Urban Wetlands #3
Black Ash Creek is free of ice now. This is the mouth where the creek flows into Collingwood Harbour on Nottawasaga Bay. Last year a pair of swans nested on that spit of land you can see on the left. (It's mostly underwater at the moment.) I'm not sure if this is one of the same swans or not, but I suspect it is. The pair was busily checking out the site and chasing away the geese.
May 8, 2015. The chase is on again, only this time it was headed right toward me!
Through the Looking Glass #8
“I'm not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
Colouring Spring #2
Dreaming of Spring colour
Nest Building #9
April 12, 2015. Nest location, on the rock, on one of the inner harbour breakwalls.
The Dance #1 (Monochrome)
Courting Mute Swans on Collingwood's waterfront.
Ukpik in Flight
I spent the better part of this afternoon waiting in a freezing field, but this snowy owl finally rewarded me with a chance to catch it in flight! Taken on Poplar Sideroad in Collingwood.
An egret flies out of the mist rising from Nottawasaga Bay at the mouth of Black Ash Creek.
Out of the Fog
Mute swan along Collingwood's waterfront
Nesting Canada Geese #1
Canada geese nesting in one of Collingwood's urban drainage ponds.
Colouring Spring #1
I'm starting to wonder if maybe this will be the only way I'll get to see Spring colour this year.
Waiting for Spring
My tulips sit in the vase, tightly closed, huddled together for warmth, waiting...
Dreaming of Spring
Three shot multiple exposure taken in camera
Swept Away #5
Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away. ~ Marcus Aurelius
Collingwood Terminals from the wetlands along Hen and Chickens Trail.
And Then There Were Three
May 29, 2015. Day 42. Yes, there's a third ball of fluff in the nest now.
May 25, 2015. It's not often I get these two in the same frame as they battle over territory.
May 16, 2015. Thick fog this morning. It was very disorienting to hear the swan's wings approaching but not be able to see the bird until the last minute.
May3, 2015. The pen checks the nest and then resettles. Everything appears to be good. By my calculations I think we have two weeks to go until cygnets hatch.
Sail Past #2
May 2, 2015. Geese chased, the cob continues on his patrol of the nesting area.
Wild Goose Chase
May 2, 2015. The Canada geese will not concede this pile of rocks to the nesting mute swans. It's a daily battle for possession.
May 1, 2015. The cob acknowledges my presence and then continues on to visit the nest.
April 30, 2015. The pen looks a bit surprised to see this seagull pop by for breakfast. The gull dove in, grabbed a frog and flew off.
April 29, 2015. The pen spends some quiet time preening after sunrise.
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