December 01, 2016

Fly over

A while back, before we took the pontoon out for the year, we had a great blue heron do a fairly low fly over.
Ardea herodias
Great Blue Herons congregate at fish hatcheries, creating potential problems for the fish farmers. A study found that herons ate mostly diseased fish that would have died shortly anyway. Sick fish spent more time near the surface of the water where they were more vulnerable to the herons.

November 30, 2016

Death of a dragon

With the cold weather and lack of food this green darner appears to be on its last legs.
It was sitting on our path covered with the morning dew.

Anax junius

The common green darner has an unusual breeding strategy, being one of very few dragonflies to migrate in spring and autumn

November 29, 2016

Hooded mergansers.

They pretend they are listening and that he is the boss.

Male and female hooded mergansers on a farm pond.
A long way off.
Lophodytes cucullatus
The Hooded Merganser is the second-smallest of the six living species of mergansers (only the Smew of Eurasia is smaller) and is the only one restricted to North America.

November 27, 2016

Daffier than Daffy Duck

Not sure why her tongue is sticking out but it reminded me of Daffy Duck.
This is a female lesser scaup in breeding plumage seen at Erieau Ontario a few days ago.

Aythya affinis

Lesser Scaup chicks are capable of diving under water on their hatching day, but they are too buoyant to stay under for more than just a moment. By the time they are 5 to 7 weeks old they are able to dive for 2-25 seconds and swim underwater for 15-18 meters (50-60 ft).

November 24, 2016

Faster than Donald Duck.

Female red breasted merganser at Erieau, Ontario.
While we took a break from looking for the hawk Tuesday.

Mergus serrator

The fastest duck ever recorded was a red-breasted merganser that attained a top airspeed of 100 mph while being pursued by an airplane. This eclipsed the previous speed record held by a canvasback clocked at 72 mph. source ducks unlimited.

November 23, 2016

Red tailed hawk on a pole.

Fellow bird photographer David took out to see his "pet" hawk.

At first he saw a no show but finally showed up as we were heading home after photographing ducks.
Buteo jamaicensis
The Red-tailed Hawk has a thrilling, raspy scream that sounds exactly like a raptor should sound. At least, that’s what Hollywood directors seem to think. Whenever a hawk or eagle appears on screen, no matter what species, the shrill cry on the soundtrack is almost always a Red-tailed Hawk.

November 21, 2016

Portuguese Man-of-War

This is a Portuguese Man-of-War that we saw in texas a few years back. They are venomous and are to be avoided.
Anyone unfamiliar with the biology of the venomous Portuguese man-of-war would likely mistake it for a jellyfish. Not only is it not a jellyfish, it's not even an "it," but a "they." The Portuguese man-of-war is a siphonophore, an animal made up of a colony of organisms working together.
Physalia physalis