Bird Weekly Photo Challenge – Reflections

…..thanks to Lisa Coleman for hosting Bird Weekly Photo Challenge –https://oureyesopen.blog/2021/03/26/bird-weekly-photo-challenge-reflections-of-birds/

For week 41 Lisa has asked us to look for bird photos with their reflections.

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Sunday Trees – March 21, 2021

….I’m hoping Becca Givens returns soon to continue hosting this challenge

Spring has officially started but in my neck of the woods there are still no leaves or blossoms on the trees.

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Sculpture Saturday – March 20, 2021

some wonderful finds in High Park, Toronto

Today was another beautiful day in Toronto; sunny and warm (for March) and the paths and roads were dry and clear of ice and snow. I was in search of the red tail hawk that I saw last week but I saw no signs of him. Instead I spent the two hours taking photos of trees, squirrels, broken bits of picnic tables, stadium lights, fences and birds. On my travels throughout the park I came across some lovely sculptures a statue and a memorial stone cross.

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Thanks to Susan Kelly at No Fixed Plans for hosting Sculpture Saturday, https://nofixedplans5.wordpress.com/2020/11/14/sculpture-.saturday-9/

Cousin of the Rat but Cuter

thanks to Debbie Smyth for hosting Six Word Saturday https://travelwithintent.com/2021/03/20/trying-to-think-inside-the-box/

Today in High Park the squirrels were out and about, running up and down trees and through the tall grasses. I had my telephoto lens with me and was able to capture these beauties.

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Has Winter Left Us for Good?

….I can only hope but I’m not holding my breath

The last 10 days have been glorious. It started last week when we travelled to Niagara Falls for the day and the temperature rose to 20 degrees celsius. That practically t-shirt weather. I’ve seen signs of an early spring almost every day but in between we’ve had a few chilly days. Here are a few sure signs that spring isn’t far off.

People wearing shorts and t-shirts, enjoying the sun in the park, drinking coffee outside, daffodils in the markets, children playing in the park, wildflowers popping up through the brown leaves, beaver activity and grass turning green.

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A Fan of…..Raptors

thanks to Jez for hosting A Fan of …. https://mamacormier.com/2021/03/15/new-flower-march-15-2021-open-double-tulip/

As I was walking through High Park last week I notice a couple of people intently looking up through the trees. I was looking a for short cut back to my car so I headed in their direction. When I got closer I looked up and I could see a beautiful Red Tail Hawk with his back to us. Here was a moment when I wished I had my telephoto lens with me but I had use my iPhone and hope for the best.

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I wanted to get a shot from the front but when I stepped on a twig and snapped it the hawk flew away. He didn’t go far so we followed him to the next tree, a couple of times. I tried to walk without making too much noise but it is almost impossible this time of year with all the debris that lies on the hard ground.

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I knew that If I waited longed enough I might be able to get a shot of him taking off for the next tree.

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It pays to be patient.