My fellow photographer friends Nathan and Kelly have a great blog called Petals, Wings and Things which I visit quite often to look at their wonderful photography and read their adventures in and around Barrie. Every now and then, they have a blog entry called the Cutting Room Floor that contains images that have been cut from other entries or maybe a single image doesn’t fit within the theme of the post. In my post I would like to ‘borrow’ their idea and simply post a variety of images that I have taken this summer.
Juveniles – I keep a single seed feeder going all year including the summer which attracts small finches and chickadees as well as oriole and hummingbird feeders. I have found that feeding birds attract other birds so I have to always be prepared for visitors.
Lake Simcoe – From past blog entries you know that I am fond of taking my kayak into Lake Simcoe and explore the creeks that flow into it. This is a collection of birds that I have found over the summer whilst hiding under my blind.
Insects – We keep a bird and insect friendly property, especially the backyard with our small waterfall. The flowers attract a variety of insects including Bumble Bees, my first Hummingbird Moth and the Monarch Butterfly. The Monarch Butterfly had a tough go this year and the numbers were drastically down from previous years due to storms along their migratory path and the dry summer of 2012 which limited many of its food sources. Scientists are genuinely worried about the Monarch population and hoping that it will be able to recover.
Hummingbirds – We have Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the backyard from May until September. My goal this year was to obtain a decent picture of a in-flight male with its brilliant iridescent red throat that flashes in the right light. I try to get images birds on natural perches but this year I will have to be happy with the females in flight and the male on the feeder and perched on a small branch. In the middle of September I noticed a couple of interesting hummingbirds with yellow pollen on their little faces, presumably from our blooming Hibiscus.
Back again in a couple of weeks!