A Sopping Wet Sharp-shinned Hawk In Toronto



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A Sopping Wet Sharp-shinned Hawk In Toronto

Sharp Shinned Hawk stares straight ahead

One spring, in our local Toronto park, in Ontario, a Sharp-shinned hawk (Accipiter striatus) was taking issue with the weather even as a gentle mist continued to settle on the land.  The hawk had taken refuge in the top of a local century old maple tree. Read more

Wild beavers we have sighted across Ontario



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Wild beavers we have sighted across Ontario

Beaver swims down stream on Green River - Pickering - Ontario

With winter finally getting a grip on the land, Bob and I decided it was time for a hike on the Seaton Hiking Trail along the Green River near Whitevale, north of Pickering, Ontario.  Our outing proved worth the effort when we sighted wild beavers swimming up the river. Read more

A Sharp-shinned Hawk at Toronto’s Milliken Park



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A Sharp-shinned Hawk at Toronto’s Milliken Park

Sharp-shinned hawk - puffed up - Milliken Park - Toronto

Milliken Park, Toronto, Ontario

Beneath a very cloudy sky, Bob and I decided to visit Milliken Park in Toronto, Ontario, to see if we could spot any birds.  As it turned out, we spotted a Sharp-shinned Hawk. Read more

Pine Grosbeaks At Oxtongue Lake in Ontario

Pine Grosbeaks At Oxtongue Lake in Ontario

Pine Grosbeak, male, oxtongue lake, ontario

Bob and I were able to observe a group of Pine Grosbeaks on a visit to Oxtongue Lake, in Ontario.   What a marvelous opportunity to study their behavior and also take a few pictures.  Much like Gray Jays, Pine Grosbeaks are not put off by people, and actually are very easy to approach. Read more

Our Visit To Lima, Peru, The City Of Kings



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Our Visit To Lima, Peru, The City Of Kings

Lima, peru, main square

After spending close to a month touring Peru, Bob and I returned to the capital city of Lima and spent our last day touring the city’s old quarter before flying back to Canada. Read more

Message In A Bottle Found On Rouge River – Who Wrote It?



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Message In A Bottle Found On Rouge River – Who Wrote It?

Message in a bottle on shore of Rouge River - Markham - Ontario

Late one fall, Bob and I were out looking for a reported Great Horned Owl in the forest along the east shore of the Rouge River in Markham, Ontario, when we came upon a bottle lying along the shore’s edge.  This bottle caught our eye because we could clearly see that it had a message inside.  Whoever set this bottle afloat made sure it was watertight and waterproof.  Although not swept out to sea, this letter was set adrift by the messenger with hopes that it would be found someday on Markham’s Rouge River.  And indeed, it has been found!! Read more

Our tour of Cusco the former capital of the Inca Empire



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Our tour of Cusco the former capital of the Inca Empire

cusco, peru

After finishing our adventure into the Amazon, Bob and I  flew back to Cusco, the former Inca capital in Peru.  After getting checked into our hotel, we walked over to the Plaza de Armas, which is featured in the centre of this photo.  This square, seen here surrounded by various different church steeples, was once the hub of the Inca Empire.  It was here in this mountain valley, in the exact middle of Plaza de Armas, that the Inca people believed that the centre of the universe and all power on earth was focused.  Given the success of their Empire before the Spanish arrived, it’s not hard to understand why they believed that. Read more

A Coopers Hawk sighting in Goldhawk Park in Toronto



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A Coopers Hawk sighting in Goldhawk Park in Toronto

We sighted this Coopers Hawk sitting in a tree in Goldhawk Park in Toronto, Ontario.  I think you would agree, it is only fitting that the bird landed in “Goldhawk” Park given its color and that it’s a hawk. Read more

Our travels from Domburg to Queen’s Day in Amsterdam



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Our travels from Domburg to Queen’s Day in Amsterdam

During our last few days in Holland, we headed towards the North Sea coast in the Dutch province of Zeeland.  Once there, we stayed in Zeeland’s oldest seaside resort village of Domburg. Read more

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