Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Collection of Images of the Vermilon River. A Post to MYT and Scenic Sunday.

I usually hike two or three times a week so I take a lot of photos. I started to catalogue them with titles about four or five months ago. Today, I pulled some of those together. In essence I included them because I like them, or they were a departure for me in photographic terms.  

These photos were taken after a frost, and temperature drop. I was struck by the light hitting the droplets, creating Forest Fairy highlights.

This was a photo left out of another post. On that post I included a scene with frozen red blueberry bushes on the far side of the River, and took this close up of the same. Why I over looked it I don't know.

Going through the files, I found these photos of some male Evening Grosbeaks. I'll post them on WBW this Wednesday, because I just found another flock of them.

These photos were taken in the spring. This is not just evident from the leaves, but the Grosbeak changes his beak to green in the summer.

You don't get much more vivid colours than these. On Wednesday, I'll post some shots of the female too. She is less flamboyant, but equally beautiful. These birds were first seen by Europeans in western Canada in the evening; hence, Evening and of course Grosbeak for large beak.  

 With frequently overcast skies, it's harder to catch photos of the Finches. The Sigma 150-500m performs best in bright light. The bird is in a birch tree. The seed pods provide food for a lot of birds.
The White-throat Sparrows are long gone now. These little guys are everywhere in the summer.

This is the same bird but in profile.

I did a whole post on the sparrows of the Vermilon River, because  the variety of sparrows here is amazing.

I'm always running into Black-capped Chickadees, and as I said before they're difficult to photograph, because they're flighty.

We don't have a lot of European Starlings, because we are not an agricultural area.

These guys are in their non-breeding plumage.

The River and its wetlands is home to large flocks of Canada geese.

Redpolls are winter visitors. But I wasn't sure if they would visit this year.

Yet, here they are. The first two photos are females.

These photos are of a male Redpoll.

Mourning Doves are constant visitors to our feeders.

They're such a peaceful bird.

This is of course Huegy, our Northern Crow. A Post to Scenic Sunday @ and MYT @


  1. the grosbeaks are gorgeous! and redpolls as well! hi huegy!

  2. What a diversity of birds you have overthere. I am a little bit jalouse. What a fantastic colors!
    Have a nice week

  3. Lovely images Gary and your grosbeaks are amazing birds to see.. another newbie for me. Do you know the origin of the name?

  4. The images of the Grosbeak and the White-throat Sparrows are my favourites, they are beautiful.

  5. These Evening Grosbeaks are so beautiful!

  6. Love those Grosbeaks. Terrific photos!

  7. Hi Gary

    I loved your first shot of the snow and frost and you put together a wonderful series of shots of your native birds.

    A great post.


  8. Wonderful birds Gary! Looks cold - is it?

  9. Thank you for sharing your feathered friends. the Evening Grosbeak is quite impressive. Loved the water droplets!

  10. I've never seen an evening grosbeak. and they have a deceptively simple name afterall!

  11. Great post, I love the Evening Grosbeaks and the Redpolls. Two birds I would love to see.

  12. Hi there – that’s a really good set of pictures. I find it hard to get good images of the smaller birds - finch size - just to fast!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

  13. Hi Gary and Boom,
    Great bird shots and I really loves the dew/raindrops shots!
    Greetings from Holland,

  14. I see birds on your post I didn't even know that they exist ! They are beautiful and look so cute because they blow themselves up against the cold.
    Your blog is not for my cats !

  15. You have such wonderful birds in your area Gary and your photography is great too.