August 28, 2016

Butterfly in the morning dew.

I was trying out my new lens when this butterfly/moth flew in about 25 feet away and landed on a flower petal.

Think I'm going to like this lens.

August 26, 2016

Least bittern.

One of about 200 shots of a least bittern taken from the pontoon boat while out on Rondeau Bay.
More to come.

Ixobrychus exilis

Thanks to its habit of straddling reeds, the Least Bittern can feed in water that would be too deep for the wading strategy of other herons.

August 25, 2016

Fall migration is underway.

We have started seeing warblers on their way south.
Cape May, Black and White,Redstarts and Blackburnian among others.
This is an immature/ 1st winter bird at our pond.

Setophaga fusca
No other North American warbler has an orange throat.

August 24, 2016

Eastern Fox Snake

Hatched out in the morning, released in the afternoon.
This hatchling is about the size of your standard yellow pencil.

pantherophis gloydi
The eastern fox snake is the third-largest snake in Ontario and can reach a length of up to 1.7 metres, although most individuals are smaller. Its body is yellow to light brown with large, dark brown blotches down the back and two alternating rows of smaller blotches along the sides. This snake has a reddish brown head with dark bars around the eyes and a yellow chin. Its belly, which is also yellow, has alternating brown patches. The scales of this species are lightly keeled (ridged down the centre) and its anal plate is divided.
source - Ontario Nature.

August 22, 2016

Down low and personal with a soft shell turtle hatchling.

This hatchling wouldn't cover the palm of your hand.
I like the upturned snout and the water tension pulling the water up around its face.

Apalone spinifera
The spiny softshell is Ontario’s only turtle with a flexible, leathery carapace (upper shell) and the only species in the province that can attain a size comparable to that of the snapping turtle.

August 21, 2016

Red-headed woodpecker,Rondeau Provincial Park, August 21, 2016

An adult red-headed woodpecker has been showing up in the yard with four young birds in tow.
We aren't sure if they all belong to the adult if some from another bird are just tagging along.

Melanerpes erythrocephalus
The Red-headed Woodpecker benefited from the chestnut blight and Dutch elm disease outbreaks of the twentieth century. Though these diseases devastated trees they provided many nest sites and foraging opportunities for the woodpeckers.
source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology

August 20, 2016



Ruby-throated hummingbirds don't play well with others.
Not the best photo but you take what you can get with something like this.