Birds at the Toronto Zoo

….cold, grey and windy outside but warm and calm indoors

On Sunday, despite the forecast of high winds and rain, the Turners and I ventured to the Toronto Zoo. We had a lovely day and the rain never materialized to more than a mist and the high winds held off until we left.

One of my favourite places at the zoo is the Rain Forest Pavilion. For one thing it’s very dry and quite warm in there. It houses some beautiful greenery and some very interesting birds. One of the most interesting for me was the Hamerkop. This is a medium sized bird that lives in the wetlands of Madagascar, Africa and Arabia. It is famous for the large nests it likes to build and the one at the Toronto Zoo is no exception.

Homer is free to fly around the pavilion and the staff leave nesting materials lying around for him to build his dome shaped nest. These nests can be as big as 2 metres deep and 2 metres wide. Not only has Homer used the building materials that are left for him but he’s clearly found other objects, like mittens and pieces of paper to add to his structure.P1070411

Most of the other birds were kept in more enclosed areas to protect them from flying into the cold outside. They seemed pretty content with their surroundings where there were numerous trees, perches and resting areas.P1070428

Some birds were very happy to share a space with the resident rhinoceros .P1070501

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge – Close-up

….thanks to Lens-Artist Photo Challenge for this week’s theme

Yesterday I went to the Toronto Zoo and took my Panasonic Lumix camera with the wide angle lens. I had a little bit of difficulty with the settings but I did manage to get some interesting close-ups of some of the animals.P1070440

Another ‘Scary’ Monster

….oh no, are they too scary again?

Monday’s Monster Monday generated this response from our granddaughter, “That’s a scary monster.” A few weeks ago she didn’t want to look at the Monday drawings because she knew they were monsters and monsters are scary. We’ll see how she responds to next week’s drawing.


Mundane Monday #200 – Crop

….thanks to Ko Rural Mad as Hell blog for hosting Mundane Monday

Dictionary result for crop

  1. a cultivated plant that is grown as food, especially a grain, fruit, or vegetable.
    “the main crops were oats and barley”
    • an amount of produce harvested at one time.
      “a heavy crop of fruit”
      synonyms: harvest, year’s growth, yield, produce, vintage, gathering, reaping, gleaning, garnering;

      “some farmers lost their entire crop”
    • an abundance of something, especially a person’s hair.
      “he had a thick crop of wiry hair”
    • the total number of young farm animals born in a particular year on one farm.

      This bird certainly has a thick crop of feathers on top of his head.


An abundant crop of apples on the tree and vegetables at the market.IMG-6825

Friendly Friday – Dreamy

….thanks to Snow for hosting Friendly Friday this week

The task is to post at least one photo that depicts the concept of ‘dreamy’. For me, right now in the middle of winter here in Toronto, dreamy images are ones of warm waters, sandy beaches and sunshine. Let me take you back to summers at the cottage.IMG-3092