A Trial in Fuji

My friend, Nigel (@nigelbanks57) suggested a walk at Colonel Sam Smith park with one little change. We were both going to use his Fuji cameras rather than me using my Nikon. So off we went with our Fujis in hand to find something to shoot on this sunny day in the park. Heading to a small hidden beach we decided to take a short lunch break.



There were a lot of birds busy doing their day-to-day things but this grackle decided it might be worthwhile to come in for a closer look. Or possibly looking for some crumbs from our sandwiches.

Red-Winged Black Bird

Red-Winged Black Bird

Not to be outdone the red-winged blackbird came by for a visit as well.

Mama and Ducklings

Mama and Ducklings

Moving on from the beach we headed down to a a small pond where we spotted this mom with ducklings.

Green Heron

Green Heron

On the other side of the pond we spotted a Green Heron. What a find!

It’s always challenging to switch cameras but I didn’t do too badly. ?

It’s Feeding Time

I brought out my long lens in the hopes of capturing some of the birds that visit my backyard. I got more than I had hoped.



First, this little sparrow came hopping over to me before realizing it was getting a little too close but I was able to snap a pic before it flew off.

Robin with Worm

Robin with Worm

Then this robin got himself a large worm to feed the family. Although this photo on the fence is a great angle I much prefer the photo below.

Robin 2 with Worm

Robin 2 with Worm

The robin in the cherry tree is in a more natural environment. Not bad for backyard photos of the local birds.

A Chilly Mourning Dove

I was spending some time chatting with my mom and dad in the sunroom when my dad spotted them.

Birds of a Feather

He had spotted a pair of mourning doves sitting on the plum tree branch just outside the window. 

Mourning Dove

I took this photo of one of them as they were enjoying the warm rays of the sun.

Not Just For The Ducks

I’m back at the Humber River Recreational Trail today and I’m hoping to find something a little more interesting than I did last week.


I was greeted again by the mallard as I came onto the trail. Maybe I should give him a name so I can greet him next time?

Canada Goose

Canada Goose was not to be outdone, so he ambled up to say “hi” as well.

Cooper’s Hawk

I had a surprise visitor when I headed up the trail on the Humber campus grounds. This gorgeous Cooper’s Hawk was a little too far away for a great photo but I was more than happy to get some shots before he flew away.

Just a Couple of Ducks

I went out for a walk along the Humber River Recreational Trail today. As I started on the trail I was greeted by this beautiful mallard.


This is the extent of the colour I found along the trail other than brown. Loads and loads of brown. As far as the eye can see. That is the problem with the in-between seasons. Just a sea of brown. Did I mention everything was brown? LOL


As I finished up my walk, the mallard and his lady came out to bid me farewell. (She blends in with that sea of brown. Hahaha)

Nuthatch Love

Today I headed out to Claireville to take photos at the feeders just off the main trail/road.

The Old Bridge

I had to get some shots of the bridge. It’s one of the more interesting things to photograph here in Claireville. The shadows from the late day sun from vines and the other side give this photo a lot of character.


At the feeder, the nuthatches were flying back and forth getting their food for the day.

Grabbing a Snack

They are even willing to land on your hand if you have some seeds to share with them.

I had a lot of fun getting photos of the birds and always look forward to the cold temps when it’s okay to feed them like this. In summer they are too busy to be bothered with us and our seeds when there is so much more to eat.