Monday, June 11, 2012

Still Hiking The Cross Country Ski Trail of The Vermilon River. A Post To MWT and WBW.

 These photos are all from the cross country ski trail. It's a good trail to hike, not only because the trail is easy, but because of the access to the River, which makes for easy spots to rest in  the sun.

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 This is a dog leg in the River, as well as an extremely wide point. On the far side is a wetland, while the fast water channel is on this side.
 I caught this Adult Osprey hunting the River and the wetlands again.


 Female Hairy Woodpecker.

 Male Northern Flicker, distinguished by the black mustache, more visible in photo 2.

There are two separate sets of Mallard Ducklings on the big wetland. I expect a predator has got one of the females. But the second set of ducklings seem to obey the remaining female.

 Green-winged Teals.
 The Geese are crossing a shallow in the wetland on the far side of the River.
Mature Geese.

 This is a series of Red-eyed Vireo shots clearly showing the red eye.



 Palm Warbler.
 Male Redstart.
 Male Common Yellow-throat Warbler.
 A whole series of Chestnut-sided Warblers.



 Female Red-winged Blackbird.
 Song Sparrow.
 Black-capped Chickadee.
 Common Grackle giving the eye.
 Monarch Butterfly,both photos, on Devil's Paintbrush.

 Canadian Tiger Swallowtail
 Wood Satyr
Red Admiral.
 Question Mark which we now know how to ID thanks to Texwisgirl, i.e. the dash over the dot on the open wing.

 Common Daisy
 Honey Suckle.
Canada Nettle.

A Post To MWT and WBW.

69 comments:

  1. The Canada Nettle is different to any I've seen, quite pretty.

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  2. So much in Nature to see. Wonderful photos as always.

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  3. Amazing the wingspan of an osprey! You see so many beautiful warblers on your hiking trips. I find them very difficult to photograph as they never stay still for long. I envy you.

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  4. really like your osprey in flight shots. a great bunch of photos again.

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  5. Hi Gary

    Great shots of the Osprey and I love how blue your water is.

    Guy

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  6. That osprey is stunning, I can only dream of seeing one of those over here in the UK.
    Shaun Valleys ShutterBug

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  7. Wonderful shots of bird in flight.

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  8. I do love the osprey and how different your world looks now that spring has really arrived! Beautiful birds and flowers as always, Gary! Hope your and Boom enjoy the weather and have a great week!

    Sylvia

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  9. These are all great shots. My favorite is the osprey in flight. Osprey's always blow me away and you captured them so well.

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  10. I love seeing all the scenery and critters on your hikes. Just beautiful.

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  11. Excellent photos as always! My favorites are the butterfly shots.

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  12. There must be a wonderful landscape. I love walking on water, there is so much to look... a great photo series .... soooo beautiful nature shots ...
    Best regards, Karin

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  13. The birds are so cute and the butterflies so beautiful. Great photos as always Gary :)

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  14. Gary, what a great place for hiking. The scenery is beautiful and I love the birds and ducks you saw. Wonderful photos.

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  15. Thank you for the beautiful series ! You know a lot about birds!
    Thank you for your visit and comment. The entry I told about happened 20 years

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  16. Enchanting series! Beautiful shots and awesome nature subjects!

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  17. a wonderful look at your world. your Osprey photos are awesomely captured.

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  18. good osprey captures, love that vireo and the redstart, you always find the birds!

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  19. What great photos! I love all the birds and ducks...I have never seen a Northern Flicker. And the flight shots are super!

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  20. Wow!

    What a treat... all are a delight. I wouldn't know where to start. I imagine the arrival of all the migrants has brought new life to your neck of the woods.

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    1. Yes and no. In the winter the Boreal forest winter birds move in. Boom & I just run a hotel here.

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  21. Superb capture with beautiful colors, I really like those shots of Osprey with its wings spread out over the blue sky.

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  22. The photos of the osprey are breath-taking. I just don't know how you do it. Your photos of birds are quite incredible. You must have the patience of a saint to get such fantastic pictures.

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  23. Good shooting, especially the butterflies.

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  24. Gary,love those Osprey flight shots...and beautiful captures as usual and what variety...have a great day!

    Shantana

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  25. Thank you for sharing great nature presents! I love the bird in spotted wear.

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  26. Spring/summer is beautiful where you live!

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  27. Great post as always.
    Wonderful photos. I especially like the Male Northern Flicker, he's such a beautiful bird.
    Love to see from your part of the world, thanks for sharing.
    Mette

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  28. Hi there, really like pictures of osprey – it’s a real world bird.

    Cheers - Stewart M

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  29. So many excellent shots but will pick the butterfly ones as favourites this week. They all seem to have landed on colourful flowers that complement their beauty. Always lots to learn from your posts. Two bits of info that stood out for me were the Devil's Paintbrush (what a great name!) and the moustache in the male flicker. Will watch for that. Happy hiking!

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  30. Beautiful photos of nature so close. Love the close up shots of the birds.

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  31. Love all the different butterflies. I haven't seen very many different ones here yet. Our weather is very dry. You see so many different birds on your walks. What a beautiful area you live in.

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  32. Such an expert eye you have. Like ... how on earth do you know that 'the second set of ducklings seem to obey the remaining female'...?! I could easily do this same walk and only see the river and the odd flower!

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    1. The second set which I think are older since they're bigger shadow her, and move with her. It's incredible to watch.

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  33. Incredibly beautiful series of pictures you show. Fantastic beautiful butterflies. Wishing you a good day. Hanne Bente

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  34. Wonderful capture of the osprey in flight. Seemed like a good hike with interesting captures of flora and fauna.

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  35. wow wow wow!!! :)
    the osprey in flight is magnificent
    wonderful close looks at so many birds I'd never recognize otherwise
    thanks, great post

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  36. Great WBW post. It is so much to see in your posts!

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  37. Superb images Gary...the osprey flight shots are amazing.

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  38. All great photos but the Osprey and the Monarch butterfly are especially beautiful.

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  39. Some really stunning shots. Love the Ospreys.

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  40. Stunning landscape shot with that lovely sky reflecting in the water!
    The Osprey shots are wonderful and I'm more than envious of all the butterfly shots. :)

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  41. What a wonderful series of photos1 I love the osprey, the red-eyed vireo, and the chestnut sided warbler. Your Palm warbler looks an awful lot like a chipping sparrow! All beautiful birds! What a great place to live!

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    1. Way too big for a chipping sparrow!!

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  42. Love that osprey! Gorgeous photos!

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  43. Such varied views on this trail you walked. Loving the photos of the osprey in flight! The Flicker is so attractive too with all it's dominant spotting. And the Yellow-throat warbler; a bird with a dash of yellow has me smitten. No shortage of nature's bounty in this series with flora and butterflies too; thanks for sharing Gary!

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  44. An incredible landscape! Ospreys have a way of blessing the waters and land over which they rise. Beautiful.

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  45. Great series again Gary. Lovely Osprey shots + Superb Swallowtail too.

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  46. Absolutely beautiful photos of the winged creatures in your hiking area!

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  47. Love the wildlife on your hiking route. It must have been a very enjoyable walk! Great images.

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  48. I always love reading your posts, Larry. You have such a wonderful collection of images, especially the butterflies.

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  49. Another wonderful post! Great Osprey flight shots. Cute little Warblers & the Flicker. Lovely butterfly shots too. What a treat!!

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  50. another awesome collection of photo's. the osprey were my favorites. i enjoyed the flicker as well, i rarely get to see them!!

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  51. Beautiful birds and butterflies - and yes, mine was a crow!

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  52. Oh my goodness....they're ALL so beautiful!! I really love the Osprey though. So fascinating seeing all the birds that we don't have here or in town.

    Thanks for sharing your awesome hiking trip and Happy WBW!!

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  53. Great series. I love the Osprey in flight and the butterflies are gorgeous!

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  54. Excellent post Gary. Really enjoyed that Osprey.

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  55. What a wonderful series, Gary. Thank you for sharing.

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  56. Whoa! Such a wide variety of birds. Really loving the flicker and woodpecker. The bird of prey was pretty awesome, too. :)

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  57. Gary, thank you for the visit and comment on my bird post this week. If I were totally honest I would have to tell you that since your bird shots (especially those in flight) put mine to shame and make me a tad embarrassed to share them.

    I know I should use my long lens and tripod but I am always in such a rush I do not take the time.

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  58. Thanks for your visits and kind words. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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