Birds

Hummingbird Feathers and Angle of Light

The Hummingbird’s feathers are fairly sophisticated. I got interested in learning more about these tiny birds a few years ago while shooting the fall migration at Holiday Beach. Studying their photographs at a higher magnification I noted that the same bird displayed different colours depending on the angle and intensity of the light. After reading [...]

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Where to photograph Chestnut-Sided Warblers? At Long Point, Ontario!

Long Point, a sandy peninsula found on the north shore of Lake Erie, provides the perfect location to observe and photograph a variety of birds. Less than 150 km from downtown Toronto, Long Point is a globally Important Birding Area (IBA) called home or migration stopover by 300+ bird species.
Beautifully coloured, the Chestnut-Sided Warbler is [...]

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Where to Photograph Hummingbirds? At Holiday Beach!

Holiday Beach Conservation Area, Ontario, Canada is located near the western tip of Lake Erie, just east of where the Detroit River empties into Lake Erie. In 2000, Holiday Beach received international recognition by being designated as a globally significant Important Bird Area (IBA).
So why is Holiday Beach such a good location to observe hummingbirds [...]

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Where to Photograph House Wrens? At Guelph Arboretum!

University of Guelph Arboretum, Ontario, Canada – Spanning 408 hectares, the Guelph Arboretum is crisscrossed with 8.2km of trails. Taking a leisurely walk on these trails, visitors can enjoy a large variety of species including, 38 species of mammals, 188 species of birds, 39 species of butterflies, 18 herptiles (reptiles and amphibians) and 1,700 types [...]

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Where to Photograph Gray Jays? At Algonquin Park!

Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada – As the third largest provincial park in Ontario, Algonquin is situated in a transition zone between the evergreen boreal forests of the north and the deciduous (shedding foliage at the end of the growing season) forests of the south. Due to its location, Algonquin Provincial Park is characterized by [...]

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Where to Photograph Yellow Warblers? At Rondeau Park

9.5
million

Visitors to Ontario parks each year.
Data: Ontario Parks

Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada – Hosting one of Canada's largest Carolinian forests, Rondeau is the second oldest Provincial Park, formed in 1894 just one year after the creation of the Algonquin P.P.. The park is also home to a variety of rare and endangered species of plants [...]

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Bald Eagle’s Nictitating Membrane

Bald eagles, like other birds of prey have incredible eyesight. To keep their vision sharp, bald eagles clean their eyes with the help of an inner eyelid called nictitating membrane. Besides protection, the membrane keeps the eye moist and clean of dust. It slides horizontally from left to right every three to four seconds. And, [...]

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Northern Harrier – Morning Routine

Some say your morning ritual shapes how your day will be. While on a trip to photograph and film the Short-Eared Owl, I've stumbled upon this female Northern Harrier's morning routine of preening, stretching, scratching, and pooping.
Although the routine was over 30 minutes long, I've selected just under 10 minutes of footage for this video, [...]

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Where To Photograph Scarlet Tanagers? At Point Pelee!

Point Pelee National Park, Ontario, Canada – With over 370 of bird species recorded in the park and surrounding area, there is no wonder we come back over and over again to this location to photograph birds. Strikingly coloured in bright red during the breeding period, with black wings and tail, the Scarlet Tanager is [...]

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Where To Photograph Waterfowl? At Luther Marsh!

Luther Marsh Wildlife Management Area, Ontario, Canada – One of the most important wetlands in Southern Ontario, Luther Marsh is home to a large variety of nesting birds, waterfowl and wildlife. Part of the Grand River watershed, the area is approximately 5200 hectares in size, of which 1400 hectares are open marsh. According to the [...]

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