Over Friendly Birds

Nigel and I headed to Humber Bay park with a special treat for our little feathered friends. Bringing along bird seed will usually guarantee that you will see some sort of bird. Sometimes they are the kind you don’t necessarily want hanging around. 

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

This Canada goose was terribly demanding. It squawked at us if we didn’t immediately hand over some seed. There were also a pair of mallards that were shovelling the food down. Honestly, some birds!

In the nearby pond some Gadwells were feeding on some algae. One got close enough for me to get a good shot. So even though some songbirds came by it was mostly the ducks and geese that pushed and shoved their way to the seed.

Gadwell

Gadwell

From Humber Bay we decided to make our way to Rattray Marsh in Mississauga and see if we could find some different birds. Turns out we were unable to find any different birds within lens range but we did spot a pair of mallards.

Female Mallard

Female Mallard

This female just stood and stared at us while her mate same quickly away. I guess she knew we weren’t much of a threat.

Sam Smith Park

So for the third time in a row I headed to Colonel Sam Smith park for some more photo hunting. Now that the frigid temps are upon us and I’m sure it will only get worse it was time to check out some ice.

Homer

Homer

In the inner pond that feeds out into the lake trapped bubbles have appeared in the newly frozen over area. The shape of these remind me of a melding of Homer Simpson and Pacman. After the exploration of the pond I went over to the lakeside to see what I could find.

Ice Whales

Ice Whales

Lots of ice had formed on the shore with some of the rocks harbouring large pieces of ice further from the shore in the shallows. The two above reminded me to a mama whale and baby whale swimming along. They weren’t the only things “swimming” on the shore. A large group of mallards was headed in my direction with a couple females in the lead.

Female Mallard

Female Mallard

They didn’t notice me right away but when the did they started to veer off. The female gave me a few looks before deciding it was safe to come a little closer. They eventually continued on their way looking for little things to nibble on as they paddled their way around the shore.