I was sitting out on the patio this evening with my camera in hopes of catching something interesting.
I got lucky when a robin decided to visit. She look a little rough land in this photo seem to be a one-legged robin. Okay, she wasn’t really one-legged but she kept sitting there staring at me with her foot up. It looked so odd. Eventually she had enough and flew away. After her brief visit I decided to explore the garden and work on some close-up photography.
This closeup is of a cherry tree that is over 40 years old and unfortunately will not be around much longer. The trunk has been split open for years and the main branches have broken in the past due to the weight of the cherries. Nowadays there are very little cherries to eat in the hot summer sun so its time for this tree to go and a new one to take its place.
After spending a couple hours taking photos of Santa and loads of children at work, I decided to stop by Humber Bay to get photos of the local water birds. It was beautiful weather – the sun was out and the temps were on the warmer side for early December.
The ducks were out in force. I’m not sure if that was the weather or if they always congregate here. It is a secluded spot and great shelter if the weather does turn. I just never suspected there to be so many of them.
There were so many types of ducks here. Its the most I’ve seen here at one time. There were Buffleheads, Gadwells, Hooded Mergansers and, of course, Mallards along with a few others.
The male mergansers were putting on quite the show. I’m not sure if they were trying to impress the ladies or just fighting between themselves. Whatever they were doing the ladies were unimpressed.
By the end of the day I had way too many photos of the ducks and it was time to get these photographs into the computer to see what I had captured.
My friend Nigel and I headed to the Royal Botanical Gardens this morning. Our goal was to photograph some of the local birds that were sticking around for winter.
Things were a little quiet as we started hiking the trail and we weren’t sure we would find any birds to photograph. Luckily, about halfway down the trail we found a number of different birds with a surprise visit from a red-bellied woodpecker. We were also visited by a Downey woodpecker and a Blue Jay.
As we headed further along the trail we spotted a nuthatch who came a little closer in the hopes of some seed.
Although the start of the hike was very quiet we were successful in getting our photographs of the local bird life. A very successful day on the trail.
I went back to the Humber Recreational Trail today for a nice long bike ride. I wanted to see how far I could get and I’m sure glad I decided to go further. I found a large pond and in it, I found a White Egret wading.
And then as I sat there a Great Blue Heron flew past and into a tree. This is the first time I’ve ever seen a heron perch in a tree. I usually see them wading along the shores of the river.
What a lucky sight. I’m definitely coming back to the spot to see what else I can find here.
Today was the day of the duck on the Humber Recreational Trail. I biked out to the path to my favourite birding spot at Esther Lorrie Park located right on the trail. It’s always the place to find ducks. And there were ducks aplenty today.
This juvenile duck was just getting his colouring which made for a fascinating pattern on his head.
It wasn’t long before the ladies waddled their way along the grass and into the water to find a good “napping” spot as they float on the river. A peaceful, sunny day on the river. I could almost take a nap here myself.