January 28, 2013

Baby it's cold outside.

Baby it's cold outside. by ricmcarthur
Baby it's cold outside., a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
This white winged dove is a creature of the desert southwest and doesn't look like it is used to snow and ice.

He's all puffed up against the cold.
He has been here for at least two days at the Rondeau Provincial Park visitor centre.

We saw lots of these down in Texas but it's the first one up here.

Zenaida asiatica

January 25, 2013

Hiding in plain sight.

Hiding in plain sight. by ricmcarthur
Hiding in plain sight., a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
An Eastern screech owl sitting in a hollow tree next to a parking lot.
We weren't food and we weren't a predator so it ignored us

Megasops asio

January 24, 2013

The look

The look by ricmcarthur
The look, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
Parents, teachers and cops all have "The Look".
When you see it you know it's all over.

January 23, 2013


Surprise!! by ricmcarthur
Surprise!!, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
We saw this pigeon(?) at the zoo in Brownsville, Texas.
Don't know the species but I liked the surprised look on its face.

January 22, 2013


Manta by ricmcarthur
Manta, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
Not sure why it was so far up the beach but I assume it was after food.
It staid for a moment then retreated with the waves.

It isn't a manta ray, those are very large and this one was small.
It was about 15 inches across and 30 inches long.
If you know the proper name please let me know.

January 18, 2013

Ringed Kingfisher

Ringed Kingfisher by ricmcarthur
Ringed Kingfisher, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
The ringed kingfisher has a very large bill, chestnut breast and belly.
About 16 inches long, 41 cm, and prefers marshes and slow moving water.
He is much bigger than the belted kingfisher we have in Ontario. Ours is about 13
in. - 33cm, in length.

We saw this one in southeast Texas.

Ceryle torquatus

January 17, 2013

Everything old is new again.

Wind power, I prefer the old to the new due to government policies which puts them in migratory bird migration routes among other stupid things.

January 07, 2013

Passing at 900 miles per hour

We were going this a way and he was going that a way, both flying at 450 miles per hour.
I looked out the window and saw it coming so I grabbed my camera and took a quick photo.
Surprised it turned out.

January 06, 2013

Winter, pretty to look at,

Winter, pretty to look at, by ricmcarthur
Winter, pretty to look at,, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
unless you have to shovel it,walk on slippery sidewalks or drive on icy roads.
IT also means your heating bill is going up,up,up......

January 04, 2013

Red Throated loon

Red Throated loon by ricmcarthur
Red Throated loon, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
We were looking for another bird, which we didn't see, when we spotted this red throated loon.
It's in non breeding plumage so it doesn't have a red throat.

It was a fair way out in the lake but I was able to get a reasonable photo of this life bird.

Gavia Stellata