Battle of a Young Bald Eagle and and Osprey

Heard weird screams outside a few minutes ago and looked out to see a young bald eagle and osprey fighting in mid-air! Two incredibly strong birds. Eagle won and osprey flew away seemingly unscathed. Wow!

Grabbed my camera but the battery was still in the charger – of course >:s  By the time I got the camera ready, all that was left of the battle was the young bald eagle circling the lake looking for fish. Oh well, here are my very rough photos of it.

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Have You Ever Seen a Turtle Climb a Fence?

Over the last few mornings we have had a steady trail of snapping turtles climbing our septic bed to dig in the dirt/sand at the top and lay their eggs. This morning I noticed this one who had a different approach than the others. She seemed to be eyeing the vegetable garden instead.  Snapping turtle on it's way to the veg. gardenI took the above shots trying not to disturb her too much and when I walked back to the house, I turned around and saw her trying to climb the fence!Turtle climbing garden fenceOf course when I went back to take more pictures of her she acted like a statue again 🙂turtle trying to get into garden turtle trying to get into the gardenI never did see where she laid her eggs but I hope she had success somewhere!

Elusive and Silly Otters

For only a day or two every spring and sometimes in the fall, we have the rare opportunity to see otters. It is usually when the ice is half covering the lake and they are so much fun to watch slide and play. Unfortunately they are at a distance so it is difficult to get a good photo of them.

One year I saw a Bald Eagle after one! I am not sure if they were competing for a fish but the otter wouldn’t go under the ice, (maybe for fear of getting trapped?) instead it insisted on going over it which was much to thin and kept breaking under it’s weight. The eagle kept diving at it and finally the otter got to open water and dove under to get away. I wish I had a good telephoto lens for that scene!

These are the best photos I could snap so my apologies for my amateurish photography. They are so fun to watch when they run and slide on their bellies. They look like they are always having fun!

Dreaming Of Vegetable Gardens And Loving Spring

A couple of weeks ago we planted some starter seeds indoors for veggies to be transplanted into our garden when it is warm enough outside to do so. It is exciting to think that we have survived another winter and soon the earth will be awakening again. Already, the skies are beginning to fill with birds on their return flight after spending a winter in some warmer, less hostile climate than Canada in the winter.

I have to admit I love pretty much everything about living in Canada, but there are always a few moments in the winter when I wonder what in the world I am doing living in such a frigid and desolate place. Once the majority of the birds fly south and the animals go to sleep, the silence can be both lovely and lonely at once. Hearing the honking Canada Geese or the excited call of the Red-Winged Blackbirds makes my heart glad and I long for the lullaby of the Spring Peepers which I know will soon follow.

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So far, this year we have pre-planted seeds for the following:
•Green Beans
•Dark Green Zucchini
•Dwarf Green Curled Kale (only Kale seeds I could find – should be interesting)
•Long Green Cucumber
•Chioggia Beets
•Sugar Snap Peas
•Lettuce

And a few flowers:
•Morning Glory
•Nasturtium (I love these in hanging baskets and also for adding colour to the garden, and their flowers are edible and nice in salads with a slight nutty/spicy taste)
•Candy Stripe Cosmos (remind me of my grandmother’s garden)

Here are some photos from a few years ago of my daughters planting and caring for the seeds.Image

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If you have any gardening stories or just general spring gratitude, I would love to hear.

Have a great weekend!

Young Bald Eagle Learning to Fish – “If at First You Don’t Succeed…”

Found some more photos I took of one of the neighbours a couple of years ago. One afternoon, I noticed a huge bird swooping over and over again down to the water at the end of our lawn. It must have done this for about 20 minutes. I managed to snap a few photos through which I later identified the bird to be a young Bald Eagle. It didn’t have it’s identifiable white head yet so I was stumped. It was pretty special to be able to view such a stunning and skilled bird learning it’s craft. When watching the grace and power of an adult eagle catch fish, it is hard to believe they have to aquire this skill, but watching how hard this young bird had to work and practice over and over again to learn, sometimes gracefully, other times downright gawky, it was pretty awesome (and inspiring) to witness.

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First Gosling! And a Duck Who Thought She Was The Mom?

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Yesterday I saw the first gosling of the year! Right when I noticed it and was snapping away with my camera, I noticed something interesting happening…

…so, there is the little gosling (soooo cute).


 Along came a curious Ring Necked Duck followed by some males vying for her attention. 

The little duck gets chased by a parent goose who is rightfully protecting it’s only baby.

The duck does not give up. She chases away her male pursuers and continues to follow the gosling, quite smitten by it.  

Finally, she catches up and the parent geese decide she is not really much of a threat so allow her to hang out with them. The duck kept swimming around the little gosling who was curious about the duck.

For a short while, she managed to have the gosling all to herself while the parents watched from not to far away.

Eventually the parents decided to step in again and shoo away the duck after they let her have her fun.

I really have not idea why this duck was so interested in the gosling. It seemed to me she wanted to be it’s mother, but of course being a mother myself, I am only speculating from my own perspective! Perhaps she was just curious, or wanted to play. Whatever the situation, it was fun to watch 🙂

Deer, Deer and more Deer

Thought I would share a collection of deer photos taken over the last year or so.

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These deer were struggling just to move in the deep snow…Image

…and got frustrated with each other.
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This little one hung around most of the morning to avoid some nearby coyotes. It was much less afraid of my daughter in the window.Image

Bugs were driving the deer batty on this day.Image

Some Wildlife from the last 2 Days

Just been snapping some pics of the neighbours yesterday and today and thought I would share.

The Great Blue Heron always leaves me breathless.


This little mink has decided to take up residence in a nearby rock pile. It was running back and forth yesterday gathering some meat from something dead and returning it to the rock pile. It was difficult to get a good photo since it is so quick.

This Hare was making many laps circling the house for some reason. It stayed still just long enough for me to get this shot. I noticed it still has a couple of small patches of white winter fur remaining.

Last Night’s Sunset and This Morning’s Snowstorm

“Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in morning, sailors take warning”.
After growing up with lots of sailing in my life, I can attest that this saying is usually true. However, after last evening’s stunning sunset, I certainly would not want to be sailing in the snow that was flying this morning!

Photo below is of same tree as photo above. Ah, the difference a day can make.

This tree you may recognize from this post.

You may recall on my very first post back in March (here), I was kind of bragging about how warm it was and how we were skipping spring this year and going straight for summer. Well, joke is on me now! :-/

Osprey Hunting

Of all the birds and wildlife I see every day, I am always breathless when I watch the Osprey hunting for fish. They are truly spectacular birds. With their expansive wings, they hover when they see a fish, then tuck them in and dive right underwater from great heights. Somehow they effortlessly go from complete submersion to high flight in a matter of moments, shaking the water off their wings mid-flight upon ascent. I have tried to capture the spectacle but feel my photos do not do justice to what is witnessed by the eye.

Hunting
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Hovering
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Keeping an eye on the fish
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Beginning the descent
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The plunge
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A closer look
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Hunting again
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