Monday, January 31, 2011

The fox on Sylvan Ave - Jan 31, 2011

This guy is very fast and definately doesn't like people. My dog Rory tells me when he is nearby - baying as only a beagle can. He is a lovely fox. Will try to get his face one time.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

2 turkeys running up the berm andJuvenile Red Tail

Saw a turkey on the berm and had to look to see if it was Steve but no it was a real turkey. Very nice to see the 2 turkeys going up the berm and then fly at the top.

Beautiful juvenile red tailed hawk. Shots taken from car window

Notice the talons on the wire

Porcupine, 2 Shirkes and More Scenic Shots jan 29, 2011

Carol and i saw the porcupine in the tree. He was one big boy.
More shots of the ice on the fence and trees. So amazing.

Couldn't decide which I liked best colour or black and white.

Snow Bunting an amazing scenic ice jan 29, 2011

Carol and I went for a drive to Ravenshoe and Holland Marsh. Very few birds but some wonderful scenery with ice on the branches.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Barred owl - 2 in one day + first flight shots Jan 25, 2011

Janice and I took off up towards Lindsay and area. Weather was not great but we survived and totally enjoyed the day. Thanks to Dan who gave us some tips on where to go. This beautiful Barred Owl was my second of the day. I was thrilled to see him. He was on a back road and there was no place to stop. I told Janice to let me out. I got out of the car and she continued on (torn because she wanted to see him also) I waved bye bye and enjoyed watching the owl. Eventually Janice joined me but he was quick to leave to the back of the woodlot. What a thrill and what a friend to let me have the honour.

This is the start of the take off.

Pileated Woodpeck and Ravens Jan 25, 2011

Janice and I continued to be amazed by the birds we were seeing. There is something so beautiful about a pileated woodpecker. The gentleman who allowed us to take photos put pigs fat on the tree and man did the woodpeckers love it.

At the locks the Raven was eating.

Many ravens circling - Dan figured there was something dead out there

Rusty Blackbirds and Northern Shrike Jan 25 2011

Make sure you double click the photo so you can see the markings on the Northern Shrike.

Another wonderful outing with Janice with some excellent birds. Enjoy this Northern Shrike which totally ignored us.

This was one wonderful surprise bird. The Rusty Blackbird is on the threat ed list of birds.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Grey Screech Owl and Snow blowing on lake Jan 23 2011

I love looking at a Eastern Screech Owl. The side shot is my favourite of the day.

On my way to work downtown I stopped at Leslie spit edge and enjoyed the sight of the snow blowing over the lake. Cold cold day.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Authentic Canadian Tours - Amherst Island

Tours with Murray.

Murray was scouting out the island in advance of his inaugural nature tour to Amherst Island exactly this weekend, here's a link to his website. Be sure to check it out and sign up for his tour to Amherst Island while there's still time!