June 28, 2013
Basically a black bird with bright orange patches on its wings and tail.
This is one of the spring warblers we get in the yard during spring migration.
They look like the want to be a baltimore oriole when they grow up.
June 27, 2013
These are map turtles that were basking on the shore.
Hardened shore lines make it difficult for turtles to haul out of the water. This is particularly important when the females are looking for nesting sites.
Canada lists the Northern Map Turtle as a species of special concern.
June 26, 2013
The Canadian Tiger Swallowtail is an avid mud-puddler and sometimes hundreds will gather at the same small puddle, jostling for position. In this case we had four but there was a steady stream of them coming and going.
The Tiger Swallowtail is one of our most recognizable butterflies. You can identify it by its large size and bright yellow color with black tiger stripes.
Male tiger swallowtails have a few orange and blue spots near the tail.
June 25, 2013
This is the first time the expression actually made sense.
This is used to get concrete into a tight space. Maybe they were putting in a swimming pool.
June 24, 2013
We have omnivore chipmunks that will "disappear" a bird, so action was needed.
Anne picked it up and held it in her hands and sheltered it until it revived.
It started to move its wings and Anne could feel the breeze on her palm just as the hummingbird lifted off and flew to a tree.
After it rested it flew to the feeder and had a meal.
Hopefully it is no worse for the experience.
June 21, 2013
The white stork is about 40 inches tall and has a wing span between 6 and 7 feet.
According to ARKive
"The white stork has a stout body, distinctive long neck and slender legs for wading. The iridescent black wing feathers contrast with the bright white plumage of the head, neck and body, and a patch of black skin surrounds the eyes. The bare legs and straight, conical bill possess a strong red colour that is acquired as the bird reaches adulthood"
June 20, 2013
He is a skulker moving around in the grass looking for insects.
June 19, 2013
We saw it on our birding trip to Spain.
The common name of this bird arises from the distinctive band of black plumage that runs around the throat, from eye to eye, giving the appearance of a necklace or a collar. The rest of the head, and also the back, are a sandy brown , and the belly and rump are white . The black, forked tail and dark brown wings are long and narrow , and the wings have rust-coloured linings. The short, hooked beak is black with a red base. There is little to distinguish male collared pratincoles from females and, for both sexes, breeding adults have cream-coloured throats.
Juveniles lack the distinctive head decorations of the adults, and also differ in the plumage of the back, which has a scaled pattern.
June 18, 2013
This is a european bee-eater about 12 inches (29 cm) in length.
It has incredible colours which a field guide describes as "exotically rich and gaudy plumage colours".
Umistakeable with bright yellow throat, bluish underbody, yellowish-white shoulder patches and red-brown crown/back and inner wing-panel above.
Give a 4 year old a box of crayons and ask them to colour a bird and this is the type of thing you would probably get.
June 17, 2013
The river was flowing strongly from the snow melt up in the Pyrenees.
It was still able to collect lots on insects from the shoreline.
It came back to this rock in the middle of the river on a regular basis making the photo possible.
June 14, 2013
We saw these birds two or three times on our birding trip and this one posed rather nicely.
This was one of our must see birds for the trip.
Our guide was excellent and we saw almost every bird we had hoped for.
June 13, 2013
It watched me closely but didn't move until I was about 10 feet away.
Extremely fast, it was gone in the blink of an eye.
It is the only species of lizard found in Ontario.
It is a small, smooth-bodied lizard, with black or grey colouring and five white or yellow stripes along the back. The colour pattern diminishes with age as the stripes darken, and the contrast is less apparent in adults. Juveniles have bright blue tails, but this also diminishes with age. In adults, the tail is grey. Adult males can be distinguished from females by their broader heads and bright orange jaws and chin. Adults can reach a length of 20 centimetres. Skinks are very active predators, and they dart quickly from place to place looking for insects, worms or other invertebrates.
Source - ROM
June 12, 2013
It has both the reflection and the shadow on the bottom of the pond.
It has a long, low body and a long slender neck. The head plumes are unmistakeable.
June 11, 2013
Things have settled down to 3 or perhaps four now.
They are aggressive and don't like to share the feeders.
This one was taking advantage of a break on the action to fuel up.
Male has a fiery red throat, iridescent green back and a forked tail. It is 3 3/4 inches long (10cm).
It is common in the eastern U.S. and Canada.
June 10, 2013
Good field marks include the black legs with yellow feet and black bill.
The bird is about 25 inches (64cm) in length.
June 07, 2013
We were at a family wedding and took time to do some birding.
The great tit is about 6 inches long and its fileld marks included yellow underparts with a black central band, glossy black head with big white cheek patches, moss green back and a narrow white wink bar on blue-grey wings.
It is one of the more colourful birds that we saw in europe.
June 06, 2013
personally, I never liked worms.
A common bird in North America seen in woodlands, towns, parks laws and farm lands.
The robin has an erect stance, does short runs and then pauses.
IT has a dark grey back and a brick red breast. It has dark stripes on a white throat. The males head and tail are blackish and the underparts are a solid deep reddish colour.
The females colours are duller.
June 05, 2013
If you're on a boat you can get closer.
There was a flock of 13 ruddy turnstones on the breakwater near the marina where we keep our pontoon boat.
We had the unusual perspective of being below the birds as they feed on midges.
I had a problem focusing as the grasses along the edge of the breakwater keep getting in the way.
This one came so close it was at the edge of my close focus.
It isn't often that I complain that a bird is too close to focus on.
June 04, 2013
I continued walking and saw something on the path ahead of me.
A fawn was on the path moving in the same direction the adult deer had gone.
We looked at each other for about 5 seconds which was about 1 second more than the fawn felt comfortable with.
It scurried off into the brush at the side of the trail and I was able to get a few photos.
I don't know if the blue eye is a trick of the light as deer have brown eyes.
June 02, 2013
Do you think the iphone generation will recognize this?, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
How many young tourists who use their smart phones for cameras would know what this represents. Truly old school.