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)
For another change of pace, my friend Nigel and I decided to head over to the Royal Botantical Gardens in Hamilton to do some birding. We decided to hike the trail along Cootes Paradise Marsh. We definitely choose the perfect trail because there were a lot of birds to photograph along here. A few in particular caught our attention. First a Snowy Egret was calming stalking the fish in the shallows of the lake.
We also watched a Blue Heron, which was out of range for my lens, catch a few fish as he stood stock still waiting for them to swim by. It was fascinating to watch, I just need a much longer lens to get some better shots. I still took the shots but they just didn’t make the cut.
As we continued along the loop I noticed some fungi growing on a log. After I sat my butt down to get a better shot, Nigel brought to my attention that if I looked past the log I would see something better. As I looked up I saw 3 beautiful white-tailed deer, unperturbed by our presence, munching away on the plants only a few feet away.
I was extremely lucky to get this up close and personal shot of one of the smaller deer. To clarify, he’s not sticking her tongue out at my but rather munching on those greens. I just happened to catch him at the right moment. And, that wasn’t the last surprise this place had for us.
Heron Eyeing Swan
As we neared the end of the trail we went off onto a small side trail where we startled a Blue Heron. It didn’t fly too far away before it settled back in the water. It was then that this large white swan started swimming up to the heron. The heron however, was having none of this, glaring at the swan as it swam closer, and then deciding the swan was too close for comfort, he flew away.
I love watching wildlife interactions and I wish they would happen more often when I’m out shooting. Overall it was a great day out and I came away with some good photos.
I felt that it was time for a little change to the routine to keep the creative juices flowing so, today I brought my birding lens with me on my walk. My goal is to capture some of the birds that are feeding and nesting in the creek behind the house.
As I walked down the path I noticed this little squirrel taking a break on a branch. He seems quite comfortable there. My presence didn’t seem to disturb him in the least so I snapped a couple photos and moved on eager to find those elusive birds.
The first bird I spotted was this Blue Jay. He seemed interested enough in me, so much so that he stuck around on this branch for quite some time. Needless to say I have more than enough shots of him. But the surprise of the day was this American Pipit.
Although I didn’t know it at the time that I was photographing him, this little bird was only migrating through our area. Talk about a lucky capture. That’s the second bird I’ve found here that I’ve never seen before and that seems to be passing through. Although secretly I hope that the grosbeaks stay the summer. Bringing my long lens with me today gave me a fun break from that macro lens I’ve been using all spring.
It’s time for another late afternoon walk around the neighbourhood creek. I’ve noticed that the Forget-Me-Nots are starting to appear in more areas of the creek. This bunch was nicely positioned in front of an old log. Such happy little flowers.
As I was photographing the flowers I noticed that a few of the white blossoms from the tree above were raining down on me. When I looked up I saw this little brown bird that I had not seen around here before.
Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak
It turns out it was the female Rose-breasted Grosbeak! Wow! I had no idea that these birds flew through our neck of the woods. And what was this bird doing? She seemed to the plucking the flowers and occasionally casting them aside. Turns out she may be eating them or possibly an insect that might be on them.
It wasn’t too long before I encountered her male counterpart. He decided to stare me down for a few moments before flying off. Isn’t he just so pretty? I wonder if they’ll stay for a while.