Owls

The past two weekends I have been out photographing owls. The first trip was to Presqu’ile Park where I found three Barred owls (Strix varia). This weekend I made a trip with a friend to Amherst Island and saw four species of owls; Barred Owl (Strix varia), Boreal Owl (Aegolius funereus), Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus) and Snowy Owls (Bubo scandiacus). Unfortunately the Snowy Owls where too far away to get photos of, but I did get a good look at them through a birders spotting scope.

Boreal Owl (Aegolius funereus)

Boreal Owl (Aegolius funereus), copyright Stewart Stick

Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus)

Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus), copyright Stewart Stick

Barred Owl (Strix varia)

Barred Owl (Strix varia), copyright Stewart Stick

Quest for Hognose (Heterodon platirhinos)

I was out travelling with my friend Clint today looking for wildlife to photograph. The one species of Ontario snake at the top of our list to see in the wild is the Eastern Hognose Snake (Heterodon platirhinos). While driving up a curved hill we spotted a snake on the road close to the edge. Clint pulled over to the shoulder as soon as he safely could, and we sprinted down the hill. As we approached, we quickly realized that the car directly behind us had clipped it. We took a few photos and left heartbroken. Hopefully our second ecounter is just around the corner and will have a happier ending.

Eastern Hognose Snake, Heterodon platirhinos (copyright Stewart Stick)

Eastern Hognose Snake, Heterodon platirhinos (copyright Stewart Stick)

Eastern Hognose Snake, Heterodon platirhinos (copyright Stewart Stick)

Eastern Hognose Snake, Heterodon platirhinos (copyright Stewart Stick)

Common and not so common sightings

Today I photographed two species of bird. The first one is very common and the second one is rare in the area.

First up is the common, Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias

Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias (copyright Stewart Stick)

Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias (copyright Stewart Stick)

and now for the rare, American Avocet, Recurvirostra americana
Unfortunately the bird was to far for a decent photo.

American Avocet, Recurvirostra americana (copyright Stewart Stick)

American Avocet, Recurvirostra americana (copyright Stewart Stick)