This morning I went driving around looking for birds. I did spot the male Screech Owl at Woodland, but he was up inside a pine tree watching his nest and not being photogenic. I dropped by LaSalle Park and as usual lots of geese, swans and ducks about.
This afternoon on my home from working in Toronto I drove along Lakeshore Road to avoid some of the traffic chaos on the Gardner / QEW. I stopped at the Brueckner Rhododendron Gardens in Port Credit. The sky was getting dark and rain was starting. I hurried down to the waterfront and captured this shot of 3 swans mingling with a bunch of ducks. (I am sure that is the scientific name for a group of them!)
This morning I took my lovely wife to work since I needed to drop her car in for some work. On the way out I stopped in at Coronation Park in Oakville, Ontario. I have not been to this park before and I loved it! It was very quiet this morning since it was yet again another overcast and dreary day. As with most of the parks that border Lake Ontario, there were hundreds of Gulls, Geese, a few Swans and Ducks along the shore. The image below is from small creek that empties into the lake. The creek was very smooth and I had a great reflection happening. I waited until I had some Gulls flying overhead and managed to capture 3 of them with a perfect reflection in the creek. Have a great weekend everyone!
On my way home this evening I stopped at the Centre for Inland Waters on Hamilton Harbour. Just to the north of this centre are several man made islands that were built for Gulls and Black Cormorants. There are literally hundreds and hundreds of these birds using these islands and the noise at times is almost deafening. In the background of this image are condos in downtown Burlington.
I went for a walk through Hendrie Valley, part of the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, On this afternoon. I love this area as it takes you along a series of boardwalks through a marshy area teeming with birds and small critters. There is always something to watch. The white swans, geese, ducks and other birds were out and about this afternoon including this pair of Blue Jays.
I was out in Belleville, Ontario today for a few hours and on the way back I went through Brighton and into Presqu’ile Provincial Park along the shores of Lake Ontario. There is a lighthouse there which to be honest is not very nice and difficult to photograph. However there was a lot of build up of ice along the shoreline and swans, gulls and geese were hanging about.
Yesterday we spent a lazy day traveling along the Kenai River for about 9 miles. The weather was beautiful and the birds were out everywhere! For a little while we had a pair of gorgeous Loons cavorting near our boat, which is quite unusual for loons to do.
This morning we went bird watching in several marshes outside of Anchorage. The results were wonderful! We headed to the lodge outside of Sterling, Alaska. We spent most of the rest of the day searching for moose, caribou and bear. Normally this time of year all 3 are easily seen, but today they were all camera shy. We did however see some amazing bald eagles!
This afternoon I visited the Los Angeles Zoo. It was a gorgeous day and most of the animals were out and about. The highlight of the day was the baby tigers! These young lads were playing like crazy and bugging Mom endlessly!
I visited a piece of the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington on Saturday afternoon and took on of my photography students with me. This is a wonderful spot to view all kinds of little critters in their natural habitats playing and chasing each other around!