Tag Archives: wildlife

You are being watched by the resident broad-winged hawk

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Broad-winged Hawk

This hawk is very impressive to be around. Starting with it’s awareness, it knows where I am all the time and tracks my movement continuously. To a certain degree it finds me curiously entertaining and I would say definitely not a threat. It visits each year for roughly 3 weeks bridging end July and beginning August. Sometimes its by itself (like this year) while others years there are two of them… adult and juvenile. Here its perched high atop a 75ft dead Birch watching me with the camera.

A good size Eastern Ribbonsnake checking you out

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Eastern Ribbonsnake in Muskoka

We are fortunate to have a wide variety of wildlife living among us. This year alone I have seen this Eastern Ribbonsnake, a Northern Ring-necked Snake, a broad winged hawk (which I may post next!), a pair of fresh water otters, a beaver, a coyote, a red tailed fox, and sadly too many skunks (why are there so many skunks this year?). I have seen this Eastern Ribbonsnake for 3 consecutive years now. Each spring it gives birth to a few baby snakes, one of which I saw eat a juvenile frog. That is how life roles…

Sally Lightfoot Crab Along The Turbulent Windy Shore

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Hi there! You visit often? Let me show you around these rocky crevices… This is a Sally Lightfoot crab, known by its technical name Grapsus grapsus (I don’t make this up – Wikipedia says its true). They live along the rocky shoreline where the turbulent ocean meets land, feeding mostly on algae and sometimes dead animals or marine life. They also appear to be quite photogenic! We are at Sheta Boka Park, Curacao.

Blue Tailed Emerald Hummingbird nesting in a palm tree

blue tailed emerald hummingbird female nesting curacao
She is a Blue Tailed Emerald Hummingbird – Chlorostilbon mellisugus – nesting in a palm tree next to the ‘people’ pool we were hanging at while in Curacao. Within her nest are 2 incredibly small eggs, and the nest itself is a mere two inches in height. I’m not as close to the hummingbird as it appears, using a zoom lens so as not to disturb.

Baby Sea Turtle Hatchling On Way To Sea

baby sea turtle hatchling on way to the sea
This is one of the very last baby sea turtles to hatch and scurry its way to the sea. We came across him/her early in the morning with about 10 feet to go… and yes he/she made it to the ocean! We later found a bunch of nests up the beach where this and many others had come from the night before. You see this on National Geographic, but to observe it person is pretty sweet!

Free ride: California Sea Lion sunning itself on stern of fishing boat

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Yeah, this is an everyday occurrence! At first glance, one is incredibly surprised to see this California Sea Lion on the fishing boat’s stern, with a few guys taking photos… not normal.  Then after 5+ minutes, you realize this might actually be a regular thing when the captain comes back with a fish for the mammal.  Trained you wonder?

Male and Female California Sea Lions off Los Cabos, Mexico

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Life of leisure! This pair of California Sea Lions – male and female – are sunning themselves on a single large rock where the Pacific Ocean meets the Gulf of California, at the tip of Baja California Sur, Mexico.

Monarch Butterfly Taking A Rest From Its Migration

monarch butterfly echo lake muskoka
On its way south this past September, this Monarch spent a day hopping between the flowers by the lake. Was very fortunate we could watch its activities while enjoying our early morning coffee and green tea.

Have You Ever Been Up-close With A Gold Dust Day Gecko?

gold dust day gecko phelsuma laticauda
According to internet blogs, the Gold Dust Day Gecko originated from Madagascar, and was introduced to Hawaii in 1974 by a university student. Bright green in color, it gets its name from the gold specs across its back. We saw this one at the airport sunny itself on a rock among passengers.

Camouflaged Chameleon Hanging In A Tree

camouflaged chameleon hanging in a tree hawaii
Credit my daughter for being able to pick out this chameleon. True to it’s name, its multi-shades of green made it hard to see at first. It was in a mid-size dense tree out front of a breakfast place we were eating at in Maui, Hawaii. This is my first chameleon to see and photograph in the wild, and can say I’m amazed at the horns, the ability for the eyes to look forward and backward at same time, and how the hands can grip a small branch so tightly.  And yes, they do rock back and forth as they walk!