November 20, 2012

Blue on green

Blue on green by ricmcarthur
Blue on green, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
Dragonflies are amazing to watch.
A little like hummingbirds, they can hover,backup and fly with incredible manoeuvrability.
Their colours are interesting as well.

November 16, 2012

White throated sparrow.

White throated sparrow. by ricmcarthur
White throated sparrow., a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
As far as bird names go this one is fairly accurate.
It does have white stripes on its head and yellow eye brows (yellow lores) but the bright white throat is the main filed identifier for me.

zonotrichia albicollis

November 15, 2012

Long-billed Curlew

Long-billed Curlew by ricmcarthur
Long-billed Curlew, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
I just love the bill on this bid.
The bill can be up to 8 1/2 inches long.

Numenius americanus

November 14, 2012

Northern pintail

Northern pintail by ricmcarthur
Northern pintail, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
This is one of the easier ducks to identify. It does have long thin pin feathers in breeding plumage.


An easier id is the white line going up the side of the neck.

Anas acuta

November 08, 2012

Tree kangaroo

Tree kangaroo by ricmcarthur
Tree kangaroo, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
This is one of many species of tree kangaroos in Australia.
We were lucky enough to find this one up a tree.
Looks odd up there doesn't he?

November 07, 2012

Paradise shell duck chicks

PAradise shell duck chicks by ricmcarthur
PAradise shell duck chicks, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
This is an older photo from our trip to New Zealand in 2009.
We found a family of shell ducks working a shallow stream along the roadside.
The parents were nearby and were paying close attention to their brood.

November 06, 2012

Northern saw-whet owl

Northern saw-whet owl by ricmcarthur
Northern saw-whet owl, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
A friend found this saw-whet roosting in a tree in the campground at Rondeau Provincial Park.

He must have investigated every pine tree becuase this owl was very well hidden and difficult to photograph.

He was looking at something of to the right so I couldn't get a full face shot.

aegolius acadicus

November 05, 2012

The Buck stopped here.

The Buck stopped here. by ricmcarthur
The Buck stopped here., a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
This is probably the largest deer we have seen in the park and certainly the largest seen from the yard.
He casually feed while keeping an eye on the cottage.
Seen through the wonderful wildlife window.

November 02, 2012

November 01, 2012

White winged cross bill

White winged cross bill by ricmcarthur
White winged cross bill, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
While this is not a great photo it does show the various field marks including the wing bars yellow batch on the rump and the crossed bill.
Taken through a dirty window in poor light.

Loxia leucoptera