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.
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
and now for the rare, American Avocet, Recurvirostra americana
Unfortunately the bird was to far for a decent photo.
This Least Chipmunk (Tamias minimus) was photographed on the Beaver Pond Trail in Algonquin Park.
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) perched on a branch overlooking the Otonabee River in Peterborough, Ontario.
A Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina), makes the dangerous trek across the road. I assisted the turtle after taking this photograph. Peterborough has a facility called the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre, dedicated to helping turtles that have been injured by vehicles
Moose (Alces alces) are the largest member of the deer family. In the spring, they come out and drink the water from the roadside ditches. This is a great source for sodium from the road salt used in the winter road maintenance. The bulls are regrowing their impressive antlers, which they dropped after the previous breeding season.
While wading out into a pond to photograph Midland Painted Turtles, this Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) landed on the reeds near me. At first I thought it had nesting material that it had gathered, but on closer inspection I realized it was some sort of dragonflies or dragonfly larvae.
I captured several lightning strikes, at the end of Monaghan Road in Peterborough.