Thursday, August 29, 2013

More Wildlife Of The Vermilon River

 A lot to cover in this post. So its a long one. The last post was about Manitoulin Island, a place as opposed to wildlife,not that it isn't filled with wildlife.
 Boomer's death left a huge gap in my life; hence the new camera and the accessories to shoot video, and the video online seminars. I even walk a little dog who otherwise would get no exercise. I've re- found my interest in cooking and baking, although I leave that mostly for the winter.
But we've got a little group that wants to travel around the north by bus or whatever. So Friday, we're off for a cruise of Lake Nippising, the fourth largest Lake in Ontario. I just want to set everybody straight. Ontario, is an enormous, and diverse place geographically.Northern Ontario even has a time change, and is larger than the combined states of California, Texas, and Alaska. I don't make these comparisons to brag,merely to give you an indication of where I am, and when I say its a big lake, it is a big Lake. I'm not being negative to the other provinces because the same could be said of them all.  So I'll be posting more travel adventures. I'll just link this page to my second page for my adventure post.


Red Berries

It has been cool, and then, hot and humid so lots of the warm sunshine flowers are back while at the same time, the forest is showing some fall colour.
Goose in Flight

On the left, Blue Vervian, but I'm trying to figure out if this is purple loosestrife, the invasive plant. We combat it here by using insect predators.
In the last wildlife post Ken pointed out that the raptor shots were a falcon, but maybe a Peregrine instead of a Northern Harrier. All the ID shots in the beginning are courtesy of Cornell. Opposite is a Peregrine.
Female Harrier Courtesy of Cornell

Male Harrier Courtesy of Cornell 

Merlin Courtesy of Cornell

Merlin Courtesy of Cornell

Sharp-shined Hawk

My Merlin In Flight: Note the pointed wings

I think the clincher is the pointed wings but note the similarity to the Female Harrier. Opposite Back View.
The shots from here on are a new series when the pair revisited the other day to put on an air show.











Goose in flight

Canada Goose



This whole sequence is a young Blue Jay learning how to scold me. So give him some latitude.









Male Redstart with lunch

Male Redstart

Same

Aphrodite Fritillary

White Admiral

This one is a surprise as this butterfly is the state butterfly of Maryland, a Baltimore Checkerspot.
Fritillary

White Admiral

Baltimore Checkerspot

Same

Same

Same

Cavorting sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Same Sparrow afrer settling down

Goldenrod

Gull in Flight

Same

White-throated Sparrow

No sooner had the Merlins left then this male Northern Flicker came along.




Thistle

These guys are literally erupting form the trails.
Pearly White, apparently great for making dried flowers
Wild Aster

Another form

Goldenrod

New England Aster-short and mauve.

A bit of fall

Goldenrod

Turning Pin Cherry Tree

 Red Squirrel in the Black Spruce. A post to: Id Rather Be Birdin,Our World Tuesday, and WBW.

More Red

Female Common Yellow-throat?



55 comments:

  1. it's really nice to relax on a bus trip and have someone else do the driving to a destination so nice! Great bird photos and nature surrounds too Gary

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  2. Great series, and there was the birds of prey, superb.

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  3. beautiful raptors, blooms and birds. always love your little squirrels, too. enjoy your traveling!

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  4. Wow! I really enjoy viewing all your images, your wee squirrels, the flowers and oh the butterflys, the various birds and appreciate the background info of where you are.

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  5. I know you must miss Boomer so much. Great sequence of shots. You are so good at capturing birds in flight. I rarely manage to get a decent shot of birds in the air.

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  6. Great shots of all the raptors. Nice details.

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  7. Your shares are marvelous and I especially enjoyed the Birds of Prey shared as well as all of the plant life...just beautiful~

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  8. Super series, was the Jay sounding a warning call to the others? Varieties galore, and each one identified, lovely to view from here down under. I would struggle to get so many in a day, far less longer. Greetings from Jean

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  9. So much of nature to be enjoyed. Thanks for posting these awesome photos specially the raptors in flight. Magnificent! I'm sure Boomer is looking down and smiling from dog heaven and happy to see you're still going out and enjoying nature.

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  10. Incredible shots! Love the birds in flight.

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  11. Great post and amazing photos too. Thanks for sharing

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  12. Your photos are stunning, Gary and I am so love your various butterflies..not fair that you get to see all of this :-) Have a great weekend!

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  13. Wonderful images Gary... your flight shots are stunning.

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  14. Gary, your birds of prey are awesome. Love all the flight shots! The flowers and butterflies are gorgeous. A lovely post. Have a happy weekend!

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  15. Wonderful captures of the winged creatures, beautiful wildflowers and a cute red squirrel! I really loved the photos of those raptors.

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  16. Wonderful photos! I especially enjoyed the raptors. They're very handsome.

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  17. Great series Gary. Love the raptor shots especially.

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  18. Great series Gary. Love the raptor shots especially.

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  19. Gary - what a post. Raptor heaven!

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  20. Beautiful photographs! You live in a lovely location.

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  21. In awe of your knowledge and photo skills as always. Glad you found a compatible group to travel with...looking forward t what you post about those trips as well as your walks ...in your part of your great big beautiful Province.

    The young blue jay learning how to scold is my favorite part of this post; maybe not your rarest bird but I just love his expressions and can just imagine how he sounded.

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  22. PS: Thank you for saying you will link your new travel posts here, so I will know when you've posted something new there. I haven't figured out how to put new blogs into my Feedly (It was so much easier with Google Reader).

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  23. Hi there - great set of pictures. I see from the red leaves that the world must be turing up north as well.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  24. Beautiful shots. You have captured the birds in flight beautifully.

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  25. You are atrue wildlife person! I always enjoy seeing this abundance of photos of birds and other animals. I hope that the walks with the little dog comforts you over the loss of Boomer. Good idea that you joined a group to walk with. I hope you will enjoy life in spite of the gap after the loss of your friend!

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  26. Hi! Nice captures. Looking your photos I feel the summer is coming to an end. I enjoyed your photos very much. Thanks for sharing.

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  27. Hi Gary

    Lovely post as always I look forward to your future adventures.

    Guy

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  28. Somehow I missed any earlier reference you might have made about Boomer’s passing. I am sorry to hear of this loss … pets are precious. Sounds like your many walks together helped cement your love of adventure and nature and you are carrying on in a good way.

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  29. So glad to have found your blog; thanks for visiting mine. It will be great to follow your northern Ontario adventures. Our son and daughter-in-law are just moving to Cobalt, so I expect we'll get north more than in the past while. I was intrigued by all the old silver mine ruins over there.

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  30. These pictures are very nice, I like birds flying sequences!

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  31. Wow! You are really a great photographer!!!

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  32. I especially enjoyed the photos of the butterflies as I have seen almost none here this year. I grow milkweed for the monarchs and have seen exactly one monarch all summer. It's so sad.

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  33. They look so majestic when they're up in the air their wings spread.

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  34. A great series of photos - so many beautiful things! - my favorites are the young Blue Jay scolding you!

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  35. Krásne zábery z kanadskej prírody. Niektoré vtáky a rastliny poznám, žijú a rastú aj na Slovensku.

    Beautiful images of the Canadian countryside. Some birds and plants know, live and grow in Slovakia.

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  36. I'm really sorry about your loss. It's really hard losing a loved friend. With time, things do get better and maybe you'll find another companion to join in on your adventures.

    Love the shots.....the Juvenile Blue Jay is a beauty. I especially love your shot of the Peregrine falcon:) Great birds of prey!

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  37. Blue jays are very good at scolding people. I didn't realize they actually need practice. :))

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  38. Gary, I sure enjoyed the walk with you today. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and your wildlife.

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  39. Another informative post Gary. Great shots and its great to hear you're enjoying your travels around this fabulous province!

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  40. Beautiful pictures of the bird!

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  41. Second (or third) visit...mostly this time looking at the flight shot sequences on the slide show....they are wonderful looked at that way.

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  42. Goodness, Gary. These photos are exciting. Those raptors shots are breathtaking. I love that one of the bird near the evergreen. Wow.

    Thanks for giving us a sense of the size of your province. Living in a small place like Connecticut, it can be difficult to fathom what big is. So thanks.

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  43. What a fantastic rundown on the wildlife and nature one's likely to see in the area. I'm heading up to the north shore of Lake Superior in 10 days and hoping I see some of the same things you've shown us in your photos.

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  44. I'm glad you are finding good things to fill the void of losing Boomer, Gary. I am lucky as I am caring for my baby granddaughter all week, and she fills my days so that I don't miss my beloved cat who recently passed away.

    I loved the photos of the raptors! They are not easy to spot or photograph.

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  45. I always love seeing what you've been discovering, Gary. Your inflight shots are stellar and I love the checkerspot! What a cool butterfly to see.

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