May 28, 2009

Horned grebe


Horned grebe
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Went out on the boat yesterday and found this grebe waiting for me.

Very cooperative, swam right up to the boat

Podiceps auritus

May 26, 2009

I can't believe I ate the whole thing.

You can get squirrel proof feeders but there is no such thing as a raccoon proof feeder.

He obviously wasn't concerned by my presence.

May 25, 2009

Through a green veil


Through a green veil
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
MYTH
Photographing warblers is easy. They sit out in the open, in perfect light doing something interesting.
FACT
They know where ever leaf and twig are and use them to maximum advantage, they never sit in the open and the light is always wrong.

May 23, 2009

Whimbrel


Whimbrel
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
We took some birders out on the boat and had great looks at a number of shore birds.

This is a s close as I've gotten to whimbrel.

Rondeau is a major migration site, lesser known than Point Pelee but still excellent.

May 15, 2009

The majick eye


The majick eye
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Anne found this frog sitting on top of a gate. I think it is a grey tree frog, but I'm not sure. He stood out against the colour of the gate.

I love the eye. Low res due to dial up.

May 11, 2009

Fox snake


Fox snake
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
A 3-4 foot fox snake basked on top of a mound on a trail at Rondeau this weekend, It is either a threatened or endangered species.
Birding was slow and I had the need to photo something.
Have a good week.

May 05, 2009

I'll hide behind this branch so he can't see me.

For non birders this is a very typical look at a bird. There is always a branch in the way assuming you can see it at all.

There are two sides of a tree, the one you're on and the one the bird is on.

May 04, 2009

Here froggy, froggy, froggy.

Snack time at Rondeau?

When there are no birds around anything is fair game for the camera.

May 01, 2009