, a non-profit organization.

There are a number of ways you can support the important work they do.  Click on How You Can Help to discover just how you can make a valued contribution.

If you wish to contact someone at PEPtBO, please call: Kathy Felkar @ 613-476-9757

Bye Bye Summer

Migration is a wonderful time of the year.  Cooler and comfortable temperature is a welcomed relief from our hot and dry summer.  Folks will be tending to new sets of chores, perhaps some projects and of course time to see bird species heading south to warmer winter grounds as the temps cool down.

Where we live we're on important migratory route. Many of the birds hug the shoreline of Lake Ontario and cross over at its narrowest point.

We're seeing a lot of movement these past few weeks. The sound of Canadian Geese flying over our area occurs daily, and at times several times a day.  Did you know geese fly at night?

Linking to: Weekly Top Shot and Camera Critters

Enjoy your weekend, folks.

Nature's Candid Camera

Since moving to the County (1 year ago this Sept 30) we've done a number of projects on our 12 acre property. One of the bigger projects was to carve some trails through our wooded mini nature preserve. Our goal was simple, build and improve upon what is already here so that birds and local wild life will consider our property a safe zone.

Feeders are up (suet, peanuts, black oil sunflower seeds, safflower, Finch feed, a few bird houses (intend on adding many more) bird baths (one heated for winter), one bat box, salt licks, deer apples, barley & molasses with corn mixed in for the deer and a few freeloaders (raccoon and rabbit).

We also have white-tailed deer and coyote and a wolf/coyote hybrid.

We currently have one trail cam, but we hope to add one or two more units. We also would like to construct an elevated observation platform this autumn or sometime next spring.  This will  provide unobstructed views of the marsh on our property.

Here are some images taken with our…

The Chickadee and the Nuthatch

What I love about these two birds is their ability to endear themselves to us.  Yes, they are common birds, but if you have them coming to your feeders regularly, you'll also discover their personalities.    Just spend time outdoors near your feeder(s) and let them get use to your presence.

Hairy Female

Hairy Woodpeckers are similar to their smaller relatives the Downy Woodpecker.   Both are regular visitors to our feeders.

I'm hoping that a Pileated Woodpecker will show-up some day.  I have yet to see one.

The King and I

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Barn Mania

Linking to: Barn Charm