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Monday, December 18, 2017

The Majestic Snowy Owl

As time goes with each and every little year that passes, I manage to knock off another species of some animal from my bucket list!  I finally did that with the Snowy Owl...  These Owls live for the most part in the Arctic where they nest and hunt until the winter comes and then like most birds they migrate south for easier hunting and living.  Thankfully south for a Snowy just happens to be where I live, but they will migrate as far south as Florida!  The snowy Owl is one of our largest Owls in North American with a wing span of 4.5 - 5.5 feet!  Certainly the snow is probably our heaviest...  Their diet ranges from anything as small as a mouse to as big as a hare or even a big goose!

Sadly like most a lot of species the Snowy Owl has been put on the vulnerable list in 2017, with numbers of around 28,000 birds...  The owls I photographed here are from Gull Island at Presqu'ile Provincial Park in Brighton Ontario.  Several Owls are here every year to feed on rodents and the plentiful numbers of Arctic Long Tailed Ducks which also migrate to the area for the winter.  If weather co-operates I will be returning to this place for more interaction with the Snowies!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Robins, Robins, and more Robins!!

Normally a Canadian winter consists of cold and snow, but it seems these days with the ever present effects of global warming, winters that we were once use to just don't seem to materialize!  Both the farmers almanac, and the main stream Meteorologists predicted a cold and snowy winter...  Well it just hasn't happened...  at least not yet!

On February the 12th winter tried it's hardest  and we ended up getting a nice blanket of snow, but confusion still loomed....  Robins!!  Lots and lots of Robins!!  From at least the end of January I started noticing these birds around, and while seeing the odd one isn't unusual because many do stay for our winters, what I was seeing was now very unusual...  100's of them!  It seemed no matter where you drove in Belleville, ON you were running into small flocks of Robins...  Sometimes I'd count 12, next time I'd count 30!!

The following images were all shot during the snow storm on February the 12th, where a number of Robins decided that a feast of Crab Apples was on the menu!!