Bufflehead Ducks at Rouge National Park in Toronto



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Bufflehead Ducks at Rouge National Park in Toronto

Bufflehead, Rouge National Park, Toronto

Late one fall, Bob and I hiked a new trail at Rouge National Park, here in Toronto, Ontario.  We were amazed at how remote it felt on the edge of a big city, and the Bufflehead ducks that are from the Arctic seemed right at home. Read more

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A Red-bellied Woodpecker at Lynde Shores Conservation Area



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A Red-bellied Woodpecker at Lynde Shores Conservation Area

Red-bellied Woodpecker in amongst the branches - Lynde Shores Conservation Area, Whitby, Ontario

On a visit to Lynde Shores Conservation Area in Whitby, Ontario,  Bob and I managed to sight a Red-bellied Woodpecker late in the afternoon beneath cloudy skies, high in a treetop. Read more

We loved visiting Paris in the Spring



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We loved visiting Paris in the Spring

Paris downtown - hazy morning

There are few places on the planet that Bob and I have visited that can compare to Paris In The Spring.  And even as our picture illustrates, it does get cloudy in that City of Light, but still, it is a city where time seems to stand still, and as you walk its streets, hills and riverside, the past and present seem to meld into one. Read more

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) sits in Oxtongue tree

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

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

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 picture.  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

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