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Ontario Birds / Re: Humber Bay East Nov 26
« on: November 28, 2020, 09:51:43 am »
I meant right after you enter the park of Humber Bay Park East. The tall buildings often have nice reflections into the pond. That is also the very reason why I ask to tag along instead of asking for directions. I am no good at understanding or telling directions.  Haven't seen any fox yet. ;D
Here are Grebes. I think there are two, one in that pond, and one in the Superior Creek by Mimico Crusing Club. (I'm looking at the map)
Thank you. So lucky to see a horned Crebe, I'm happy with all the horned species.  ;D

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Backyard Birding / Re: The Ground Above My Feet
« on: November 27, 2020, 09:54:41 pm »
The invitations finally arrived.

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Ontario Birds / Re: Humber Bay East Nov 26
« on: November 27, 2020, 09:56:15 am »
I meant right after you enter the park of Humber Bay Park East. The tall buildings often have nice reflections into the pond. That is also the very reason why I ask to tag along instead of asking for directions. I am no good at understanding or telling directions.  Haven't seen any fox yet. ;D
Here are Grebes. I think there are two, one in that pond, and one in the Superior Creek by Mimico Crusing Club. (I'm looking at the map)



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Ontario Birds / Re: Humber Bay East Nov 26
« on: November 26, 2020, 10:06:07 pm »
I’m glad to see that you have finally gone out to photograph some winter water fowl and I guess that the somewhat warmer weather is the reason.  A 600mm lens is quite an asset to capture distant subjects and I’ve often wished that I had that kind of reach and didn’t have to work so hard to gain proximity.
Your shots of the Hooded mergansers are quite close. Did you crop much to achieve these frames? I never imagined that there were that many merganser on the Humber river. I guess the limited width of the river and the 12X power really helps pull them in. How do they react when you approach the river banks? Did you need to seek concealment? Very well done indeed.
The half a dozen or so Hooded Merganser was in pond under the building,  I was on the bridge to take the photos. So They were relatively close, and the males are just too showy. And I was a bit overwhelmed, because there were three males, and all acting, so it was hard to concentrate on one.
I followed your tip and shot at a lower angle, actually I used the fence as support because it was rainy this morning, hard to get good shots. There was also a Crebe, way too agile for me to get decent shot.


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Ontario Birds / Re: Humber Bay East Nov 26
« on: November 26, 2020, 05:42:19 pm »
The hawk was a bit awakward trying to balance up there. Maybe too full.

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Ontario Birds / Re: Humber Bay East Nov 26
« on: November 26, 2020, 05:39:40 pm »
Fasinating birds, trying to outdo each other

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Ontario Birds / Re: Humber Bay East Nov 26
« on: November 26, 2020, 05:38:18 pm »
They were full of showmenship

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Ontario Birds / Re: Humber Bay East Nov 26
« on: November 26, 2020, 05:36:53 pm »
Rarely saw two together, kind of sweet, no social distancing required, maybe mocking me that I had to wear a mask

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Ontario Birds / Humber Bay East Nov 26
« on: November 26, 2020, 05:34:21 pm »
Not the best weather, I am just glad it was out there, and it was quite warm

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Backyard Birding / Re: Cardinals in Winter Wonderland
« on: November 23, 2020, 08:21:55 pm »
Very nice shots!

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Backyard Birding / Re: Trunk on a pole - suet
« on: November 23, 2020, 01:21:07 pm »
Interesting behaviour of the junk food seeking Downy (small bill and black spots on white outer tail feathers). Cool capture.


/Thomas
Hi Thomas,  Thank you, I debated with myself too when I posted the pics this morning. Because when I saw it yesterday, it seemed larger, and this morning when I looked at the photo, especially the profile one, the bill was shorter. Maybe the distance a confused me. And it was snowing when I took the pics, but it was a great lesson, since I recently said to myself that at least I got my Hairy/Downy right. And here I am. :-\ :-\

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Backyard Birding / Re: Trunk on a pole - suet
« on: November 23, 2020, 08:21:40 am »
More wonderful ideas. I don't have birds visiting now with no feeder. During the snow yesterday, I found a Hairy climbed the wall on my neighbour's. Turned out a piece of pizza was hidden there by someone. (Mr. Squirrel or Racoon)

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Toronto Reports / Re: White-winged Crossbills reported
« on: November 21, 2020, 07:00:53 pm »
Thank you!!

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Toronto Reports / Re: Black-throated Gray Warbler
« on: November 21, 2020, 07:00:19 pm »
Now I know what they look like. Wonderful shots!! Hope he catches up and makes to South safely.

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Wildlife / Re: Red Fox
« on: November 20, 2020, 02:57:38 pm »
 :'( :'( I still have never seen a wild fox.

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