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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Algonquin Creatures

A rather tasty male Parula.

The quite exotic looking Calico Pennant Celithemis elisa

What big eyes you have.

I think this is an Amber-winged Spreadwing Lestes eurinus. In theory the 'amber' washed wings should make identification straightforward!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

American Bittern

Not really the bittern I was hoping for, but nice enough....


Sunday, June 17, 2007

Carden Plain Birds

Wilson's Snipe - fond of fenceposts.

Carden Plain (a Canadian IBA) is an extensive area of globally rare alvar habitat about two hours north of Toronto. The flat limestone bedrock is either completely exposed or covered in only a thin layer of soil, resulting in dry, praire-like conditions which support a unique assemblage of flora and fauna.

I love the weird sounds Upland Sandpipers make.

Grasshopper Sparrows are pretty common at Carden.

Possibly the most photographed Eastern Bluebirds in Canada - the residents of box number 10 on Wylie Road.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Ebony Jewelwing

Ebony Jewelwing Calopteryx maculata (male) up close....

....and up closer.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Two Skimmers

Four-spotted Skimmer (or Chaser) Libellula quadrimaculata, King City, Ontario

Twelve-spotted Skimmer Libellula pulchella (female), King City, Ontario.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Some Flowers from the Bruce Peninsula

Yellow Lady's Slipper - ubiquitous along paths and on roadside verges!

Ram's Head Orchid at Singing Sands

Striped Coralroot on Flowerpot Island - part of the Bruce Peninsula National Park in Ontario.

Some Dragonflies

Dot-tailed Whiteface (male)

Chalk-fronted Corporal (male)

Widow Skimmer (immature male)