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Pileated Woodpecker

Last weekend I was coming in from filling up the bird feeders when I noticed a beautiful Pileated Woodpecker on a tree in the woods beside our house. It was madly ‘drilling’ holes in the tree, in search of juicy insects to eat. I didn’t think I’d get back into the house without disturbing him so instead I just enjoyed watching it for a few minutes and soaking up the beautiful sight. I went inside and was amazed that it was still there, busily excavating the tree trunk. So I grabbed my camera, my 600 mm lens and crept out the door. I was sure it would fly away before I could get my camera set up. Nope. So I took a few shots and then moved closer. It still seemed oblivious to me. So I took a few steps closer. Still ok. At one point the bird looked at me, but it certainly didn’t seem very concerned. It just went back to busily excavating in search of dinner.

Here’s one of the images that I made that day. I’m thankful for such a tolerant woodpecker. ๐Ÿ™‚

Pileated Woodpecker excavating for insects

Pileated Woodpecker excavating for insects

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Ending soon – my bird photography exhibit at Gilligallou in Almonte, Ontario

Hi Folks! It’s been a busy, busy time and things have kept me away from my blog posts, but I’ve re-surfaced and so you can expect more posts from me from now on.

Just wanted to let those of you in the Ottawa, Ontario area know, that the exhibit of my bird images at the Gilligallou Bird Shop in Almonte, Ontario will be ending this weekend. So while the weather is cool, the humidity is down, and you want to get out for a nice drive in the country, do it now. The exhibit will be coming down at the end of July.

Me, in front of my display of bird photos. They'll be on display for the month of July, so drop on by to have a look.

Me, in front of my display of bird photos. They’ll be on display for the month of July, so drop on by to have a look.

A big thank you to Bob and Louise at Gilligallou for their kindness in letting me show some of my images in their store. Be sure to check out their store. It’s packed full of great things – anything to do with birds. They sell very high quality bird seed for birds of all kinds.

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And check out this new bird bath. I have my eye on this… ;o)

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Birds, Birds, Birds!

With early mornings filled with the melodic sound of bird song, it’s a great time of year to enjoy hearing and seeing ย our local birds. Thanks to Bob and Louise at Gilligallou Bird Inc shop in Almonte, Ontario, yesterday I was able to help people see what some of our local birds look like close up.

Bob and Louise have a fabulous shop that is all about birds – feeders, houses, seed, books, binos, and a ton more! It’s one of my favourite shops in Almonte and my visits there usually take a while as I look at all the fantastic things they have in their store. I have my eye on a gorgeous glass bird bath they sell, so I know I’ll be back soon.

Bob, outside the Gilligallou Bird Shop in Almonte. It's a fabulous shop for all things bird..... :o)

Bob, outside the Gilligallou Bird Shop in Almonte. It’s a fabulous shop for all things bird….. ๐Ÿ™‚

Bob and Louise very kindly provided me with the opportunity to exhibit 14 of my bird images in their shop. So as of today, I am Miss July – my photos will be up in their shop for the month. ๐Ÿ™‚

Me, in front of my display of bird photos. They'll be on display for the month of July, so drop on by to have a look.

Me, in front of my display of bird photos. They’ll be on display for the month of July, so drop on by to have a look.

I have 14 photos on display in the store. All the birds in my exhibit are species that occur in the Ottawa area.

I have 14 photos on display in the store. All the birds in my exhibit are species that occur in the Ottawa area.

If you’re in the Ottawa area, I hope you’ll pop down to Gilligallou to check out my images. While you’re there, you will have to take some time to look around the shop at all the amazing bird feeders, houses and other incredible things. I guarantee you that you can’t just pop in for a quick look. There are too many neat things to see. If you’re needing a new bird feeder or have run out of seed, this is the place to shop. And if you have questions about your feathered friends – what to feed them, what kind of feeder you need for them – Bob and Louise are incredibly knowledgeable and will be able to help you.

Gilligallou Bird Store in Almonte - for everything you need for your birds

Gilligallou Bird Store in Almonte – for everything you need for your birds

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Thanks Bob and Louise, for such a great opportunity!

Visit Gilligallou at:

https://www.facebook.com/GilligallouBird

14 Mill Street, Unit #3, Almonte (Almonte, ON)

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The Warblers Return – Photo of the Week

I’m late with the Photo of the Week – sorry! Spring is my busiest time of year. The warblers are back, the wildflowers are starting to bloom. Oh, so much to get out and photograph!

But here is this week’s Photo of the Week from 44th Parallel Photography – better late, than never. ๐Ÿ™‚ This week’s photo is of one of our beautiful little warblers that pass by on their way up to the boreal forest. I love this time of year and in late winter every year, look forward to seeing the return of these beautiful little birds.

Click on the thumbnail below to view 44th Parallel Photography’s Photo of the Week

27 April 2013

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Returning – Photo of the Week

It’s been a busy time lately, but I finally got out with my camera. It was a great day to be out – the first time this year that it’s actually felt like spring. It lifted my spirits and I so enjoyed photographing the Red-winged Blackbirds and Common Grackles that have returned to the cattail marshes to duke it out for the best territories. Spring has returned. ๐Ÿ™‚

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13 April 2013

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Signs of Spring – Photo of the Week

Finally, I’m back! Enjoying blog posts, social media posts and just generally do things photographic. Between getting over the flu, doing my InDesign II course, and a whole host of other things, it’s good to be back. I don’t like missing my regular blog posting. I feel disconnected. So I’m happy to post that I have a new Photo of the Week. This one is again on the theme of lamenting the lack of spring weather, but with a more optimistic tone. ๐Ÿ™‚ This week’s post is about robins. Those tough little birds that usher in the change of the season, from winter to spring.

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6 April 2013

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Winter in Lanark County

Tomorrow is the Spring Equinox – the official first day of spring. Yay! But it sure doesn’t look very spring-like outside right now! Overnight and through today we’ve had about 10 cm of snow dumped at our front doors and apparently more is on the way. Most people I talk to have had enough of winter now and find this pretty discouraging. True – I’d be happy for some warmth, sunshine and birds singing.

This is probably our last blast of winter for this season. So to celebrate the end of winter, I thought I’d post some images from winter around Lanark County, Ontario. Enjoy!

Beaver ponds are plentiful around Lanark County.

Beaver ponds are plentiful around Lanark County.

Cattail marshes with old dead trees can be picturesque, especially on days with moody skies.

Cattail marshes with old dead trees can be picturesque, especially on days with moody skies.

I love isolating just a few cattails and some snow.

I love isolating just a few cattails and some snow.

The Tay River from the Christie Lake Road bridge.

The Tay River from the Christie Lake Road bridge.

Trees reflecting in the Tay River.

Trees reflecting in the Tay River.

A few rustic highlights along the Tay.

A few rustic highlights along the Tay.

Along Althorpe Road after a blizzard.

Along Althorpe Road after a blizzard.

Dead milkweed pods in the snow. The late day sun casts lovely shadows.

Dead milkweed pods in the snow. The late day sun casts lovely shadows.

I love the blue shadows the late day sun creates on the white snow.

I love the blue shadows the late day sun creates on the white snow.

Tree branches casting a shadow on the snow.

Tree branches casting a shadow on the snow.

Mounds of snow sculpted by the wind.

Mounds of snow sculpted by the wind.

Beautiful snowscapes....

Beautiful snowscapes….

Sun shining through the forest trees.

Sun shining through the forest trees.

Late in the day on the far side of our pond.

Late in the day on the far side of our pond.

Fresh snow creates a winter wonderland.

Fresh snow creates a winter wonderland.

Tea coloured ice from the tannins leached from the fall leaves.

Tea coloured ice from the tannins leached from the fall leaves.

Some of winter's visitors to the area - a Common Redpoll.

Some of winter’s visitors to the area – a Common Redpoll.

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