Posted by: Phil | June 18, 2017

The Pied-Billed Grebe.

This bird was seen on one of the ponds in the garden for at least two weeks, continually calling and looking for a mate. It finally left without one. The most common grebe in North America. When scared it plunges underwater and re-appears further away.

Pied-Billed Grebe

Canon T2i, Canon zoom lens EF-S 55-250 mm, iso 125, f/5.6, 1/400 sec.

Posted by: Phil | June 11, 2017

A rarity!

In the eastern part of Canada seeing the Northern Shoveler is rare, very rare. Typically this bird is seen mainly in the Prairies and the U.S mid-west. I could not believe my eyes when I saw it along with the female. The picture here is of the male. I knew that this duck was rare when I saw the bill. A nice bird.

Northern Shoveler.

Canon T2i, Canon zoom lens EF-S 55-250 mm, iso 100, f/5.6, 1/500 sec.

Posted by: Phil | June 4, 2017

Here I am!

I was patiently waiting near the den of of the foxes when suddenly this little guy appeared. He seemed to be surprised by me. This picture is from mid-April.

Here I am!

Canon T2i, Canon EF-S 55-250 zoom lens, f/5.6, iso 1600, 1/160 sec.

Posted by: Phil | May 28, 2017

Mallard ducks sleeping.

This picture was taken in early April. I chanced upon a pair of Mallard ducks about to sleep, in nice sunshine. A nice pair.

Mallard ducks sleeping.

Canon T2i, Canon zoom EF-S 55-250 mm, iso 160, f/5.6, 1/320 sec.

Posted by: Phil | May 21, 2017

Young foxes at the garden!

Every year new foxes are born at the garden, and this year is no exception. In all, 12 young foxes were born to two families. These three were probably born in early March.

Young foxes at the garden!

Canon T2i, Canon zoom lens EF-S 55-250 mm, iso 320, f/5.6, 1/400 sec.

Posted by: Phil | May 14, 2017

Owl butterfly!

I decided to go this year to the Butterfly go Free event at the garden and I was rewarded with some good images. I wanted to try my new lens with stabilization and I must admit that I was surprised by how well it works. This owl butterfly was in a perfect position for me.

Owl butterfly at the garden.

Canon T2i, Canon zoom lens EF-S 55-250 mm, iso 250, f/5.6, 1/160 sec.

Posted by: Phil | May 7, 2017

Hawk building a nest!

In the garden right now Cooper’s hawks are building a nest. It is fascinating to watch them cutting twigs to construct the nest. It is strange that twigs and branches on the ground will not be taken, only those that are still attached to the branches.

Hawk building a nest!

Canon T2i, Canon zoom lens 55-250 stm, iso 400, f/5.6, 1/250 sec.

Posted by: Phil | April 30, 2017

The Saw-whet owl.

I was so happy to discover this very small owl seemingly sleeping on a branch in broad daylight. It was a frigid morning and I had not taken a single picture. i was amazed when I saw it. I approached cautiously afraid that it might depart but in fact it stayed there for a long time.

The Saw-whet owl.

Canon T2i, Canon zoom lens ef-s 55-250 mm, iso 250, f/9.0, 1/400 sec.

Posted by: Phil | April 23, 2017

Mourning dove eating seeds.

This picture was taken in mid-March of this year. It was a sunny morning and as I was looking at a feeding station for birds this dove arrived. It was not alone but with another one. I was able to get very close to it

Mourning dove eating seeds.

Canon T2i, Canon zoom lens EF-S 55-250 mm stm, iso 100, f/5.6, 1000/sec

Posted by: Phil | April 16, 2017

The elephant.

Every year the Festival of Lights in Montreal brings joy and light to a dreary winter, and this year was no exception. For this year, we had various light sculptures including this one that I really liked, the elephant.

The elephant.

Canon T2i, Canon zoom lens 75-300 mm, iso 1600, f/7.1, 1/100.

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