Friday, 7 August 2020

Slaty Skimmer near Centenial Road and McGee Creek

 I don't often get this bold about a first sighting but this https://uwm.edu/field-station/slaty-skimmer-dragonfly/  

seems to match what I saw:

 


 

I don't think I like this new blog set-up. The old one can only be used until September.


What will be next?


WOB

 

Thursday, 6 August 2020

McGee Creek Revisited

 Vicki and I were looking at potential sites for the Perseid Meteor Shower since the pandemic has led to the cancellation of our programme in Killarney Provincial Park this summer.


We were struck by the new bridge railings on Shrike Road:


This is a view looking North with "upstream" on the right, and "downstream" on the left.

First "upstream":

 




 

Now from the left side of the left side:

 


 And the left side but from the right:


And now a look to the right side -


Now let us look down stream:





Hard to imagine that we are looking at the spot where we had our picnic when we were first introduced to this stream! It looks like the beaver have returned. The water is 50 to 70cm deep and the stream is meters wide today where it was only 30-40 cm wide 5 years ago. The water level is high because of the storms on Sunday and Monday - everywhere in this area has visible surface water where normally in August there would none and McGee Creek might have just 5-10cm in the "channel".. Everywhere the vegetation is "lush", and there were lots of cattle near the stream when we arrived.


New Google format - have to see what it does to the blog.


WOB

Saturday, 25 July 2020

Hard Day's Night

Just a quick look at "Looking Up" with flash and a long exposure of Moon and Vicki - looking up!


She had found the comet but the white thing above her is probably a nearby moth. The Moon is left of centre, above centre and is over exposed - too much flash?


WOB

Friday, 24 July 2020

It is hard to Swallow!

This afternoon, and the livin' is easy:













What will they do on Saturday night?

WOB

Wednesday, 22 July 2020

2 Vacances at Harry's Corner - soon, apply within

When the rains started both Osprey chicks became quite active.






Kinda like "Ten in the bed and thelittle one said_ "Roll over, roll over"
They all rolled over and one fell out ... until "alone at last"








Not bad - and with an audience, too!



Free delivery of fish is about to end.

WOB

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

A Post Card Home

An interesting evening ending at Leacock's home. Looking out I could see the comet NEOWISE in a
postcard setting:


Earlier I saw the comet below the Big Dipper with the space station in the foreground.



Calm 19°C and only a few mosquitos


Bass Lake from the end of Line #13- 50 photos.

WOB

Sunday, 12 July 2020

A Tale of Tails, one red, one fishy

Vicki spotted this:


and so we turned around to see if we could get a better view of this Red-tailed Hawk:



It is easy, now!, to see how it got its name:



And then it flew away:



So we drove on to #6 and the road to Avery Point:

Am I conspicuous?


This bird was not in any hurry,


And you can see why - the patience of a successful fisher

So again we drove on - to enjoy a picnic while watching our favourite family of Osprey:



There is a family of 4 but one adult was away from the nest on another pole and so I concentrated on these 3:






I have several dozen shots of family life; however, I am going to call it here. The adult is in the centre. My goal was to catch it bathing in the pool near the car. Will have to wait for another day.

WOB