Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Early April/Nature Notes

Colour is returning to Ontario...slow but surely

As you can see in the largest square, quite a few double-breasted cormorants have returned to a few of the nesting trees in Hamilton. They definitely like communal living! In a couple of weeks the "best" trees will be filled with nests and the late comers will be forced to nest in trees where I can take better photos of them. Tons of seagulls are on the ground below the trees as this will be a very, VERY active gull rookery in a few weeks.

Moving clockwise around the collage, you can see flying mute swans. Not ALL of the swans migrate but quite a few do.  The robin is singing its little heart out. The ground below her is unfrozen and she's looking forward to some fresh worms.

In the next square, the water in this fast-moving creek is free of ice and three Canada geese are enjoying a swim. In the square below the geese,  red osier dogwood is a stunning crimson. And in the last square, you can see a stream through a conservation marsh. In the far distance, water fowl are are landing and taking off. Many of the shy, exotic ducks are far beyond the reach of my lens. This marsh is a stop over while they wait for the ice on the deeper ponds and lakes to the north to melt. Two of my favourite lakes (Simcoe and Scugog) are still ice covered.

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30 comments:

see you there! said...

Such great bird photo's. You know how jealous I am and I now know what patience it takes to capture them.

Darla

Kathy said...

Things are you getting ready to burst wide open for you! Happy spring!

Lois Evensen said...

Ah, Spring! Very nice images. :)

Halcyon said...

Really beautiful. Love all those birds.

Jack said...

I like today's collage, EG. That robin looks pretty well fed.

Cildemer said...

Very nice collage of fabulous shots!
Love the robin. So cute;o)


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Judy said...

Wonderful collage...I spied lots of birds in our tree like that yesterday. Spring surely is here.

Small City Scenes said...

Excellent mosaic, EG. I love how you have everything put together so well. cormarants in trees--interesting. I see the red-osier glowing with color here too.
Excellent!!! MB

BJ Roan said...

Gorgeous birds. I love seeing nature come alive in spring.

Farmchick said...

I really like the largest photo in this collage. Just beautiful.

LĂșcia said...

Lovely shots, I couldn't choose a favourite, all of them show the beauties of nature. ;-)

Amila Kanchana said...

Hi, This is fantastic! I'll be on the look for new posts!

Kathe W. said...

great photos! and thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a nice comment- always appreciated!

Christina Klas said...

A fantastic compilation! It definitely speaks to the easy - laid-back nature that is Spring. Can't wait til Spring has Sprung here!

cieldequimper said...

Dare I say we have 26° C right now? Way too hot if you ask me so your gorgeous collage is a wonderful refreshment!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Lovely spring collage.So much happens in such a short time during spring.I think this is why this my favourite season.

Carver said...

Beautiful signs of early spring. I love the shots of the birds and also of the red osier dogwood. Beautiful shots all.

kaye said...

the ribbon of red dogwood is so striking.

Jedediah said...

The cormorant tree is great, I bet it's a noisy place.

Rose said...

A good title for a book would be Under the Cormorant Tree....love that picture and all the others....specially the red osier dogwood....

George said...

What a wonderful collage you've given us. It's good to see that signs of Spring are surely reaching you. The robin may be singing because he has a full tummy.

Leora said...

The red osier dogwood is striking. I enjoyed seeing the cormorants - must be neat to see them in person. As soon as I saw robins here, it felt like spring, even if it is a cold one. Your robin is adorable.

Rebecca said...

Love this collage!

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful nature mosaic. I love all the birds. The cormorant tree is cool It is nice to start seeing the spring birds.

A piece of news said...

That dogwood is really a wow!

Jacob and Lois Anne said...

A wonderful collage and thank you for a most interesting narrative explaining it! Glad to see spring is springing in Ontario. But we still have lots of Ontario cars driving about the Ocala area! Should I send them back home?

Debbie Smith said...

Love these photos! I really like the collage, and need to figure out how to do this.
Have a fabulous day!
Debbie's Travels

fairchildstreet said...

Beautiful. Looks like Spring is on its way. Charmaine

MyMaracas said...

Beautiful collage. I love seeing how the seasons change in different areas of the world

Rambling Woods said...

I like that they will have to nest where you can get better photos. LOL. It is so hard to get a good look during nesting season, but what opportunities you have..Michele

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