July 31, 2009

Hitchcock "The Birds"


Hitchcock "The Birds"
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
A group of Caspian terns flew up as we went by on our pontoon boat.

Love the orange bills.

Have a great long weekend. The weather forecast is great for southern Ontario

July 28, 2009

Can he stick the landing?

The judges are watching closely, it's been a great routine, but, now he needs to stick the landing to take the lead in the competition .

July 27, 2009

To fly like the wind...


To fly like the wind...
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
A sailboarder looked like he was going to lift off while speeding across Rondeau Bay.

July 24, 2009

July 23, 2009

Lazy days of summer


Lazy days of summer
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
The livin' is easy in the halcyon days of summer, but when the leaves fall he better get busy.

He seems to be a hybrid with the white tip to his tail and his mustache.

July 21, 2009

Another hummingbird


Another hummingbird
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
I have been taking dozens if not hundreds of photos of hummingbirds in our yard.

I think this is my favourite so far. I was trying different settings and tried aperture priority and this was the result

July 20, 2009

Where Anne's flowers go


Where Anne's flowers go
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
The flowers in some of Anne's planters keep disappearing, now we know why.
This chipmunk was climbing through the planters eating flowers as it went.

July 17, 2009

The smallest feather


The smallest feather
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
I found this small feather, by accident, and I think it is from a downey woodpecker.

The coin is a Canadian penny, the feather was about 1/4 inch long

July 15, 2009

Dry skin


Dry skin
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Do you ever get dry, itch skin that drives you crazy?

Do like the snakes, shed your entire skin, including eye lids.

Snakes out grow thier skins and they need to be shed. This skin is abour 5 feet long and belonged to a fox snake.

July 14, 2009

Tiny feet


Tiny feet
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Such tiny little feet. It's a wonder they can land on anything.

This is an oriole feeder but the hummers seem to like it

July 13, 2009

Caught the drop, missed the bird.

If you look closely you will see a blurred hummingbird in the top right.

I was trying for the drop and didn't notice the hummer until I viewed it on the monitor.

July 10, 2009

July 09, 2009

Fuzzy head


Fuzzy head
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
This young Ruby throated hummingbird seems to have a few fluffy feathers left.

We had 9 hummingbirds at our three back yard feeders at one time. There is another feeder in the front yard so there are probably more.

July 08, 2009

The Beagle Boys Go Fishing

..or maybe just sun bathing.
They carefully checked out each boat as it went by.

July 07, 2009

Odd looking hummingbird


Odd looking hummingbird
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
This oriole tends to feed at the hummingbird feeder.
The hummer feeds at the oriole feeder so I guess it is only fair.

July 03, 2009

Food fight


Food fight
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Darwin at work. MY food source, back off!
We have been woodpecker central recently, lots of recently fledged woodpeckers coming in to feed.
We have had at least 6 hummingbirds swarming a feeder as well.

Hope you don't have to fight for your food on the weekend.

To my American friends, have a happy Fourth.