|Eastern Bluebird - Female|
|Ojibway Park - Titcombe Pathway along the Provincial Tall grass Prairie Reserve|
Yesterday, after work I was reading Todd Pepper's Ontbird posting that an Ibis Species was at Holiday Beach. I figured I would continue my autumn tradition of going to HBMO after work on Friday and that turned out to be a great decision. The Glossy Ibis was resting and preening 50m west of the hawk tower, giving nice looks through Todd Pepper's scope. The blueish skin around its face hints that its a Glossy Ibis, as opposed to the pinkish skin seen on a White-faced Ibis. Low flying kettles of TV's flew overhead with a few Buteo species mixed in. At one point, Todd called out an eagle which came over the treeline to the east and was flying right by the tower, a little higher than eye level, perhaps 15-20ft away. It slowly dawned on me as I was looking at it through my binoculars that this was not a juvenile Bald Eagle, it was a majestic Juvenile Golden Eagle, complete with white windows under its wings, copper coloured head feathers, and a white band across its upper tail feathers.
A few Rusty Blackbirds flew by the tower as we relished in the great birding we had been experiencing. Jeremy Bensette arrived later and pointed out a Wilson's Snipe hiding along the southern edge of Big Creek. To my amazement, my camera had a catestrophic SD Card Error so I was unable to post any of my own photos from this outing. This is the second time in the last month or so I have lost images. I don't know if its my camera or the memory cards that have become faulty but I had to ask another HBMO member (thanks Larry Ludwicki) to use his photos to document the Ibis as I was unable to recover my images from my faulty card.
|Glossy Ibis & Great Egret - Photo © Larry Ludwicki - Used with permission|
|Bonus Photo from Nov 2010 - Yesterday's view was better than this... if you can believe that. This photo is actually featured on Cornell's Allaboutbirds website.|
Some Nature Quotes:
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.
One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.
One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.
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“Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it's beauty.”
― Albert Einstein
“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”
― Margaret Atwood, Bluebeard's Egg Source: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/nature