August 23, 2015

Looks like he's doing a John Cleese routine.

This great blue heron was bending, stretching,wing flaring his wings as he stood on a log.


Didn't seem to notice us in our boat getting closer and closer.
We finally left it to finish his routine.

Ardea herodias

Thanks to specially shaped neck vertebrae, Great Blue Herons can curl their neck into an S shape for a more aerodynamic flight profile and to quickly strike prey at a distance.

August 20, 2015

Sittin on a tree in the lake.

Watchin the waves roll in.

No dock and no tide but the same idea.



At the wash out on South Point Trail at Rondeau Provincial Park.

August 19, 2015



I don't know much about kayaking bit I'm pretty sure you are supposed to sit inside the kayak and not ride it like a horse.




Another thing, is this like being in a bay without a paddle similar to being up a creek without a paddle?

August 18, 2015

The Brown-headed Cowbird is a brood parasite, meaning that it lays its eggs in nests of other species.

This chipping sparrow is trying to keep up with the appetite of the much larger cowbird chick.

August 17, 2015

Paddle power.

A kaleidoscope of colours on the beach.


Don't know if there is some sort of canoe/kayak club but there were a lot of them on the beach at Rondeau on the weekend.

August 16, 2015

I took this shot from our boat, the katydid was about 25 feet (8 meters) away on a bouncing reed.
I really didn't think it would turn out but I'm pleased with the result, all things considered.


Grasshopper, crickets and katydids belong to the insect order Orthoptera (meaning "straight-wing") and are best known for their powerful hind limbs and ability to jump. There is a single generation per year with adults most commonly present in late summer. A few species overwinter as nymphs and the adults appear in spring or early summer.

August 13, 2015

Yellow warbler in the evening light.




We are starting to get more warblers through on the fall migration.
Capy May, black and white, redstarts and yellows.
I think this one is a local that nested closeby

Setophaga petechia
Life can be dangerous for a small bird. Yellow Warblers have occasionally been found caught in the strands of an orb weaver spider’s web.

source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

The hummer and the ironweed.

Our ironweed plant is finally starting to bloom.


It draws in lots of butterflies and occasionally a hummingbird.
Not being a fan of manicured lawns our front yard is tall grass prairie.

August 12, 2015

Thereby hangs a tail.

One of the researchers took me along to check on a slink nest today.


The eggs are just about ready to hatch.
When he rolled the log back the adult was wrapped around the eggs but slowly burrowed into the ground.

Plestiodon fasciatus

The five-lined skink is Ontario’s only native species of lizard.