Birds

February 17, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

This post is going to the birds. One of the things I love to do is watch the birds who visit the backyard feeder. They are entertaining and if you watch for some time you will get to know their personalities as you see them preen, compete for the best seeds, and feed their young. The pair pictured above sat on the fence for a while. The entire time they sat, the baby bird tried to convince mom that she should feed him. Mom managed to ignore him until the last shot where she gave him a look!

The cardinals always come in pairs, quite often she will eat while he sits in the tree a little ways away, watching over her. In the spring the pair bring their young one and take turns feeding him.

The blue jays are noisy, nasty birds. They are beautiful but they have no hesitation in chasing away competitors for seeds. Their favourites are the black sunflower seeds. We get dozens of sparrows, nuthatches, chickadees, mourning doves and finches as well.

We could fill the feeder everyday but every now and then it stays full and we know that there has been a bird of prey in the area. Everything stays quiet for a couple of days before the smaller birds brave a trip for some seed.

I've been lucky to have captured some shots of birds of prey. Most of these were captive birds at a bird of prey rescue at Mountsberg Conservation Area in Flamborough.

The most recent and (to me) most amazing was the snowy owl that I saw on my way home from work on Feb 13 2014. He was sitting high up on a treetop. He wasn't afraid of me, he just kept looking around and watching me at the same time.

This hawk had divebombed a tree and snagged a bird in there for dinner.

The turkey vulture is a sinister looking eating machine.

Over the years we've had lots of fun taking seeds to Cherry Hill Gate at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton, Ontario to hand feed the chickadees and nuthatches. Along the way you are sure to see woodpeckers as well.

Living outside of the city allows a lot of opportunity to photograph birds that are generally afraid of people. Great Blue Herons fly away as soon as you get close so you have to be quick with the camera to capture magnificent shots of these graceful beauties.

Ducks are plentiful in ponds and lakes as well as parks with water features.

One of my favourite places I have visited on my bird travels is a place called Swallowville. I hope to make return trips throughout the seasons and to continue to update my bird page.


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