Thursday, July 5, 2012

Parenting, and Other Wildlife Views At the Vermilon River. A Post To SWF.

 I've already posted bears with cubs, and foxes with kits, so this post is about some birds and their young. All in all wildlife parenting is pretty good; in fact in a lot of cases, much better than its human counterpart, where neglect and then  compensation seems to be the norm. As well there are scenes of wetlands and other birds that I've seen on my hikes in the last week. The weather has been warm and humid with a little rain thrown in, but great for hiking generally,as long as I hike early in the morning to avoid the heat. The photo opposite is the Long Lake wetlands with rays of sunshine on the water.

CLICK ON THE ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE AND WATCH THE SLIDE SHOW. I'VE SET UP THE POST TO WORK ON THE SLIDE SHOW ALTERNATIVE.


Long Lake Wetland.

Long Lake Wetland.

Mist Rising On The E. Track Wetland.

Web

Different Shaped Web.

Close Up Of Dew On Web.

 These Geese are on the river bank. Watch how carefully they take care of the goslings.
Mature Geese Gather the Young In the Water.

The Matures Watch to Make Certain All Are there

Starting To Move Off.

The Centre One is Counting As They Go By To Make Sure They're All There..

And Here's the last One, But Not Alone.

Still Escorted.

 These Robins were pretty unhappy with junior who was paying more attention to me than to his parents.
Who Is this Interesting Guy?

Still Watching.

Looking Even Closer. 

Alright Mom, I'm Coming.

This Is A Series Of  Photos Of An Alder Flycatcher.





White-throated Sparrow.

Side View.

Side View.

Black-capped Chickadee.

A Very Coy Chickadee

Chestnut-sided Warbler.

Front View

The Preening Cedar Waxwing.

Almost In Shape.

The Formal Pose.

Still Formal

Two Female Common Mergansers On A River Shoal.

Nashville Warbler.

 A conversation with a Raven, and an interesting one at that.
Of Course I understand His Viewpoint.

Eyed Brown

 This series of photos show some different views of a White Admiral, particularly the difference in the inside  and the outside wing.

 See the colours on the outside wing.
Monarch

 I've started to try and identify the Dragonflies. Opposite is a Male Common Whitetail.


A post to SWFCamera Critters,and Scenic Sunday.
Chalk Fronted Corporal

Bee On Viper's Bugloss with Golden Rod In The Background.

Same Different view of the Bee.

Toadflax

Common Milkweed.

These Ferns Line The Forest Floor And Trails.

Stout or Ontario Golden Rod.?

Wild Chicory.

72 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing all the details of a glorious summer day

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  2. really like your lead-off photo of the sun's rays! and i was laughing at your conversations you were having with the youngsters. :) really cute.

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  3. Gary these are just wonderful... the birds and butterflies seem to have rewarded your patience by accepting you as another part of their home territory. You get the most wonderful shots.

    I always like the way birds raise their babies -- total devotion when they need it and then push them out of the nest when they're grown!

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  4. Another lovely set of pictures and the story! I like the spider-web pics!

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  5. Terrific captures for the day, Gary! I love the mist above the water, the spider webs are amazing! And, of course, I love the birds, flowers and butterflies! Such a wonderful and beautiful world you have along with lovely skies for a backdrop! Have a great weekend!

    Sylvia

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  6. What great pictures you have here. You are very good with you camera.

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  7. I love the mist rising, and those goslings as they're escorted by the parents.

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  8. Exquisite captures as always. Your world is amazing!!!

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  9. Another lovely set of pictures and the story! And of course the butterflies! I like the spider-web pics!
    HAve a nice weekend.
    Mormor Norway

    Another lovely set of pictures and the story! I like the spider-web pics!

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  10. So many great photos you show tonight! Awesome to see! The cobweb is so good!
    Have a great day!

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  11. O what a glorious world! So love the mist and the cobwebs and the butterfly! And the raven conversation is hilarious!

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  12. So many cute shots! Love that flycatcher.

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  13. The sparrows and butterflys are great but i especially love the spiders webs

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  14. I love the mist over the water.

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  15. Beautiful series from the nature. Lovely spidernet.
    So many birds I never seen before.
    From Hilda

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  16. Wonderful and exquisite series. Today my favorites are the spider webs.

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  17. Great photos of the young birds and as always your scenery and flowers are beautiful.

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  18. Beautiful captures all ... but that double web shot is AMAZING!!! LOVE!

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  19. I'm envious of those great shots of the webs. I haven't been able to catch the right light for webs I've noticed lately. Great shots of the birds, flowers and wetlands too. I'd love to explore in your neck of the woods.

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  20. Hi Gary

    Another great post. I really enjoyed your flycatcher and the talking Raven. The mists and cobwebs made it very mysterious.

    Regards
    Guy

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  21. Amazing pics, from a world so far far away from my own. Just peaceful and serene place. I love the shots of the webs

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  22. Nature is so cool....I posted about ducks!

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  23. beautiful series of nature. i particularly like the shots of the cobweb.

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  24. love the alder flycatcher...the fly catchers are so difficult to photo here...you post so many interesting photos of your area and birds...I have had to drag my husband over to show him your site.He likes it!

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  25. Gorgeous! Have a happy weekend and happy sky watching!

    My Skyshot

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  26. These are all just wonderful pictures - your morning hikes must be a great joy to you. Thanks for sharing..

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  27. Hi Gary, greetings from Sault Ste. Marie, we are practically neighbours!! I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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  28. excellent photos of nature...the first photo of sunbeams are magical. the cobwebs are gorgeous, too.

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  29. Beautiful shots. I love the shot of web.

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  30. Nature's beauty is amazing! The spider shots are wonderful.

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  31. Gary, I really admire your nature shots. My eyes and heart are happy to see them all :)

    Thanks for dropping by...

    www.womenandperspectives.com

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  32. Wow - your world is spectacular at this time of year. That photo of the double cobwebs - wow!

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  33. Hi there - that great image of the blue flower is s really nice way to complete the post!

    Stewart M

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  34. Beautiful captures! I love them all. Awesome shots of the webs, the mist rising, and of course the birds!

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  35. Wonderful and exquisite series.

    Ottar

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  36. Wonderful series again.
    I specially love the photo's of the birds and the butterflies.

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  37. Wonderful series again. I specially love your shots of the birds and the colorful butterflies.

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  38. I love the rays of sun and the mist rising!

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  39. Wow Gary, your photos are terrific!! ^_^


    Kim,USA

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  40. I agree that geese are especially dedicated parents. It makes me a bit sad that people hate them just because they are so good at surviving. And, really, the goose poo is mostly grass. Right?

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    1. Actually the survival rate in the wild is about 20 percent. Goslings are the favourites of all the wild canines. In fact in nature the young are always the favourite targets because they can't fight back, and the predator instinctively does not want to get hurt.

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  41. Like you, I am fascinated by spider webs. You found some wondrous ones!

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  42. gorgeous photos-what wondrous wildlife you have there...thanks for commenting on my skywatch photos...

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  43. You're quite a talented photographer! These images are marvelous. I read through the regular blog first, then I went back and enjoyed it again with the slide show. You are blessed to experience so many wonderful nature scenes, and I was glad for the vicarious benefits.

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  44. Cobwebs are very artisticly done ! The pictures are beautiful ! fortunately there is no spider in it, I really can't stand them ;) !

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  45. So true Gary what you say concerning wildlife parenting. Another great series of images. You really have some fantastic variety over there.

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  46. Great captures all! Cheeky birds and cautious parents and all the beauty in between. . .glad to see the chicory (my favorite shade of blue) because I've yet to see any here in MN but do occasionally in Wisconsin.
    Happy weekend!

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  47. Geese escorting gosling, priceless. Great parenting series!

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  48. Wonderful captures all, Gary. The opening shots with reflections are especially striking, but also admire those webs! Thanks for sharing your world.

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  49. So nice to have nature so close to you. Love the spiderwebs that the spiders spin. Really an artwork of nature.

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  50. Gary, I am always amazed at the variety of birds, butterflies and blooms in your posts and I love it all. that first shot is amazing!Have a great weekend!

    Shantana

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  51. Gorgeous captures, Gary -- love the warblers. Beautiful!

    Thank you for sharing at Rural Thursdays this week. xo

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  52. Your nature shots are always so gorgeous! I especially like the spider webs. They almost look like someone make them for a movie or something. :)

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  53. Wow! spectacular photos! Love that butterfly!

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  54. Another awesome post Gary. Love those webs!

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  55. Gorgeous photos all. Happy Summer♫♪

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  56. Came back to view the slide show, didn't have time the other day. It is so worth a second visit -- such great photos. I saw so much more in the flower/bee picture and in the spider webs especially. Of course all your pictures are more than worth a second look!!

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  57. This is a great series of photographs, all very enjoyable, thank you.

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  58. Gary, you are one of my favorite tour guides. You take us on such great adventures.

    Those webs are amazing. They appear to be made of string they photographed so well.

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  59. loved seeing your pics - my fave is the dew on the spider web.
    Visiting from Skywatch Friday.

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  60. where to begin? Gary, you take the most spectacular photos...the birds and butterfly/bee shots are amazing! I have no idea how you get them to stay and perform for you... those webs and the conversation with a raven are dazzling!

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  61. Beautiful photos as always. I enjoyed so much this post.

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  62. We have loads of wonderful young wildlife in our garden at the moment - it's such a great time of year :)

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  63. Great series of photos, love the birds especially. The Fycatcher and Waxwings are my favorite.

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  64. Thank you for another delightful walk with you, Gary! I'm glad you have found early morning comfortable enough to hike and take photos.

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  65. Wonderful series of images, Gary. It's great to see those blue skies and flowers in bloom at long last in your part of the world.

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