Saturday, September 29, 2012

Missing in action...

Sorry about my absence, my 90 year old mother in law, took a turn for the worst and passed away earlier in the week, it has been a hectic few weeks, I will return soon and catch up with every one.. :)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Bear Watch...

We have a problem with Black Bears in Timmins, this year.
Seems every area of town has its own bear, some areas have more than one.
We have a big male and also a female and her two cubs at the camp, roam around at nite, mostly
they aren't dangerous unless provoked, it seems, so not a major problem if people would be more bear wise, clean barbecues, no garbage left out, no birdfeeders.
The blue berry crops are terrible this year, is one reason why they are hungry and coming into town
searching for food, sad really.
Here are a few shots that I took the other evening around 10: not great pics due to lighting, but I was glad to get them, he is up a neighbors tree, the cops were called and so I am told, it was tranquilized and removed.
After I had taken a few pics, a fellow came with a huge flashlite, shone it on the bear and up the tree he went, can't blame him, you can just see his 'eye' near the top of this huge tree..

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Merlin Falcon Having his lunch...

My neighbor called me today and told me to get my camera, that there was a Falcon at the end of her driveway eating another bird. I was able to catch a few shots before he flew off with his catch.
Just wondering if the birders out there, may know for sure if it is a Falcon or another bird of prey.
After checking a few bird books and online, I think it could be a juvenile Peregrine or more likely, a Merlin Falcon,  but not sure.
Any information would be appreciated.
I ended up emailing a pic to the Canadian Peregrine Foundation to get a true I.D. and my answer back was a Merlin Falcon...neat stuff...A lifer for me...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Northern Flying Squirrel...

As some of you will remember, I photograph these fellows every summer at our camp. Summer just wouldn't be summer without their 'nightly' visit. These were all taken at approximately 11:00 P.M.

This is a description taken from wikipedia..
"The nocturnal, arboreal rodents have thick light brown or cinnamon fur on their upper body. A furry membrane called a patagium extends between the front and rear leg and allows the animal to glide through the air. It's greyish on the flanks and whitish underneath. They have large eyes and a flat tail. They can also be identified by their long whiskers, common to nocturnal mammals. The adult northern flying squirrel measures from 25 to 37 cm long, and their weight can range from 110 to 230 grams."

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Yellow Woolly Bear Caterpillar...

and he was in a hurry...
at camp this weekend...