20150608-09 Local birdies and turtles are active

On Monday we trekked in on the Forest Access Road and saw a flitting Yellow Warbler.

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The Highbush Cranberries are starting to bloom with the typical (Viburnum) sterile attractor blossoms surrounding the smallish fertile blossoms.

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The goslings are growing very quickly.

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All turtles,( Spotted, Blanding’s, Painted and Snappers) are nesting nowadays, often on the shoulders of roads.  Lady Snapper :

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Tuesday was a  calm clear day, very nice for getting out in the blackflies!

I saw and photographed my very first Blackburnian Warbler.  It was very elusive, flitting from branch to branch

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A skipper(?) on a blue flag:

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Blanding’s turtle

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.. shares a pond with a Painted…

 

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Culvert is  getting clogged.  Roadway will flood in a couple of days unless the backhoe comes along to unplug it.  Beavers doing their thing!

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Long shot of very very wary Great Blue Heron.

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These guys are also singing.  Proper little divas!

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Wood Duck on the Old Still River Road creek.

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I think I saw about two dozen turtles the last few days.  A MNR biologist stopped and queried me about what I was seeing.  Apparently the Species at Risk group have blown my cover!    He also noted the intense nesting season this year.

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Experiment:   Extremely bright reflection of direct sun off of lily pads.  At the limits of the lens/camera:  f/8 (f/22 equivalent for full frame cameras in terms of DoF and Diffraction) and 1/16,000 second (shortest shutter interval for this camera.)   Worth clicking on to see the specular reflections.  Converted to B&W.

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Nice back-lit sprig of Wild Rose.

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Jonathan Livingston patrolling Marlene’s Chip Stand.

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“PLEASE, give me a french fry!”

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Up to Sudbury tomorrow for a change of scenery.  I might detour to Burwash on the way home, if time and weather permits.

 

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