Late Summer Diversity

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.

Mourning Dove - juvenileBlue Jay - juvenileBaltimore Oriole - juvenile

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.

Eastern KingbirdSpotted SandpiperWood Duck familyWood Duck female and duckling

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.

Bumblebee and echinaceaHummingbird MothMonarch ButterflyMonarch Butterfly in flight

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.

female Ruby-throated Hummingbirdfemale Ruby-throated Hummingbirdfemale Ruby-throated Hummingbirdmale Ruby-throated Hummingbirdmale Ruby-throated Hummingbirdmale Ruby-throated Hummingbirdmale Ruby-throated Hummingbird - juvenilemale Ruby-throated Hummingbird - juvenile

Back again in a couple of weeks!


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  1. Rob Smith October 28, 2013 at 1:05 am #

    Man you have some diversity Arni. I’m looking forward to getting my kayak out over the next few months as the weather gets better to see what I can get. Always love seeing the Hummers & you are blessed to have them in your backyard. Love the wood duck family shot. We are just getting broods hatching over here so will look forward to what we can get. Nice post my friend. Enjoy seeing the bird life in your neck of the woods. Take Care!

    • Arni October 28, 2013 at 8:57 am #

      Thanks Rob. We are indeed blessed in what goes on a few feet from our back door and not far down the road. I’ll be watching for your inevitable great shots on Flickr and Pixel-shooter of the successful broods.

  2. Scott Martin October 28, 2013 at 2:14 am #

    Excellent post as always and I’m envious of your cutting room floor material! The Monarch in flight is an amazing capture and the Kingbird and Female Ruby Throated on the Fuscia are also among my favourites. I will be looking forward to your next blog post!

    • Arni October 28, 2013 at 9:07 am #

      Much appreciated Scott. It is interesting how many images we end up with and promptly forget about as time passes. I wish I could say that the Monarch in flight was planned but it was a nice surprise when I saw it.