We did our part to save the Monarch Butterfly and planted milkweed - did you? Copyright Barb D'Arpino
Wake me up when it's spring.....
Snow, sleet and cold today. How many days until spring?? Too soon to weather whine?? Get used to it - I'm an expert. Copyright Barb D'Arpino
Wilson's Snipe waking up as the sun was rising. Copyright Barb D'Arpino
Inglis Falls (of )
Inglis Falls in Autumn. Copyright Barb D'Arpino
Flight of the Red-Tailed Hawk
:) Copyright Barb D'Arpino
Pleasantly Plump Pouches
Sweet Eleanor the chipmunk doing what she does best :) In past years, I haven't taken many photos of chipmunks wondering if I would be taken seriously as a wildlife photographer. I've decided I really don't care. Chipmunk images have been my money makers and my most widely published photos in this competitive market ;) Published Photography Week Magazine Xposure Gallery :) Have a lovely Sunday.
A happy wife means a happy life ;)
All we need is a big stick (sorry couldn't resist)! Here is the second in the series of the heron couple while they were busy building their nest. She was a happy wife with all of his labours of love/lust and I think he was quite proud of himself. He would fly down to the tree line, break off a branch and then fly back up to the top of the palm tree where they would both work on adding it to the existing sticks. I think the fluffed out chest feathers and crown show her appreciation on this image. I still have some more to post - including the hug when he was finished for the day :)) Although they don't mate for life, they form a strong bond and stay together until their young have fledged. The display above is part of their mating ritual, it was a privilege to watch and photograph this intimate behaviour.
The hug ;)
It was the most adorable thing to watch the female hug the male when he had finished collecting sticks and helping arrange them on their nest for the day. This was the last stick of the day and somehow she must have known it. Hard work, cooperation, communication and gratitude. No one can tell me that birds don't have feelings. He looked so pleased to be appreciated. It was such a special moment to witness and photograph. Happy Monday ;)
Morning has broken..
Misty sunrise over Lake of Two Rivers at Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada. It turned out to be a beautiful autumn day.
Grinning from Eye to Eye
Published in Nature's Best Photography Magazine Spring/Summer Issue 2012. Damselfly resting on purple flowering bush. Thank you for the overwhelming response to Eleanor the chipmunk yesterday - it will take me some time to catch up with all of the comments and faves. Have a wonderful weekend ;)
Snowy Egret preening. Just returned from Florida - lot's of catching up to do :))
I used to be Snow White, but I drifted ~Mae West~
The exquisite Snowy Egret is one of North America's most familiar herons, having staged a rapid comeback after protective legislation was enacted in the early 1900s (it was nearly hunted to extinction). Found throughout the Western Hemisphere, these wading birds are delicately built, with snowy white feathers, black legs, and bright yellow feet, which they use to actively stir up prey in the shallow waters of ponds and marshes. Keeping themselves so sparkling white must take a lot of work!! This pretty subject had just finished preening, when it posed for a second before it was off to forage for the day at Merritt :)
Eastern Screech Owl
Meet Echo. The tree where Echo was born was cut down and she was the only owlet to survive. She was saved and raised and has now imprinted with humans which means she can never live in the wild again. She now lives at the Mountsberg Conservation Area where she helps educate the public. Ray Barlow has workshops periodically at the centre and we are able to photograph a variety of raptors in the park. The money helps with their upkeep. Sorry I have been a bad contact - we had a stretch of bad luck - all within a week. My daughter broke her collarbone, my husband had knee surgery two days later and a couple of days after that my mom was admitted to the hospital :( Published Photography Week Magazine.
The more trees we humans cut down, the more habitat is lost for our feathered friends and other animals we share this earth with. Some birds are able to adapt like this Pileated Woodpecker that is working on a hydro pole for her new home. Sadly, other birds die. I'm worried about this woodpecker because it's on the side of a highway and I'm praying that she is not hit by a car/truck when she flies away to eat and when she eventually feeds her family who will live here until they fledge. A girl always wants to look good while she's working on her new home :)
Barred Owl photographed just as the sun was setting on a dirt road in Florida with blurred palm tree background. I wish you a Happy & Safe Holiday Season.
Red Shouldered Hawk
I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas (or whatever it is you celebrate) and a Healthy, Happy & Prosperous New Year with lots of sunshine and photo ops ;)) I appreciate your comments, faves & likes and always try to reciprocate. Thanks so much for the support this past year. This Red Shouldered Hawk was posing all morning and the fog was so thick I could barely make it out. I kept praying for the sun to break through and the hawk to stay close, finally the sun was able to make a dent in the fog and I was able to get off a few shots before this hawk was on it's way.
Owls are my favorite bird of prey and this beauty is so powerful it can take down a small deer.
A woman's work is never done
I have been lucky enough to witness different species of birds building their nests this spring. The females work extremely hard, while the males act as guards. Some of the males will feed their mates while she is busy collecting nesting material and building, while others escort her back and forth keeping her safe, some will guard the nesting site. I hope to watch this pair as well as a pair of Tree Swallows (Lucy & Ricky) through the process of building and fledging their young. I have named this couple Sonny and Cher. It looks like Cher has been stripping a tree :)
I've got you babe
Meet Sonny, Cher's mate. He was singing away on a bleached out snag while she was lining the nest with feathers and fur - not sure where she found them. Their song sounds like a cross between crickets and frogs singing but I'm sure it sounds beautiful to Cher. Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. I'm off on a day trip to photograph raptors in flight tomorrow. Crossing my fingers for sunny weather.
Praying Mantis posing on wild grass. Happy Sunday. Thanks for looking. Copyright Barb D'Arpino
Just me and a few of my buds ;))
Handsome and colourful male Common Redpoll posing on a Pussy Willow/Furry Catkin tree on a beautiful spring day in Wasaga Beach. There were hundreds of Common Redpolls with a few Hoary Redpolls mixed in stopping to fuel up before heading further north. Had our big Easter dinner yesterday so today company is going home and I'm going to relax :)
So many berries, so little time
This was the last time we saw Eleanor the Chipmunk before she retired to her burrow for the winter. She has lived in our backyard for four years and entertains us with her antics. Can't wait until she emerges in the spring. Thanks to EarthShots.org for posting two in the series on their website - one as recent as January 1st, 2012. Nice way to start the New Year!
This is the third and final shot of the series of Eleanor storing winterberries in her pouches. This was the last time we saw her before she retired to her burrow for the winter.EarthShots.org picture of the day January 1st, 2012.Please be advised that my images are fully protected by Canadian Copyright Law. The images may not be downloaded for personal, commercial or educational use, copied to blogs, personal websites, used as wallpaper, screensavers, deep-linked, etc. If you would like to use an image, you MUST contact me to obtain written permission. Acknowledging the source of the copyrighted material does not substitute for obtaining written permission.
Eleanor is an Eastern Chipmunk who has lived in our backyard for the past four years. She keeps us entertained throughout the spring, summer and early fall with her antics. She stuffed her cheeks with winterberries the last time we saw her this fall - in fact the berry she is just above to stuff into her rather roomy pouches was the last one before she retired to her burrow. The snow has since fallen and we can't wait to see her emerge next spring. © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Copyright © 2012 Barb D'Arpino/naturethroughmyeyes.com. This image is protected under the Canadian and International Copyright laws. These images are presented here for viewing purposes only. They are NOT stock images or royalty free. They may not be used for commercial or private use. They are copyrighted by me. Any such use whatsoever of these images is strictly prohibited. They may not be copied, downloaded, manipulated, blogged, deep-linked, tweeted, pinned, Stumbled, tumbled or reproduced by any other means or sold without my prior written consent. Linking back to me does not substitute for written permission.
Only available for licencing through Getty's Images. Praying Mantis waiting for breakfast to wander by. Testing the 1DX with macro shots. Migration is in full swing and most of our song birds have started flying south :( Juvenile hummingbirds remain along with some birds that overwinter (oops I said the "w" word)!!
Blue symbolism provides a fascinating look at one of the most prevalent and beloved colors around the world. Blue symbolism affects many areas of life, including clothing choices, language and cliches, interior design, art, religion and health. Although blue is even more popular in the western world than in other areas of the world, blue skies and blue water are full of positive meaning in every culture. We are, after all, living on the "blue planet."
Photographed this common Loon in breeding colours this past July at sunrise.
Dude, can you spare a rolling paper ;)
Couldn't resist. AND no I'm not a dude!! Photographed (at a respectful distance) a pair of Eastern Bluebirds collecting material for their nest. The female did most of the work but the male would occasionally feed her a bug to thank her for all of her efforts. Have a wonderful week ahead.
Aplomado Falcon at sunset
One of the most beautiful falcons (IMHO). Let's hope their populations continue to grow in their former range in the U.S. Until the 1950s it was found in the extreme southwestern United States, and reintroduction efforts are under way in Western and Southern Texas. It began to reoccupy its former range in West Texas and southern New Mexico in the 1990s. Documentary evidence for these naturally occurring birds was obtained in New Mexico in 1991, and sightings built steadily through that decade and the next, leading to successful fledging of three young in 2002. Sightings and nesting activity continue to the present.The expansion of the reintroduction program to that area has met with criticism, because technically, all Aplomado Falcons in New Mexico are classified as part of the "experimental" (reintroduction) population. As such, while they are still legally protected from hunting, they are not protected by Endangered Species Act requirements to preserve habitat and the like. It is believed that mainly habitat destruction caused the species near-disappearance from the US and hinders reestablishment of a wild breeding population. A coalition of environmental groups is attempting to have full protection restored so as not to jeopardize the success of the expanding wild population and the reintroduction efforts. Photographed at the Canadian Raptor Conservancy with Ray Barlow.
Female Hairy Woodpecker at sunset
Sweet hairy woodpecker photographed as the sun was setting on a beautiful autumn's day in Wasaga Beach. We haven't seen much of the sun for the past couple of months. Happy Sunday :)
Chickadee why did you stay...
It always amazes me that these adorable Black-Capped Chickadees overwinter in Ontario. They seem to thrive throughout the cold winter months. Photographed at Algonquin Provinicial Park a couple of winters ago perched on poison berry.
Mantled in Mist
Mute Swan cloaked in heavy fog yesterday morning at the Toronto Lakeshore. Happy Spring everyone. I'm off to catch up on your beautiful images that I have missed.
A new beginning
Misty sunrise over Brewers Lake at Algonquin Provincial Park during the autumn of 2010. The sun was slowly burning away the thick mist after a cold evening.
What, no butter OR salt?
We had fastened a cob of corn on a snag for the birds to enjoy. We sat down to dinner and out of the corner of my eye I noticed movement on the corn. Imagine my surprise when I saw Eleanor stuffing her cheeks with kernels until she looked ready to explode. It didn't take her long to strip the cob. Grabbed my camera, snapped a few pictures and the rest is history :+) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Copyright © 2012 Barb D'Arpino/naturethroughmyeyes.com. This image is protected under the Canadian and International Copyright laws. These images are presented here for viewing purposes only. They are NOT stock images or royalty free. They may not be used for commercial or private use. They are copyrighted by me. Any such use whatsoever of these images is strictly prohibited. They may not be copied, downloaded, manipulated, blogged, deep-linked, tweeted, pinned, Stumbled, tumbled or reproduced by any other means or sold without my prior written consent. Linking back to me does not substitute for written permission. Published Nature's Best Photography Magazine Summer, Canadian Geographic Best Wildlife Pictures 2012, First for Women, cover of USA Scholastic Magazine and several other publications around the world.
Photographed at Merritt Island, Florida on a lovely autumn day. It was a windy day and several surfers were enjoying the waves. You can see a big wave about to hit shore just behind this funky looking tern.
Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly
..enjoying some cone flower nectar as the sun was setting. The white patterns picked up some of the pink from the flowers.
Nature never ceases to amaze me - how did the couple communicate this move. First he had a mouthful of grasses that he took to the old home - I assume to keep the babies busy eating while he moved them one by one. When he returned - his wife was following (not carrying a baby) and he had the first baby. She stayed on the new nest in the marsh while he retrieved the rest of their family. It was a lot of fun to watch and we were lucky to be in the right place at the right time. 2 1/2 hours later he had moved 5 babies and must have been exhausted - he went back to the old home, but hadn't returned within 45 minutes so we left. He was aware of me, even though I was at a respectable distance and he would swim by quickly - changed my camera body to the 7D for a faster shutter speed with the available evening light. Some babies were moved upside down, others with their bum toward me so it was nice that this one's head was facing my way. The marsh is surrounded by trees as you can see reflected in the water. He was moving them from one pond to another and had to dive under a culvert with the baby in his mouth - this is just as they are breaking the surface of the water. Dropping in to say hello - I was hoping to be back on 500px more regularly but it hasn't worked out - hopefully I'll be back soon. Miss you all and want you to know that I check your images every chance I get. Will catch up on your latest tonight. © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Copyright © 2012 Barb D'Arpino/naturethroughmyeyes.com This image is protected under the Canadian and International Copyright laws. These images are presented here for viewing purposes only. They are NOT stock images or royalty free. They may not be used for commercial or private use. They are copyrighted by me. Any such use whatsoever of these images is strictly prohibited. They may not be copied, downloaded, manipulated, blogged, deep-linked, tweeted, pinned, Stumbled, tumbled or reproduced by any other means or sold without my prior written consent. Linking back to me does not substitute for written permission.
Portrait of a Bald Eagle
The plumage of the immature is brown, speckled with white until approximately the fifth year, when it reaches sexual maturity. This bald eagle looks like he must be reaching his fifth year because he's almost completely white. Joined Ray Barlow to practice my birds in flight, unfortunately the weather wasn't cooperating - it was dark, windy, rainy and cold. I did photograph this beautiful raptor though.
Footsteps over a frozen Georgian Bay on a beautiful winter's day.
Horned Grebe transition
Horned Grebe transitioning into breeding plumage. Photographed last spring on a wavy spring morning. If you have time please view in large.
It's a scary world out there!
Juvenile black squirrel peeking out of knot in tree.
I'm not sure how "eagle eye" manservant spotted this Gray Tree Frog as it is so tiny and blends in to it's environment perfectly, but I'm happy he did :) He was just above knee high poison ivy - luckily he stayed until I returned with my boots. It's much smaller than this image.
Wilson's Snipe in the rain
One of my favorite times to photograph is in the rain. This Snipe posed nicely for me at the Alvar this past spring.
Green Heron with Green Darner
I was really lucky this past summer to get close to a Green Heron for a few days and observe his behavior at fairly close range. The blue jays were tormenting him and when I was close they left him alone and I believe the heron realized this - we had a short-term symbiotic relationship. I was amazed at how smart he was, he would catch a dragonfly and then lay it on top of the water to lure fish - the ultimate fishing machine.
Male Hairy Woodpecker
Miss you all so I thought I would drop by and check out everyone's streams to see what you've been up to. Looks like 500px made some changes while I've been gone :+))
What could be more beautiful than a sunflower in bloom during our summer.
Just as the sun was setting I was laying at the edge of a pond photographing this hungry beaver who was busily stripping the bark from a branch, when he became quite curious about me and my shutter clicks. He started walking out of the water toward me and he was really quite large. I was a little nervous and made a quick exit without my beloved (LOL) camera and lens. All the while manservant (pet name for my husband) who was a safe distance away was yelling at me to keep snapping pix - yea right.
Male Eastern Bluebird
I suspect he is a juvenile by the little bits of yellow on his beak, however he was already so colourful.
Long, tall shorebird!
Only available through Getty's Images for licencing. Happy 2012! Hope everyone has a healthy, happy New Year filled with sunshine and photo ops :+) Willet on the Atlantic Coast enjoying some fresh clam.
Great Black Wasp and Black Eyed Susan
Needed a splash of colour on this cold winter's day.
Only available through Getty's Images for licencing. Clam shells had washed up on shore or were left there by fishermen using them as bait and they were a favorite of several species of shorebirds.
Female Downy Woodpecker
Photographed in Wasaga Beach, Ontario.
Perched Great Egret
Egrets and herons (along with gators, water mocassins and several other species of birds) grace just about every pond and body of water you come across in Florida. Back home in Ontario I might be lucky to see one or two through our summer months. It was a real treat to see so many and have a chance to photograph them. I hope the natives know how lucky they have it :+)) This one was taking a break from fishing - just below this egret were wood storks, roseate spoonbills and a number of other species. Can't wait to go back!!
Last winter was brutal in Wasaga Beach, Ontario. It started snowing in October and didn't stop until some time in March. It always amazes me how the little goldfinches and chickadees seem to thrive during our harsh winter months. I was surprised to see this one eating the ice off of this tree.
In years past there was nothing more common than seeing these beautiful butterflies during our summer months. Sadly, their numbers are decreasing quickly. Famers are eradicating milkweed and their territory in Mexico is shrinking quickly.
Female White-Breasted Nuthatch
Birds are scarce during the wintertime in Northern Ontario (along with the sun) so I'm happy that the nuthatches, chickadees and finches stay and brave it out with us so I have some models through the cold months ahead.
Not everyone's favorite perch for birds, I happen to really like it - birds tend to love perching on it and it allows for clean backgrounds in most cases. I was surprised at the number of different birds I was able to capture on galvanized/barbed wire this past summer.
Sleeping Beauty ;)
Adorable and sleepy Eastern Screech Owl, unable to keep her eyes open (controlled conditions) at a Ray Barlow workshop.
It's just a tickle....
Green Heron following a grooming session - coughing up a feather ball :+)
Photographed last winter at Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario. Algonquin is their southernmost range.
Wood Duck Drake
Photographed last spring.
Wood Duck Hen
Photographed in the spring of 2011.
Thank you for your support and encouragement on my previous posts. We have been having July weather in March in Ontario - unheard of. Several bugs have awakened, birds are migrating early, bears are coming out of hibernation. There is very little in bloom in our yard except for our pussy willow tree. The bees and other insects are collecting pollen and enjoying some tasty greens like this ladybug. Hope you enjoy this image.
I was photographing a pair of Phoebes building their nest at one of my favorite birding spots yesterday. Although I did capture them with mouthfuls of horse hair and other soft material for their nest this was one of my favorite images I shot - I think it shows their sweet personalities.
First let me say this is a huge crop. I was photographing some winter birds around the marsh when something caught my eye. These two voles were running in and out of snow tunnels and having a great time. Photographed in between two large trees that needed to be cropped off the sides. Not sure if it's 500px worthy but it was just too cute not to share!
Jagged Ambush Bug
Reminds me of a transformer - LOL! Cleaning his antennae perched on butterfly weed around protected marshland. This is a tiny bug - always amazes me what I can capture with my macro lens and not see with the naked eye.
We were out on a boat photographing loons when my husband (manservant as I lovingly refer to him) spotted this osprey just as the sun was setting perched low over the water with it's last catch of the evening.
Tight Web Walkers
I headed to Minesing Wetlands in hopes of photographing raptors in flight and this is what I came home with ;+))
He was eating female catkins on this alder tree on a cold but sunny winter's day last February. Stopped long enough to strike a pose.
I photographed this Sandpiper perched on a snag from my car window last spring. The background is a green meadow at the Carden Plains. During the late 1800's high demand for their meat led to catastrophic declines in their population over much of North America. They have since rebounded in Ontario but only in limited areas where grassland habitats persist. Twice each year, these shorebirds make the incredible journey between Canada and South America - all that way and no in-flight movies ;+)
Male American Robin
Robin's are usually seen foraging on the ground for worms and grubs. Last spring it was so cold and snowy well into April that they had to wait quite a while to enjoy their favorite food. This one was eating berries from a sumac tree.
Longing for warmer, sunnier days and needed a reminder.
Long-Tailed Duck Drake
Unfortunately I was not able to get an eye level shot of the long tail ducks because of all of the ice on the rocks at the lakeshore. Photographed on a windy, choppy day in Toronto. The only time these pretty ducks come close to shore is throughout the winter. Formerly called Old Squaw Duck.
I'm a birder and a bugger :+)
Skipper butterfly, the tiniest of all butterflies drinking nectar from a cone flower. I shot it wide open so I could get it's proboscis (tongue) in action. There are over 3,500 species of Skippers across the world.
Eastern Loggerhead Shrike
Sadly, the Eastern Loggerhead Shrike is critically endangered in Canada. Luckily, I was able to photograph a few in Florida. Hope their numbers can make a comeback in Canada despite the threats which include - fragmentation of suitable habitat, collision with motor vehicles and the use of dust supressant dombind on roads - which affect the insect population and their diet.
This gosling had just plopped down exhuasted after running around the shore digging in the dirt and eating dandelions. Composition wise I know I should have left him more room to look into, but I liked the blurred grasses on the right so I left them in the frame. His parents were close by keeping a watchful eye on him. They protect their babies with a fierceness which is sometimes hard to watch.
Male Mourning Dove
I love the soft coo of the mourning dove. We have several that overwinter in Wasaga Beach but it's hard to get anywhere near them. I usually see them when we scare each other - they take flight when I approach and the noise scares the heck out of me. An interesting fact about this gentle bird is that they feed milk to their young - it's not true milk but a nutritious liquid produced by glands in the birds crop. The chicks insert their beaks (the book called them bills?) down the adult's throat to eat this protein rich fluid.
Big Foot Pillow
I followed raccoon prints on freshly fallen snow at Tiny Marsh, when the prints stopped I looked up and was surprised that I had actually found them - HA! There was a whole family but these two were visible and there was a little bit of lighting on the side through the trees. I suspect those big feet are moms that the bottom one is resting upon.
Driving along Blackpoint Drive at Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge there is a small creek with trees and bushes on both sides (colours in the water). There were a few of these shy tiny grebes fishing. As soon as there was any movement they would dive in never to be seen again. Using the car as a blind I waited where there was a small opening and I was rewarded when one swam quickly by. Upon hearing my shutter button he dove down in a flash.
Groomin' on a Sunday afternoon..
During our long, cold winter I long for the wildlife subjects of Florida, Africa and many other places on our diverse planet, but until then I have to photograph what is available in my neck of the woods. I only see Red Squirrels in our area during the winter months. Unlike the Eurasian Red Squirrel their status is not endangered in North America except in Arizona.
Female Hairy Woodpecker
Thought I should give equal time to the pretty female. Photographed just as the sun was setting on a beautiful afternoon in Wasaga Beach. Happy Monday!
In the winter snow you play..
When I was young (oh so long ago) my parent's used to sing me a song; Chickadee black and gray, in the winter snow you play, When the birds all went away, Chickadee why did you stay. I often wonder that myself - but these tiny birds thrive during our harsh winters.
Male White-Breasted Nuthatch posing and vocalizing on a tree. These guys are easy to spot because they are so loud, but they run up and down trees very seldom keeping still. Background is snow - sigh!!
Itty Bitty Piggy
I was laying down on the grass determined to photograph a frog catching a fly when I felt some nibbling on my toes and it was really distracting. I turned around to look and there was Eleanor tasting my toes - I guess they may look like peanuts (being 6' tall my toes are on the long side - LOL). Fearing she may take a bite and I would end up in the hospital having rabies shots I grabbed some peanuts and threw them down on the grass. She managed to shove 3 full peanuts in the shell in her pouches and carry another one to her burrow. I never did capture the frog and the fly - perhaps this summer :+(
This gray jay/whiskey jack was sporting a pink, green, blue and silver bracelet at Algonquin Provincial Park yesterday. Algonquin is their southernmost range so I like to travel there to photograph them at least once a year. Smart birds that hide their food during the summer to survive our harsh Canadian winters - they find the food by memory. Friendly and boisterous they are a pleasure to photograph. The white is snow in the trees behind the jay. Also bumped into fox, moose, wolves, evening grosbeaks, pine grosbeaks, crossbills, several chickadees - but not the elusive boreal.
Over Georgian Bay behind Blue Mountains. When I photographed this sunset we hadn't seen the sun in a long time. I was so excited to see it as sunset was approaching on this stormy October evening I grabbed my gear and off I went to the beach. I laid down on the sand - thinking I was far enough that the waves would not reach me. Well I was wrong - where the sunset is reflected is where I had just been laying down - ha!! I didn't last much longer because I was wet and cold :+((
White Tailed Deer
Last January when I photographed this deer running through the snow it was -38 with at least a foot of snow. This year we have virtually no snow and yesterday was +7 - what a difference a year makes!!
Captured at Merritt Island in December. It would be wonderful to capture one in breeding plumage - they change quite drastically, however they breed in the Arctic.
This female Hairy Woodpecker was busy digging for lunch.
On cold winter nights, these birds reduce their body temperature by up to 10–12 °C (from their normal temperature of about 42 °C) to conserve energy. Such a capacity for torpor is rare in birds (or at least, rarely studied). Very few subjects at the moment so I hope you don't mind a few sweet winter chickadees :-)) I think the sumac seeds give scale to how tiny this bird is.
Male Yellow Warbler breeding plumage
Rainy Days and Monday's always get me down...
Only available through Getty's Images for licencing. Rain water had pooled on this leaf that wasn't far from the ground and this tiny (small as my baby fingernail) frog/toad was sitting on it while it rained. I'm not sure what type it is - can't find it in any of my nature books? If anyone knows I would appreciate an ID. Testing out the 1DX in low light situations.
Vocalizing to it's mate on a farmer's fence post last spring. Photographed from my car window.
With the 5D when blue and green meet in any of my images I get that swirly effect that you can see? Anyone else have this problem?
Juvenile Male Downy Woodpecker
Much smaller than the Hairy Woodpecker I uploaded yesterday, however they have such similar markings. Even though some of the birch bark is blocking the woodpecker I quite liked all the curly birch bark.
Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart - author unknown. Just a fun post for a special occasion!!
Hey out there, I'm starving in here..
Sorry - been a bad contact - just not much time at the moment. I usually stay away from nests and babies because I'm worried the parent's may abandon them, however I was photographing warblers (attempting would be more accurate) when I noticed nestlings popping their heads out of this hole as this little one is doing. They didn't make a sound, but had their beaks wide open. I believe they are bluebird babies because there was a male and female hanging out in the area. I took a couple of pix and left so they would feed them :) Hope you all had a wonderful weekend full of photo ops.
Ambush in the marigolds
This tiny jumping spider had just captured breakfast. Thought I needed a splash of colour on my stream ;)
It was so peaceful watching and photographing the grebes, swans, geese and ducks in the fog. It was a magical day.
Have a wonderful weekend.
I'm a leg man myself
Well in reality I'm a female and a vegetarian ;)
Two signs of spring - pussy willows and tree swallows - when the swallows are back you know the bugs have also returned :-) Now I can't wait for the trees and grass to turn green for those beautiful green backgrounds that compliment wildlife so well.
Male American Wigeon
I suspect this one is a juvenile as his colours are much more subtle than many I have photographed.
Have a wonderful Easter weekend to those contacts that celebrate.
Living on the edge :)
The bugger in me is pleased to have some insect action the last couple of days. Nothing much in bloom except for dandelions and daffodils but it won't be long now. This hoverfly was enjoying this daffodil. Have a wonderful weekend. I have been busy so not much time for 500px at the moment - going to catch up on your streams now.
Another one of the interesting looking birds I encountered while in Florida. I know it's probably as common as our mallard ducks - so I apologize to my Florida contacts. This was the first time I had seen and photographed one. They are referred to also as a snake bird because they swim with their heads just above the water. Unlike ducks their wings are not waterproof therefore they must dry them out to enable them to fly - otherwise the heaviness helps with diving deep to catch their meals.
Greater Yellowlegs fishing
These shorebirds are quick - they grab the fish and come up swallowing. I have a whole fishing series but 500px doesn't allow you to post in a series :(Used my car as a blind so not at eye level.
Still really busy but checking in to see what I've missed.
What is spring without an image of a Male Red-Winged Blackbird displaying for a female. Photographed at the edge of the marsh at sunset.
Thank you to The Cornell Lab of Ornithology for displaying on their home page (Bird Share) for the upcoming week.
Have a wonderful weekend my fellow photographers.
Blondes have more fun
This male Bobolink flew up from a farmers field taking a break from enjoying dandelions, to impress a female across the way.
A bugs eye view
Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain. Henry David Thoreau
With this moth, I thee wed...
This male bluebird searched for bugs for the female while she picked up nesting material. It's so cute how he catches the food and then feeds it to her (after beating it to death of course - which I'm sure she appreciated) - I'm guessing this is all part of their mating ritual and I do believe she has accepted his proposal:)) He was looking at a fence post so not the best comp.
The camera does add 10 lbs.!!
This turnstone had worked so hard to extract that clam from the shell and just when I turned over to capture some pelicans in flight overhead a gull swooped down and stole his meal - sigh. Always expect the unexpected!!
"Speak no evil"
Tiniest damselfly perched on May Night Sage with sage in the background. The "bugger" in me is kind of obsessed with damselflies - they are so tiny, yet so colourful and those eyes are very cool!! I've been determined to get the shot on a blade of grass with both eyes on either side looking at me - I'll keep trying :)
Female Downy Woodpecker
Woodpeckers have quickly become one of my favorite subjects to photograph. Usually they are so engrossed in their work that they don't notice or care if they are photographed. I thought I should give equal time to a female.
Took a trip to Florida to meet up with some contacts. It was a lot of fun even though the temperature dipped down to freezing on 3 mornings and the sun wasn't very cooperative. I was hoping to capture some of the many birds in breeding plumage. This Great Egret was sitting on her eggs and her bright green was starting to fade to blue which I thought was quite lovely. Happy Thursday ;)
Gag me with a beak
It was a blast watching and photographing the barn swallows feeding their young. Most of the time there were eight babies lined up on the barbed wire. I had no idea which one would be the lucky recipient of the next insect - there was no rhyme or reason to the order. Some were fed twice in a row, some were neglected. Once in a while I was lucky and focused on the correct bird. At this point they were flying and able to catch their own meals, but they know how to milk this baby thing :)
Find peace in the morning rush and you will have a good day ~Mike Dolan~
The sun was rising on what turned out to be a beautiful summer's day while this backlit & dewy dragonfly dried it's wings to prepare for a day of hunting around the marsh.
Eastern Screech Owl
Tired and moulting but still adorable :) Have a wonderful weekend. Controlled conditions - Ray Barlow workshop.
Female Common Baskettail Dragonfly resting with eggs in tow on May Night Sage. She was close to the marsh where she would eventually lay her eggs.
Double Jointed Snipe
Wilson's Snipe striking a pose on a beautiful spring day.
Stick 'Em Up
A fun Sunday Post. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Eastern Kingbird Sorry for the overload of uploads - I have been off for so long I'm catching up :-)
Juvenile Red Squirrel
Had some sunshine today - hadn't seen any in so long - it was a nice change. Grabbed my gear and off I went in search of some photo ops. Spotted quite a few winter visitors including this red squirrel.
Food fit for a King(bird)
I had so much fun watching and photographing the kingbirds feeding their babies, even in the rain and overcast conditions. It was a challenge focusing on the correct baby. Wish you could see this one in large for more detail as Dad shoves a large grasshopper in it's mouth.
Have a wonderful weekend full of photo ops and sunshine ;) As luck would have it the second one in the series is directly below it.
Spaghetti for two
Happy Monday. Last one in the Kingbird series - I promise - they gave me several cute poses while feeding their young ;+)
An apple a day, keeps the doctor away ;)
Still testing out the limits of the 1DX - it was extremely dark and windy - in fact it started raining while I was photographing robins enjoying ornamental crab apples. Shot at +1 comp, shutter speed priority 1/1250 which gave me an automatic ISO of 1600 and an aperture of 4.5.. Less DOF than I'd like but hey I can't complain about the performance of the 1DX. Even blown up to 100% there was very little visible noise. I have a few contacts that are thinking of purchasing this body (camera not mine - mine is way past it's prime - lol) so I thought I would post some low light images!! Now if only the robins leave some of the apples for a sunny day :))
I'd like mornings better if they started later :)
Upland Sandpiper waking up at sunrise. Happy Hump Day!
I went to Minesing Wetlands yesterday hoping to capture some shorebirds, at this time there are usually thousands in the flooded wetlands. Sadly, there wasn't one shorebird :( Shows how far behind our spring is. I spent about an hour photographing a frog (yes I'm a little hard up). I like frog pix, but this one wasn't even in an interesting environment - he was in the middle of a dirt path :) I did see a shrike impale a mouse/vole? on a tree for later consumption. No pix of the shrike so I'm not sure whether it was a Northern or Loggerhead but I did get some pix of the poor rodent. This is my last post for a few days. Have a wonderful week and I'll see you in a few days.
Only available for licencing through Getty's Images. I will be out of commission for a while. I received an email from Apple advising that I have an affected 1 TB Seagate hardrive - which means it could fail at any time - sigh. They will replace at no charge, but what an inconvenience. Need to back everything up and drop off at an Apple service provider. Last of my raptors in fall series. This is a beautiful raptor with it's subtle blues. A much higher ISO than I would have liked, but the 1DX handles it quite well. Photographed at Mountsberg Conservation Area with Ray Barlow under controlled conditions.
Speak no evil..
Walking on Sunshine
Happy last full day of summer ;)
I think you need a big 'ole hug
There are a few osprey nests that I monitor throughout the summer a few hours away from home. This is one of the fledglings of Lucy and Ricky, two osprey that have been coming back to the same nest for several years. It's built high on top of a hydro pole. I stood on the back of the cab to try and get a little closer. He was enjoying a fish that he wasn't about to share with anyone.
Male Eastern Bluebird
The male and female bluebirds were busy feeding their young. The young were still in their nest so I stayed a respectable distance away so as not to disturb them. The female seemed to feed the young at a ratio of 3 to 1 to the male - just saying :))
I'm berry overwhelmed
Don't worry little nuthatch - the weekend has arrived :) Happy Fun Friday. Have a great one!! Nature Canada photo of the month March 2013.
Petite Powerful Peanut Packing Pouches
Say that quickly :) Eleanor had just stuffed three peanuts in her rather ample pouches. If only this was an Olympic Sport. The Olympics are over for another four years, England put on a fabulous show and were wonderful hosts. Congrats to our Canadian athletes and all the athletes worldwide.
Praying mantis on Queen Anne's Lace.
Moss for the boss ;)
So much action...so little light :( We actually watched the osprey as they grabbed the hanging moss from the cypress trees in their talons to take home for their nests. It was so much fun photographing the osprey while they were building their nests and coupling up for the season. Unfortunately the first morning was thick cloud and frosty (the day I captured this image) although near the very end of our trip it started to lighten up slightly. The second day was pure sun but we didn't have the same guide on the boat - I wonder if this had anything to do with it - the first morning we were out on the lake, Graham (all the way from England) was standing behind our boat pilot and guide Jeff (a nice looking guy), and he asked if anyone minded if he had a fag - well you should have seen Jeff's face. We had a good laugh over that one. Thanks to Graham for treating us to the second outing ;)
Sampling the sushi
Sanderling photographed at Merritt Island in Florida enjoying clam as the surf washed up shells.
Cute things come in small packages
Eleanor our backyardigan will soon be retiring to her burrow the end of autumn or early winter until next spring :(( We have enjoyed her antics this summer.
Male Yellow Warbler breeding plumage
Serenading a tree trunk on a beautiful spring morning. Warblers are beautiful little song birds, but such a challenge to photograph. Have a wonderful weekend everyone.
The sun goes down, the stars come out….
This was a lovely way to end a day in Florida. Just as the sun was setting, this Red Shouldered Hawk posed on a tall barbed wire fence post for the paparazzi. Dropping in today and then back out of town for another week :)
Never be afraid to spread your wings..
The sun had yet to rise on a misty summer's morning while the loons were on the lake feeding their young. This male took a moment to stretch before resuming his daddy duties.
I just need someone to feed...
This European Starling tried to feed the baby barn swallows and/or the baby phoebes. The parents of both sets kept scaring her off - she tried and tried again - eventually she ate this mouthful but immediately started collecting bugs/caterpillars again and started on her mission once more. I'm not sure what it means - did she lose her own babies, does she just feel the need to feed baby birds when she hears them cry. I felt sorry for her. This was early morning and when I returned hours later she was still trying :( Thanks to those who take the time to read my descriptions :))
So many seeds, so little time....
I had been searching for a field of sunflowers for as long as I can remember. Lo and behold, on our way to the Carden Plains I spot a field that we must have passed a hundred times in the past. We decide that we will stop there on our way home. When we drive up the long driveway, I fully expect to see a farmhouse, but before me is a beautiful home surrounded by fields of sunflowers. We park and I walk to the front door, which is about 500 yards from the driveway. I ring the bell and wait. I wait for about 3 minutes and no one answers. I hear a big WOOF and think they have a dog and it sounds big. The garage is open and the ride-on mower is on the lawn. I decide I should try another door. Just then I hear a growl behind me, and there is the largest dog I have ever seen. I climb one of the chairs on the front porch and the dog climbs right up with me. I am not sure whether he has me cornered or he's just friendly. I'm frantically waving to manservant in the truck to do something. He doesn't budge from the truck. I'm thinking - get out draw his attention from me - anything!! I'm picturing the owners are going to answer the door with me and their huge dog on their chair. Once again I try to get manservant to do something - he doesn't even stick his head out of the window to acknowledge he can see me in this predicament. I have a funny feeling that he is laughing at me. I have to calm myself down because I'm thinking this dog can feel my fear. I know my dogs love to answer the door, so I say to him - let's go see who is at the door. He jumps down and runs down the pathway. I start jogging to the truck, ready to jump in. Just as I'm about to jump in, a truck drives up and the occupant is looking suspiciously at us - go figure - someone running from his front door. It's the owner of the house. I explain why I'm there and give him a card and he's happy to allow me to photograph the sunflowers. The dogs name is Bear and he's a Burmese Mountain Dog and really friendly. He followed me around for the rest of the day. The owner said I was welcome to go back once they turned to seed. Apparently manservant's duties begin and end with lugging around my heavy equipment. Although he did say if the dog attacked me he would have come to my rescue - I fear it would have been too late :( Thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend!!
What big eyes you have...
Mantids blend in so well it's really hard to spot them. Luckily for me I have "eagle eye" manservant. Even though he doesn't save me from attacks from dogs, horses, etc. (I have so many stories) he does lug around my heavy equipment and spot the occasional subject.
We had a rainy dark day yesterday so I decided to put the rain jacket on my camera and lens and test the 1DX in really low light conditions. I had it on static shots when this Jay landed on a snag not far from me and threw his food in the air and swallowed. I'd never seen this behaviour before and thought it was interesting. I only wish I had of had it set for a faster shutter speed, but with the low light I wasn't thinking action :( So far the 1DX hasn't disappointed in low light.
Bee Happy :)
Mining Bee mining pollen! Have a great weekend - it's a long one in Canada.
Wilson's Snipe at sunrise
Hope you are all having a wonderful week :)
Summer sight I will miss
Monarch's have started their long migration back to Mexico :( It won't be this generation that eventually arrives - could be two or three later. Can't wait to see them again next spring.
Seats with a view ;)
The sun was quickly setting over Georgian Bay with Blue Mountains on the left while three friends sat in the water and enjoyed a late summer's evening. There wasn't much colour at the time I shot this image, but it turned out to be a beautiful summer sunset. Something I will never tire of witnessing! Hope you had lots of time this weekend to relax and enjoy the view.
Male American Wigeon
One from the archives that I can remember photographing like it was yesterday. I had my extender in my pocket and I was laying on the ground. To get a better vantage point I rolled and landed right on my extender, I heard my rib crack and thought ouch that can't be good. I continued to photograph for a short time. I had a bad bruise and a sore rib for about two months. Happy Monday and thanks for looking :)
How to stand out in a crowd ;)
Hope your weekend is full of colour and photo ops! Just returned from a road trip - catching up today :))
Mantis in praying stance on Smoke Bush. The cable man was driving away from our home after a service call a few days ago. My husband (aka manservant) noticed a praying mantis on the hood of his car. He chased him down and told him. The cable man said he had seen that creature and was scared of it and thought he would drive with him on the hood in hopes that he would blow off. Manservant took him off the hood and placed him in some flowers. This isn't that mantis but I thought it was a cute story :))
If you ever visit Algonquin, you must make an effort to see the Gray Jay's that make Algonquin their year round home. This is their southernmost territory so it's always a treat to see and photograph these friendly birds. Most of the Jays are tagged as Algonquin has been studying them for years.
I'm a hoot
Eagle Owl with it's eye on a feral cat.
Happy Thanksgiving Canada
Have a wonderful and safe long weekend. Second in a series of three images of Eleanor, the eastern chipmunk who lives in our backyard, stuffing her amples pouches with corn to store in her burrow for the long winter ahead. She repeated this until the cob was bare.
Testing the dynamic range of the 1DX shooting white in the sunlight at 0 comp with a darker background. Looks like there is no noise in the background so it passes the test :)) Mute Swan preening close to shore on Lake Ontario.
Five more minutes, please!
This is Echo, an Eastern Screech Owl. She was the only one in her family that was saved when the tree that they called home was cut down. She has imprinted with humans therefore can never be released into the wild ;( She lives permanently at Mountsberg Conservation Area where she helps educate the public. I met her through Ray Barlow where she poses for photographers and the money helps pay for her upkeep. I love how they have feathers on their eyelids.
A good home must be made, not bought (Joyce Maynard) :))
Only available for licencing through Getty's Images. It was a blast to watch these two Great Blue Heron's building their nest. The male worked very hard breaking off sticks at the tree line and proudly flying back up to the nest with them. The female was always appreciative and then they worked together to situate the sticks just right. The mating process had not yet begun, but it won't be long. When he had finished collecting sticks for the day, she actually gave him a big hug - it was adorable. I would love to go back when the little ones are hatched :))
Wanna do some antacid ;))
Male Downy Woodpecker admiring his handiwork. Hope everyone is having a wonderful spring weekend!! In Wasaga Beach March came in like a lamb and out like a lion - snow here for the past two days - sigh! Here's hoping it's the end of the white stuff!!
The Sounds of Silence
This image is from a couple of years ago at Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario. The sun was totally obscured on this sunrise by the fog/mist but light was illuminating the tops of the trees that I found enchanting. Looks better against black ;)
Sampling the Sushi Bar
Bellyshot of a tiny sanderling enjoying some washed up clam on the Altantic shore in Florida last December. These adorable shorebirds just didn't keep still. You can see the surf behind him.
Too cute to spook ;)
Only available for licencing through Getty's Images. Getting into the Halloween spirit early as Eleanor could be underground tucked away for the long cold winter ahead by then. One thing is for sure, she should have enough food stored for several winters!! Have a wonderful weekend.
Bald Eagle of the shallow water
Sadly this Bald Eagle fell out of her nest when she was very young. She somehow survived and at 4 months old was found wondering the shores near Thunder Bay, Ontario by some caring individuals. She was taken to a vets where they found that her wing had healed incorrectly and she would never fly again. She is named Pawgwashijng Migizi ("Pawgwa", for short-- her full name is Ojibway and translates to "Bald Eagle of the Shallow Water") She now lives at Mountsberg Conservation Area where she is taken care of and she in turn helps educate the public. I met her on a Ray Barlow workshop where we had the pleasure of photographing her. She is beautiful and at 3 years old her head isn't fully white as it will be in a couple of years as an adult.
American Kestrel in the fall
American Kestrel (controlled conditions) against an autumn coloured tree on a Ray Barlow workshop at Mountsberg Conservation Area. These birds have all been injured and can never be released into the wild. It's a lot of fun to photograph them outside in their natural environment, up close and personal and in turn help pay for their upkeep.
Juvenile Eastern Bluebird
Photographed in Ontario at the Carden Alvar. This juvenile bluebird had recently fledged and was still hoping it's parent's would come by and feed it, even though quite capable of catching it's own food. One from the archives. Have a great weekend and stay safe from the "Perfect Storm" or "Frankenstorm" or whatever they choose to call it.
Bribed this adorable squirrel with some sunflowers and in turn it posed for a few pix. From last winter's archives. If you are in the path of the "Perfect Storm" as we are, stay safe my friends.
Happy Monday. Hoping Sandy has been kind to our neighbors in the U.S. She's heading our way next :(( Eastern Screech Owl posing on a snag at Mountsberg Conservation Area in Campbellville, Ontario. Photographed at a Ray Barlow workshop under controlled conditions.
On your mark, get set, go…..
A fun Saturday post. Sweet little Chickadee doing it's morning yoga exercises. The background is last year's reed grass and bullrushes with a little snow mixed in for good measure :) Have a wonderful weekend. There are so many bird posts, I wonder why 500px doesn't have a category just for birds - it would make sense to me!!
Male Hairy Woodpecker
We have had sunshine the past couple of mornings after months of gloomy weather :) Hope your weekend is full of sunshine and photo ops.
That breath could knock over a buffalo!!
OR - Might I suggest anger management classes my red-breasted friend :)) Happy Sunday.
Chock full of nuts ;)
Eleanor the Chipmunk filling her cheeks with nuts. She may also be chock full of babies now. She's getting a little rotund around the belly. Have a wonderful Thursday.
Upside down bird
Female White Breasted Nuthatch - classic pose. Happy Tuesday :))
Berry Prickly Perch
Black-Capped Chickadee posing on this berry branch after being bribed with a peanut. These tiny but tough birds overwinter in Canada and thrive in the frigid temps. They will land on your hand for peanuts, which makes them smart also - they know we are not a threat :)) Happy Hump Day.
I give thanks....
to all of my contacts for your support and encouragement. Happy Thanksgiving to all of my U.S. friends. 'Lil Red giving thanks for the bounty for which he is about to receive. Only available through Getty's Images for licencing.
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Eastern Phoebe with prey :))
Thinking of everyone in the U.K. and Canada (and anywhere else in this big world of ours) who are in the middle of this sweltering heat wave. Sending a little visual cool down. We are supposed to get some relief tomorrow - fingers crossed. Right now I could use a little snow - I know bite my tongue. Stay cool my friends. Eleanor in the spring when she woke up to SNOW.
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add colour to my sunset sky. Tagare
SOOC Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! The sun had just set behind Blue Mountains, over Georgian Bay.
Mirror, Mirror on the water...
What does 2013 hold in store for us this year. Health, happiness, sunshine and photo ops would be my wish for you all. Happy New Year!! Little Blue Heron fishing early one foggy morning.
Sweet and sleepy wild Barred Owl photographed just as the sun was setting on a beautiful day in Florida. Last image showed him from the back and this one shows him from the front :)) Hope you are having a wonderful weekend and start to 2013!!
Monday's should be illegal
Have a wonderful week ;) This is what the Great Blue Heron thinks of Monday morning!!
White Ibis feeding frenzy in the fog
The Ibis came close to shore early one foggy morning feeding on some type of small shells/mollusks at Merritt Island. It was a challenge trying to isolate one and capture this feeding behaviour with the low light. They must have to consume many shells to fill up but they seem to be a favourite.
Chest Deep in Marsh Marigolds
I think his GPS has malfunctioned. Not sure how this Great Blue Heron is going to locate any fish in this marsh - perhaps a snake or two though. Happy Heron Hump Day ;)
I miss these cool looking insects already :)) Have a fantastic weekend!!
Tiny but Mighty
One of the smallest, friendliest and most intelligent birds, the chickadee thrives through our brutal winter months. They seem to know that humans (most of us) are not a threat and therefore seem to have no fear. I've seen many that will land on someone's hand for a treat. Getting them to keep still for a moment is another story though :) When I was young I remember my mom singing me this song: Chickadee black and gray, In the winter snow you play, When the birds all went away, Chickadee why did you stay.
Someone on 500px stole my picture & posted to their 500px stream as their own
Someone stole this picture today and posted to their own 500px stream as their copyright - removed mine!! 500px.com/photo/23559543 Pola Baban I have already posted a better quality shot of this to my stream and will remove it, but wanted to post today to show what nerve some people have. How can anyone trust that this "person" posts any of their own work???? I have asked to have it removed to no avail by the poster - 500px is closed for the weekend - I'm hoping they will take care of the problem on Monday!
Endangered Florida Scrub Jay
A sought after species for both birders and photographers because of it's status. I was happy to observe and photograph this friendly and pretty jay recently in Florida. Scrub Jays are an inquisitive and intelligent species, the most striking attribute of the Florida Scrub Jay's behavior is its remarkable tameness. As such, scrub jays willingly take food from human hands. Unfortunately, this tameness is dangerous to the well-being of the species. Florida Scrub Jays that are fed by humans will reproduce earlier in the year than those that are not. However, fledgling scrub jays feed primarily on caterpillars present in the late spring and summer; if they hatch too early in the year when the caterpillars are not available, this can lead to their malnutrition or starvation. Another potential danger of feeding Florida Scrub Jays occurs when people feed them near a road, as one major cause of death for scrub jays in urban areas is collision with vehicles. You can be incarcerated in Florida for feeding a Scrub Jay :) Will be off of 500px for a while either travelling or working on taxes and year ends. Will catch up with you all upon my return.
True Love Stories Never Have Endings ~Richard Bach~
Just a fun post. Happy Valentine's Day. Posting a little early because I'm going out of town on business tomorrow.
Male Common Redpoll posing on a snowy winter's day in Wasaga Beach, Ontario. These pretty, yet tiny birds thrive despite the cold and snowy days of winter.
Just a fun post today :) He looks happy, happy, happy but I've had just about enough of winter and I'm more than ready for spring!! Bring on the migration!!
Happy Hump Day :)
Cold Feet, Warm Heart
Female Common Redpoll posing on a fallen tree in the snow.
Wakey, wakey ;)
Spring is near and that means Eleanor will soon be emerging from her burrow. Can't wait to see her again :) As the sun was rising, Eleanor was peeking out of her burrow preening before she started her day of foraging for food.
Willet fishing in the bubbling surf
The shorebirds had only seconds to fish before the next wave crashed in. The sandy beach had all but disappeared but it was a blast watching the birds running in and out of the waves. This willet was lucky and stabbed a Sand Flea for breakfast :) Not sure if it's my computer or 500px but man it's slow going - I'm trying to catch up with everyone :)
Just returned from Florida photographing birds and wildlife and I see 500px has made some changes. Where is activity and friends uploads?? Am I missing them? If they have been removed it is going to make it really hard to comment on photographers images who have commented on your pix and to find the new uploads from your contacts. Once I figure out what's going on I will catch up.
"High Key" Tune
Eastern Meadowlark singing his heart out on a cold dull day in Florida!! Why do the best photo ops always present themselves when the light is at it's worse????
Fugly is the new pretty ;)
It was a blast to observe and photograph this baby egret. Mom was standing off to the side and dad had flown away. We were hoping dad was going to return with breakfast but as long as we were there he did not. There was a gator just under the nest, in hopes of a meal. Thankfully, when we left the chick was safe and sound. Happy Weekend and March break :))