Saturday, 24 September 2016

Baby Snappers, caterpillars, Toad (20160921) Victory for the persistent!

Well ANOTHER day on the tracks. Me and the Bizzer have been at this for 3 weeks now and no real sign of baby turtles. But like the line from the Outlaw Josie Wales mentions we will "endeavour to persevere"! Then I spot a small leeaf like object in the dark shade, well away from any water. A hatchling, a baby snapper, finally. First order of business is to get him to some water. Then find a little something to provide scale, so a handy $1 Canadian coin, called a Loonie and we are all set.
Then a shot of him on the beach, what amazes me beside the small size is the length of tail in comparison to the shell.
Then before I place him in what I believe is a safe place in the lake I notice how perfectly his claws look. This is just a perfect miniature! He he is in his new aquatic home, safe from between the rails where he would likely have perished.
I am exhalted. I make a few phone calls to those that I think might be interested. Mostly to let them know tha I found one, who knows it might be the only one I ever find. Then back on the tracks for more searching, and I spot #2, Outstanding!
Here is a close up of the hind foot and tail. I just love how perfectly formed they are.
As I continue my search I believ I find a nest hole, this would be where these little ones might have crawled out of.
Then I spot a third! What a terrific day this is turning into!
Laurie Ann and Wesley decided to come out and get in on the bonanza. Neither had see baby Snappers before so this was quite a treat.
They have those neat Macro lenses that let them get right up close to their subjects. Not like my big tele.
Then I learned tht you don't ask anyone to hold your camera while you go on a little side mission. Laurie Ann took this shot of me and Bizzy with my own camera.
Here is the first of two mystery caterpillars, I am hoping to get some official names for.
Here is number 2 Caterpillar. I am anticipating the Clarence may be able to help me ID these little crawlers.
I'll wrap this post up with a shot of the largest American Toad we spotted all day. This fella was easily 30 times larger than the other little hoppers that were around. And, there were many of them out and about on this day.
Take some time to day and put a little "wild" in your life, I will!

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Clouded Sulphur, Pheasants, Palm Warbler (201609-Mid) A couple of dry days.

The "baby watch is still in full operation, so daily trips to the tracks are in order. The migrating warblers are petering out, but it seems the flutter-byes are still in full force. Here is yet another Clouded Sulphur, maybe my best yet?
A couple of days later I headed over to Hartlen Point to see what might be found in Angela's back yard. We were very happy to spot this Palm Warbler in an area we check for shorebirds.
Another image of this migrating beauty. I usually only find them in the spring.
We also found this beautiful Black-and-White Warbler. We were pretty close and this little gal was on the move constantly.
A couple of days later was I spotted this little little sweetheart, it was at the start of our walk, and it was very difficult to keep track of this one.
Then a little later in the day the pheasants were having a little drama in the cul-de-sac. Something spooked the birds when they were across the street and one of the chicks flew up onto the veranda roof. After a bit, Mom was out trying to reound the crew back up.
She convinced the younger bird to get down off the roof, I was able to grab a quick image as she lifted off.
In the afternoon this little sparrow showed up. I believe it is a Song Sparrow, but the yellow clouring has me questioning that.
I wrap this post up here. This covers post covers serveral days where I was able to put a little "wild" in my life!

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Cougar, Lion Cheetah (20160912) A trip to a local zoo.

With a family friend coming to town to visit, Len and I decided to go to the Zoo.  Grace Lush has done transactions with the Oaklawn Zoo dealing with primates, birds and cats. Cats were the reason for the trip, the Cougar in particular. While I have seen Cougars in the wild several times, my images are far from ideal. This to me is the most amazing critter we have here in Canada. These teeth are just part of the arsenal that it brings to the table.

The speed that it can develop and leaping capability are just outstanding. This big North American cat fears nothing in the wild, except maybe a bigger or meaner Cougar.
This is a face that I have stared into, albeit briefly, and was mesmerized!
Of course it wasn't just cats at the zoo. They have have llamas, goats, fowl, and of course Capybera's. These are the largest rodent in the world.
While the Cougar is a predator of the Cappy's so is this net big cat, the Jaguar. I learned that you tell these from a Leapard by the colours on their black spots. The Leopard only has the black spot.
We arrived just before feeding time so we had great views of the big cats. The first to be fed were the Lions.
The Jags could hardly wait to get their meaty morsels!
I cannot help to feel that this guy is saying " hey, I only want to lick you for a little while".
This younger male lion has a haircut that reminds me of the 80's!
I was unable to capture the Cheetah in an more natural setting. I may have to come back and spend some time observing and shooting to get a clearer image.
Here is my "cleanest" image of the target of my visit. No fences or man-made structures in the frame.
Another of the North American Cats available for viewing is this beautiful Bobcat. I have captured this great "generalist" in both Canada and the US.
The Zoo also has this young man-- Hunter. He weighs in at 50 pounds currently and is one of the stars of the place.
Oh, and I haven't mentioned that Mom was with me. While she didn't get her photo taken with a Llama, we did manage to get her petting Hunting.
Even if you can't get to the natural woods, Zoos and other institutions provide an alternative so that you can put a little "wild" in your life!

Friday, 16 September 2016

White-throated, green frog, Eastern Smooth Green Snake (20160916) Anothr first for the blog.

Loving the find weather that we have been enjoying, but we really need some rain. The Lake looks to be down about 18 inches and the woods are very dry. They haven't shut down travel yet so I continue my treks looking for baby turtles. The day started with just a pile of Clouded Sulphur butterflies.
With the first sighting of a Common Yellowthroat in one of my favourite apple trees, I was hoping for another whopper of a Warbler morning.
It was just terrific to find a young White-throated Sparrow. This is a bird I must start hunting down. They have beautiful colouration, especially in the spring.
I believe this next bird is a Savannah Sparrow, not as common here as out west.
It was also nice to get another CYT mixed in with the red berries. One of these images might make the "wall".
There is a little pond that usually over flows en-route and these little Green frogs are a mainstay. I couldn't resist.
While I am waiting for eggs to hatch, it would appear that this Grasshopper is just now depositing hers to hatch some time later.
Then I had the pleasure of "bumping" into this next guest. It actually landed on my belly as I walked up the tracks. Here is a phone image.
Here is another shot of it. I thought it was nice to see some separation in some of the wings.
This next subject is another first for the Blog and you know what that will mean. But first things first, here is a first look at an Eastern Smooth Green Snake. I always had called them "Grass" snakes.
Here is the second shot! I found it very hard to believe just how brilliantly coloured this fantastic looking snake was.
I hope you like the post, it was a joy gathering the images. Put some "wild" in your life, it takes no effort at all.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Luna Moth Caterpillar, Loon, Garter Snake (20160907-08) A couple of treks on the tracks

Well I still am trying to find some baby snappers so I head to the tracks everyday that I can. With the change of the calendar month the differences in the flora and fauna are also obvious. Here is one new presence that I haven't seen since last year in this month. I didn't get an image of him last year, a Maritime Garter snake.
After two weeks of doing this little stroll this is the first time I have seen a Great Blue on the lake, or rather, flying over.
This next "guest" isn't a first timer, but the only other time I have found one was also here in Nova Scotia. I think it was 2012. A beautiful Cicada.
As I mentioned above the flora is starting to change as well, here is another example.
Or if you like to see a single plant changing, here is your image.
Along with changing leaves come the caterpillars that will soon convert to beautiful butterflies. I don't know which butterfly or moth this little one will become.
The net day we had some pretty overcast conditions. While lighting wasn't the best here is a very long distance shot of a Kingfisher.
Next up is what I believe might be a migrating, thusly visiting, Common Loon to the lake. He was very cooperative as he let me get to the waters edge for a couple of shots.
It was nice to have some calm water to help minimize the movement of the subject.
One of most interesting of my finds these days was this beautiful caterpillar. It is the caterpillar of the Luna Moth, an absolutely gorgeous creature.
All along the tracks these days I am finding quite a population of Clouded Sulphur buterflies. they can be quite tough to capture.
A great couple of days, with some uncommon finds worth sharing. These are just a few of the reasons that I keep putting a little "wild" in my life!