A Great Blue Heron plays to the camera at Milliken Park

A Great Blue Heron plays to the camera at Milliken Park

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Patience is a virtue, and often when Bob and I are birdwatching, time is of the essence so patience goes out the window.  On one “quick” visit to Milliken Park in Toronto, to check the progress of the recently-hatched Trumpeter Swan cygnets, what actually stole my attention was this Great Blue Heron.  Bob left me to my stakeout while he enjoyed the company of the 2-week old cygnets. Read more

A Great Blue Heron along Algonquin Park’s Mizzy Lake Trail

A Great Blue Heron along Algonquin Park’s Mizzy Lake Trail

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Because Mizzy Lake Trail in Algonquin Park, in Ontario, visits so many small lakes and ponds, there are ample opportunities along its length to spot wildlife including a variety of waterfowl.  One such bird to catch our eye was a Great Blue Heron that was skulking along the edge of a wetland adjacent to the old railway bed upon which a section of the trail is built. Read more

Great Blue Heron Chicks At Oxtongue Lake Rookery

Great Blue Heron Chicks At Oxtongue Lake Rookery

Great Blue Herons and baby , Oxtongue lake, Ontario

On a visit to Oxtongue Lake, in Ontario, Bob and I made a point of revisiting the now familiar Great Blue Heron rookery because we knew the Great Blue Herons had made their return to the nests earlier this spring.  What a delight to see so many young herons once we got our binoculars and camera lenses focused on the nests. Read more

Great Blue Herons On Their Nests At Oxtongue Lake

Great Blue Herons On Their Nests At Oxtongue Lake

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During the third week of May one spring, Bob and I found ourselves in the community of Oxtongue Lake, in Ontario, Canada.  One of our objectives was to visit the Rookery where Great Blue Herons (Ardea herodias) have nested in past years.  When we first broke through the forest that surrounds the beaver pond, we saw only vacant nests.  It wasn’t long before one of the majestic herons flew in and landed on its nest. Read more

Osprey return to their nest at Youngs Point

Osprey return to their nest at Youngs Point

Two Osprey in their nest at Young's Point - Ontario - Canada

In the spring of 2013, the Osprey had been sighted at Youngs Point, on the Trent-Severn Waterway at Lock 27, a small village just north of Peterborough, Ontario.  They had returned to their nesting grounds for the season.  On a trip up that way, Bob photographed and filmed the pair perched on their nest. Read more