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Old Wooden Piles at Sunrise

Travel Tuesday this week is continuing my look back at some of the overlooked photos from the 52 week photo project I did in 2018.

Early May saw me down on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise. I used my telephoto zoom to isolate the old wooden piles sticking out of the water with the sunrise reflected in the bay.

Travel Tuesday: Old Wooden Piles
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Snowy Owl

My Saturday Bird this week is the Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus). It is a winter visitor to southern Canada and the northern U.S. in variable numbers year to year.

This individual lingered in southern Ontario in the spring and was photographed in early May. I suspect that it was digesting a recent meal as there was mud and a trace of blood around the birds bill.

Saturday Bird: Snowy Owl
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Common Frog tadpole

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is returning to the life cycle of the Common Frog (Rana temporaria).

My last post showed three recently hatched tadpoles on the remains of the frogspawn.

The tadpoles have grown considerably. Their external gills have disappeared and they now resemble a fairly typical tadpole.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Common Frog tadpole
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Spring Sunrise

My Travel Tuesday post this week returns to my look back at some of the overlooked photos from the 52 week photo project I did as part of this blog in 2018.

Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise with some light mist over the water in early April.

Travel Tuesday: 4th May 2021
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Tree Swallow

My Saturday Bird this week is the Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor).

A migratory member of the swallow family found in the Americas. The species nests either in isolated pairs or loose groups, in both natural and artificial cavities.

This individual is perched on a tree swallow nestbox, one of a group of eight in the area. The nestboxes are number allowing ornithologists to study the breeding success of the group of birds.

The species is one of the most highly studied birds in the world but there are still aspects of their behaviour that biologists can’t explain.

Saturday Bird: Tree Swallow
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Male Common Linnet

My Saturday Bird this week is the Common Linnet (Linaria cannabina), a member of the finch family.

The species breeds in Europe, the western Palearctic and North Africa. It is partially resident although northern and eastern birds move south for the winter.

The species is in serious decline in Europe with a population decrease of 62% since 1980.

The red breast on this bird makes it a male. It was photographed bathing in an abandoned orchard at Faddiley near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England in early spring.

Saturday Bird: Male Common Linnet
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Range Light at Dawn

My Travel Tuesday post this week is the range light at the mouth of the Saugeen River on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario at dawn.

Taken 13 years ago today.

Travel Tuesday: 20th April 2021