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Behaviour / Re: A Muskrat for Lunch
« Last post by Ally on Today at 08:57:24 pm »
That is so extraordinary. I guess they do take their chances at whatever food that is available. I need to make sure I don't look too feeble in front of these creatures.
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Backyard Birding / Re: Two New Yard Birds
« Last post by Ally on Today at 08:48:08 pm »
So nice! Love warbler portrait!
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Behaviour / A Muskrat for Lunch
« Last post by Dinusaur on Today at 08:36:17 pm »
A friend of mine and I were in Presqu'ile Provincial Park on Saturday, the day the Gull Island opened to visitors. We crossed the inlet on foot to go over to the island - the water was just below my knee. Though it was slim picking in the island, on the mainland side it was a different story. Apart from various shorebirds, warblers, falcons and hawks we also witnessed an incredible event of a Great Blue Heron swallowing a hapless Muskrat. Since the time we spotted, it took about 7 minutes for the heron to finally swallow the muskrat. I have seen herons catching and swallowing voles but never a prey this big. After pausing for few minutes the heron continued its stroll along water's edge in search of another prey.





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Backyard Birding / Two New Yard Birds
« Last post by Dinusaur on Today at 08:18:45 pm »
Not quire as exotic as Mourning warblers in SS' backyard, I was still excited to see a pair of each of these two new birds in the backyard cherry tree, bringing the total to 44.


Red-eyed Vireo




Bay-breasted Warbler

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Anything Goes / Re: Perseid meteor shower?
« Last post by Shortsighted on Today at 01:46:26 pm »
Starfest sounds intimidating. Being surrounded by all those telescopes and astronomical gear is like going to an audio show and being overwhelmed by high-end equipment that costs more than your car, or attending a car show that features vehicles worth more than everything one is likely to own in an entire lifetime. Getting into any hobby now is frustrating; either because some aspect of it (in the modern world) is now considered illegal, or because it requires a costly license. The tools of the hobby are likely beyond one's means. Someone recently asked me about a model that I used in a photo and told me that a model "kit" now costs $50.00 to $150.00. How is a kid, or a teenager ever going to afford to purchase a Styrene-based injection molded kit. The kit used in the photo was made years ago and probably cost $8.00. When amateur telescopes were made in the USA, or the UK they cost a few hundred dollars, perhaps a grand for a larger aperture. Now the equipment is probably made in China and costs thousands of dollars. Unless one is wealthy, or one's parents are wealthy, there is almost no chance of getting into a hobby any more. Even sports equipment now can set you back thousands. I think that Starfest would make me very uncomfortable. If its just behind your house do they ever ask you to turn off your exterior lights?
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Anything Goes / Re: Perseid meteor shower?
« Last post by Axeman on Today at 12:27:18 pm »
I watch it every year -- there is an astronomy convention every year at that time hosted in the campsite behind my place so I'm always reminded. The first 10 years or so that we lived here, I'd go out and look and never see a thing......I was looking the wrong way....turns out the best place to spot them is on my deck....and if I go out at the right time, there are hundreds if not thousands of them...this year I was up at my cottage...the convention hasn't operated for the last 2 years....obvious reasons....anyway, I did get lucky up north and spotted a couple....the convention is called Starfest.
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Ontario Birds / Re: Streetside woodlot, again
« Last post by Ally on Today at 10:00:29 am »
Dinu has already done this for the most common warblers. I even suggested a hologram-type double image effect using parallax to flash between images, but of course that would be impossible on a monitor. Besides, you can do it yourself with some research. Dinu can't do everything. He's only superhuman when connected to a lens. The rest of the time he's just a nice guy, albeit with a squints understanding of the physical world.
I mean how nice it would be to convince Steve and and Dave to also post theirs...
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Ontario Birds / Re: Streetside woodlot, again
« Last post by Ally on Today at 09:48:46 am »
I have a guidebook. But what fun would that be?
I can't do it with my warblers this year. Saw like 3 Fall species, and one of them was Yellow.  :'(
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Ontario Birds / Re: Streetside woodlot, again
« Last post by Shortsighted on Today at 09:14:58 am »
Dinu has already done this for the most common warblers. I even suggested a hologram-type double image effect using parallax to flash between images, but of course that would be impossible on a monitor. Besides, you can do it yourself with some research. Dinu can't do everything. He's only superhuman when connected to a lens. The rest of the time he's just a nice guy, albeit with a squint's understanding of the physical world.
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Ontario Birds / Re: Streetside woodlot, again
« Last post by Ally on Today at 08:51:20 am »
And can I say juvi blackpoll is so hard to ID, I mean they don't resemble their fathers. Can I suggest a side to side contrast for spring and fall warblers? Anyone? I say  anyone but you know which ones I am begging here.