October 30, 2014

 

Everyone has a weird neighbour.



If you don't have one, look in the mirror.

We saw this in Amsterdam a few years ago. It made me laugh.

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October 29, 2014

 

Tree pattern baldness.



It is becoming more obvious as the trees try their leaf over that baldness is increasing.


Tongue planted firmly in cheek.

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October 28, 2014

 

Work in progress



Come back in approximately 100,000 years and we will see if they turned into fossils.
These leaves were on a dirt road and had been pressed into the mud making an interesting design.
I wonder if this is how the fossilization process starts.

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October 27, 2014

 

Pied-billed grebe



We went to the hawk watch at Holiday Beach in southern Ontario on the weekend.
There weren't a lot of birds passing through but we did find four pied-billed grebes in the marsh which is adjacent to the tower.

Podilymbus podiceps 

These are brown birds, slightly darker above and more tawny-brown on the underparts. During spring and summer, the crown and nape are dark and the throat is black. While breeding, the bill is whitish with a black band (“pied’), but otherwise is yellow-brown. Juveniles have striped faces.

Like other grebes, the Pied-billed Grebe eats large quantities of its own feathers. Feathers may at times fill up more than half of a grebe’s stomach, and they are sometimes fed to newly hatched chicks. The ingested plumage appears to form a sieve-like plug that prevents hard, potentially harmful prey parts from passing into the intestine, and it helps form indigestible items into pellets which they can regurgitate.

The longest-lived Pied-billed Grebe on record was at least 4 years, 7 months old and was banded in California.

source Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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October 26, 2014

 

A turtle i the hand...




is a fine thing to see.
This is a hatchling eastern softshelled turtle.
They are part of the turtle recovery program at Rondeau Provincial Park.

Apalone spinifera

Unlike the hard shell of most other turtles, the shell of the spiny softshell turtle is soft and leathery, with a sandpaper-like surface.
The spiny softshell turtle spends most of its life in water, often lying buried in the sandy or muddy bottom with only its head and neck protruding.

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October 23, 2014

 

The opportunist.




A person who exploits circumstances to gain immediate advantage rather than being guided by consistent principles or plans or maybe just a good salesman.

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October 22, 2014

 

Do you always drool when you drink?

It is "just" a starling starling basically a nuisance bird.
First brought to North America by Shakespeare enthusiasts in the nineteenth century, European Starlings are now among the continent’s most numerous songbird
As a single bird they can be very handsome in flocks of hundreds they can clean out your feeders in the blink of an eye.

Sturnus vulgaris

Starlings are boisterous, loud, and they travel in large groups (often with blackbirds and grackles). They race across fields, beak down and probing the grass for food; or they sit high on wires or trees making a constant stream of rattles, whirrs, and whistles.

The oldest recorded wild European Starling was 15 years 9 months old.

source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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