A Cooper’s Hawk takes on a Big Brown Bat

A Cooper’s Hawk takes on a Big Brown Bat

a cooper's hawk in a north Toronto park, ontario, canada

On what seemed a very ordinary winter day, Bob and I took a leisurely walk over to one of our local parks to escape the routine of familiar household chores.  Milliken Park in Toronto, Ontario, was almost deserted.  Though we scanned bushes and trees, not a single bird was seen until I noticed a solitary Cooper’s Hawk perched on a sunlit branch.  Seconds later, the hawk launched into the air and nabbed a Big Brown Bat that was flying by. Read more

Hundreds of Sandhill Cranes in the Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario.

Hundreds of Sandhill Cranes in the Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario
sandhill cranes in flight over kawartha lakes in ontario, canada

On a bright, sunny Saturday in mid-October, Bob and I decided to make a trip to the Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario.  A fellow birder had reported groups of Sandhill Cranes in that vicinity where corn fields had recently been harvested.  At first, we were afraid the drive would be all for naught, but in the end, we located close to 200 of these elegant birds. Read more

Klipspringer Antelope in Kruger National Park near Nkumbe Lookout

Klipspringer Antelope in Kruger National Park near Nkumbe Lookout

An image of a Klipspringer near Nkumbe Lookout in Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Bob and I had no sooner left the parking lot at Nkumbe Lookout when we spotted a trio of Klipspringer antelope gallivanting among the rocks on the other side of the road.  What nimble little creatures! Read more

Our encounters with Cape Giraffe in Kruger National Park

Our encounters with Cape Giraffe in Kruger National Park

An image of a giraffe in Kruger National Park in South Africa. Photography by Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean.

One of my favorite animals seen when visiting South Africa was the tall, elegant South African Giraffe.  Also known as the Cape Giraffe, Bob and I came across these gentle giants on several occasions as we toured Kruger National Park, and it was always a pleasure to sit and observe them. Read more

African Penguins at Boulders Beach south of Cape Town

African Penguins at Boulders Beach south of Cape Town

An image of African penguins at Boulders beach, Table mountain national park, South Africa.

On our circuitous route around South Africa, Bob and I found ourselves, at one point, on the coast following the Garden Route south to Cape Town and onward to the Cape of Good Hope.  One of the stops we made while in that area was at Boulders Beach where a colony of African Penguins is found.  It was great fun watching them waddle to and fro across the sand. Read more

Mink Frogs Along The Mizzy Lake Trail

Mink Frogs Along Algonquin Park’s Mizzy Lake Trail

Mink frog sittting on a log in a wetlands along the Mizzy Lake Trail in Algonquin Park, Ontario

Along the back half of the Mizzy Lake Trail in Algonquin Provincial Park, if you hike in a counterclockwise direction as suggested, you will eventually arrive at Dizzy Lake.   That is where Bob and I found dozens of frogs including several Mink Frogs.  It was late in the afternoon when we crossed that particular section of wetland adjacent to the lake, and a good many frogs seemed to be contentedly basking in the sunshine while soaking in the water. Read more

A Blanding’s Turtle at the Carden Alvar

A Blanding’s Turtle at the Carden Alvar
blandings turtle, carden alvar, city of kawartha lakes, ontario, pic 15

Bob and I had been looking forward to getting up to the Carden Alvar for at least a couple of years.  Our schedule and family commitments just did not allow us the opportunity until this May.  I was filled with excitement at the prospect of seeing a number of early spring migrants and birds that favour the specialized habitat of the alvar plain, so it came as a pleasant surprise to also come across a rare Blanding’s Turtle. Read more

A Red Fox Vixen in Algonquin Park, Ontario

A Red Fox Vixen in Algonquin Park

red fox near lake of two rivers, algonquin park, ontario

One particular family of Red Foxes in Algonquin Provincial Park has become quite celebrated, so much so that seeing them no longer represents a challenge.  On our day trip to the Park in late April, it was exciting to come across not one but two Red Foxes separate and distinct from the other well known foxes.  This vixen was spotted near Lake of Two Rivers. Read more

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