Turkey Stampede

Today I’m went to bring in the new year with some winter bird photography with my friend Nigel. We headed out to the other side of Toronto to visit Lynde Shores Conservation Area. It’s one of our favourite areas to find birds. The park has a trail with a few feeders so you will always find some sort of bird and if you are lucky you will find more than just one type of bird. 

Blue Jay
Female Cardinal

We were not there long before a large group of turkeys ran in our direction in the hopes of getting some food.

Is it my turn yet?

After over an hour of photogrpahing the birds on this trail, we drove over to the west side of the park. There we found more birds but we also found four white-tailed deer wandering the forest near the paths.

Fluffed up Mourning Dove
White-tailed Deer

I love coming out to the area as it never disappoints. You can always see a wide variety of birds and hopefully the occasional deer to break the bird parade.

Cold Nights in Killbear

It’s been a week since the heat wave and the camping trip to Tobermory, Ontario and this time I’m camping with my friend Nigel in Killbear Provincial Park. The weather this time around is not as friendly as last week. Temps are back to the regular cool temps of late September here in the middle of Ontario.

White Tailed Deer

White Tailed Deer

When we arrived it was raining so we timed getting our tent up in-between spurts of rain. Once the tent was up we decided to drive around the park and see which trails we would do the next day. On our way through the campground we found some deer grazing in the grasses.

Since the light rain wasn’t looking like it would let up we decided that instead of making dinner in the rain we would head to town and get warmed up at a local place.

It was a chilly night’s sleep and I was glad to be up and around the next day. The rain had cleared and we had beautiful blue skies great us for our morning hike and some infrared shooting.

Lone Pine Killbear PP

Lone Pine Killbear PP

And of course you can’t miss photographing the small things:

From Darkness

From Darkness

Our last evening was going to be another cold one but we had some plans to hang by the fire before heading out to the photograph the windswept tree at night. 

Killbear Tree at Night

Killbear Tree at Night

As we photographed different angles of the tree we started to notice something happening on the water. A beautiful mist started rising up and moving along the top of the water. Added to that the moon’s glow made it seem eerie as you watched this mist move this way and that. 

Enveloping Mist

Enveloping Mist

I could have watched it all night but we had to get some sleep as we were heading home the next day. How quickly the weekends end when there is so much to photograph.

 

A Trip to Lynde Shores

It had been awhile since Nigel and I had headed out to Lynde Shores so today we went for a little look-see. It was a great day to be out and we found a lot of critters on our walk. There is a specific trail in the park that has an abundance of animals, mostly due to the fact that they are well fed in the winter. We had brought along some seed as well and it wasn’t long before we had geese following us and squawking in the hopes of getting more food but we ignored them and pushed on.

We found the perfect tree to put out some seed and soon we were inundated by birds and other little critters. First up was a little chipmunk. He was not overly frightened of us but was startled by the slightest movement.

Chipmunk

Chipmunk

It was then that the Nuthatch appeared.

White Breasted Nuthatch

White Breasted Nuthatch

Followed by some Blue Jays.

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Not to be outdone by the other birds the Grackles soon appeared to get their share.

Grackel

Grackle

Continuing along the trail we spotted some deer and before they ran off I was able to get some quick shots of one of them.

White Tailed Deer

White Tailed Deer

Before leaving the park we wanted to check one more trail out by the marsh and as we walked through the entrance a female cardinal greeted us.

Female Cardinal

Female Cardinal

There were few more birds and a squirrel by the marsh and after a few quick shots we headed home.

Another successful spring day out at Lynde Shores Conservation Area.

Sentinel

It was late afternoon before I decided to rip myself away from my computer and get out for a short walk at Claireville Conservation Area. Now, normally I park my car at the Finch Ave. entrance and head straight into the park from there, however, there is another path to the right that takes you under the Steeles Ave. and Highway 407 bridges and out into another section of the park I rarely explore. Boy was I glad I decided to do this trail. As I went under the bridges and turned a corner there he was. He was magnificent. A beautiful young white-tailed deer stood there just staring back at me.

White Tailed Deer

White Tailed Deer

He stuck around for quite awhile and put up with me changing lenses to get better shots. I could tell he wasn’t super happy about my being there and yet he seemed curious enough to stick around. There certainly were plenty of ways to run away but the most he did was saunter down the road and then looked back at me. I thought he finally gave up when he walked uphill out of my site but then he showed up at the top of the hill right above me.

Sentinel

Sentinel

I mean, wow! How cool is that? I didn’t want to bug him too much longer so I packed up and went back the way I came. I couldn’t wait to get home and see what I shot. I certainly wasn’t prepared to be stumbling on such a gem on my walk.