April 26, 2010

It slices, it dices, it chops and purees

I don't know the name but it was certainly sharp. You could use it as a can opener if you could figure out how to hold it with our getting cut.

April 23, 2010

Not what it looks like.


Not what it looks like.
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
We saw these in Australia and I assumed they were domestic chickens/roosters.

They aren't, they are called red jungle fowl and the are wild. According to Wikipedia " The Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus) is a tropical member of the Pheasant family, and is widely believed to be a direct ancestor of the domestic chicken."


Sure was interesting seeing them wandering in the jungle.

April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day


Happy Earth Day
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Trout Lilly, Rondeau Provincial Park

Meet Bob the Racoon


Meet Bob the Racoon
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Not sure how it happened but Bob is tailless.
He looks like a very small bear wandering around the neighbourhood.
He's a little camera shy so I couldn't get him in profile.

April 21, 2010

A pile of piles.


A pile of piles.
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Batteries were originally called voltaic piles.
So we have a pile of piles.
Sorry, but I enjoyed that.

April 20, 2010

Painted Lady


Painted Lady
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Could be a Painted Gentleman I suppose.
As long as they know the difference.

April 19, 2010

Perpetual motion


Perpetual motion
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
This little bundle of energy is a Winter Wren. Much smaller than a house wren with a short, sharply cocked tail, this bird seems to be in continuous motion.

April 16, 2010

What’s this yellow cap for?

She's messing with my head again.
She said it with a straight face.
I maybe partially colour blind but even I know this is red.
Anne didn't realize she had said yellow instead of blue. With her sense of humour I couldn't be sure if she was messing with me or if it was a slip of the tongue.

April 15, 2010

White Throated Sparrow


White Throated Sparrow
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
The white throats showed up in large numbers this morning. This one just finished splashing around in the water.
Easily identifiable with there white throats and yellow lores - the yellow eyebrows.

April 14, 2010

A Sunday ride. Look closely.

Not that's a puppy packing papa if I ever saw one.
They told us that the dog is happy to ride this way, it is always looking back to see where it came from.

April 13, 2010

Devil eyes


Devil eyes
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
I find kingfishers hard to photograph as they are skittish and don't let you get close.

Anne managed this shot in a high wind. I don't think it heard the car until we were closer than usual

April 12, 2010

As Seen On TV, or maybe in New Zealand

When I saw this I actually laughed out loud.

Seen in the washroom of the bar at Southseas Hotel on Stewart Island New Zealand.

To answer the question before it is asked, No I don't take a camera to the washroom, I had to go back and get it.

April 09, 2010

The view is really good from up here.

Big turtle, little turtle were stacked on a log.....
Sounds like the start of a joke.
Pair of map turtles.

After unseasonably warm weather we had snow flurries this morning, thunderstorms last night. No such thing as climate change, right?

April 08, 2010

Tastes like chicken


Tastes like chicken
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Right. I think I'll stay with chicken.

I never saw the appeal of eating rat, musk or otherwise, snails, turtle (endangered) or other "game".
And who was the first guy to decided that a lobster looked good enough to eat?
My grandfather was from Scotland. Over there porridge in a sheeps stomach ( haggis) is high cuisine. For desert you can have a deep fried Mars bar.

April 07, 2010

Maggie plays hide and go seek.

In her version she covers her eyes, you go hide and she will seek you out when she gets hungry

April 06, 2010

Yellow shafted flicker


A flicker on Flickr
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
A yellow shafted flicker came to the yard and this was taken through the Wonderful Wildlife Window.

You can see the main field marks, the red on the back of the head, the dark bib and the moustache of the male bird. The yellow feathers are in the underside and can't be seen in this shot

April 05, 2010

Yellow bellied sapsucker

Large numbers of yellow bellied sapsuckers and brown creepers showed up in the park over the weekend.
This sapsucker just wouldn't come in for a closeup.

April 01, 2010

Golden Crowned Kinglet


Golden Crowned Kinglet
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Rondeau Provincial Park was flooded with these tiny, quick moving birds in the last few days.
Spring seems to be coming in a big rush.

Golden Crowned Kinglet


Golden Crowned Kinglet
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Rondeau Provincial Park was flooded with these tiny, quick moving birds in the last few days.
Spring seems to be coming in a bir rush.