l have been a part of a few successful wildlife rescues and educate people on wildlife and environmental issues. We have helped in issues to save wetlands, woodlands etc.to save the precious life within. It is well worth the effort. We can all learn to live and work together. Education is the key. In 2011 I won an education award from Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority for the work and photography I do. Habitat is fast disappearing and with it, many species are also declining in numbers. So many species can actually tell us the health of our environment and alert us to problems we need to know about. They all need to be protected.

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Juvenile Cooper hawk

This has been my week of predators. Early in the week I was heading to get the mail on the coldest day of the winter so far. -30. There was a young hawk in the snow covered lawn next door. It had a meal. The poor bird that it had was still alive. But I knew it was done. I went back and got my camera and giving it lots of space took photos. It was an important meal this bird needed to finish. It was doing well until a school bus came motoring around the corner scaring it off. At least it did not leave its meal behind. Turns out it had taken a starling. And the bird was now dead. It is a horrable way to die in the talons of a bird of prey. But they are beautiful birds and they need to eat to survive. It is survival of the fittest in their world. And this was one beautiful young hawk. I have had a lot of days were a hawk or shrike has been present this winter. Although I have not always seen them the birds told me they were there.

Shrike verses Cardinal Jan 25

I had a visitor the other day that decided he wanted one of my cardinals for breakfast. My husband was on his way to work and as coming around the corner startled the shrike that was busy plucking out the feathers of the poor cardinal. It let the cardinal go. Long story short. The cardinal got to safety and the shrike came back 3 times to the same branch were he had left the cardinal. Cardinal although rather shocky after his ordeal, was safely tucked into a cedar by my back deck. Shrike finally moved on and after an hour or so. The cardinal finally flew off. What a way to start the day. Cardinal almost looks as if it had a tear that froze beneith its eye. It was bitterly cold.And there I was standing out there taking pictures in housecoat and slippers.

Burlington swans Jan 19th

The swan people

Every January my son Jeff & I go to visit Ray and Bev who have watched over the trumper swans in Burlington during winter for some 30 years. They are fed ,banded and tagged and if injured or sick,taken to rehab to get better. Along with Harry,Kyna and Julie this program to bring back the trumpeters has been successful. But as we know this could change at any time. To be surrounded by up to 200 trumpeting trumpeter swans literally right there. Well no words can describe. It is amazing. This is Jeff,Bev,myself and Ray on Jan 19th at LaSalle Marine Park,Burlington.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Burlington Jan 19th

The following few shots are taken by my son Jeff. Myself,Bev and the swans.
Canvasbacks,a nice flock hung out in the bay all afternoon. A trumpeter cygnet makes friends with a bufflehead. Very cute indeed. The swan followed it around for quite some time.Photos by myself.

Burlington Jan 19th

A little girl holds her hands out for the swans to come to her. The swans were bigger than she was. A lone female hooded merganser swims along feathers blowing in the breeze. The trumpeters draw in people from all over to see and learn about them.
Aw the perfect couple. Swans courting,a bufflehead male and female and a coot with its feathers blowing in the breeze

Trumpeter swans Jan 19th

My son & I did our annual trek to Burlington to see our good friends and trumpeter swans and were treated to some fancy dancing and carryings on by the swans.