Saturday, September 27, 2008

Camera Critters Still About

This is a wonderful time of year for walking and each day we have been wandering around making note of all the little creatures that are still here. I saw Spotted Sandpipers in the river the other day and a few Wood Ducks off in secluded corners of the river. Also a Great Blue Heron rose from the marsh in such beauty and haste that it surprised me totally. I saw a Monarch butterfly on asters by the railroad tracks and I think it must have been a brand new one, for its colours were so fresh and intense, and its wings looked like they still had fold wrinkles left from its time in the crystalis stage.
While standing on the railroad footbridge, leaning on the railing I noticed that we were sharing it with an Eastern Phoebe which was standing on it further down at the other end. It didn't seem to mind us being there and stood quietly while I was able to take quite a few pictures of it. Each day now I am seeing Common Mergansers in our river. Woodpeckers, both the little Downeys and the larger Hairy have now returned to our feeder area and we continue to note seasonal changes each day.
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This is my contribution today to Camera Critters. My appreciative thanks to Misty for hosting this site. To see other participant's photo contributions just click HERE or on the Camera Critters
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37 comments:

Teena in Toronto said...

Nice array of pix!

I played too :)

Misty Dawn said...

Fantastic photos and a really great post! I really enjoyed seeing everything you have seen on your walks... now, I need to go on a walk myself ;-)

Lapa37 said...

Great photos love the little bird it is so pretty.

Pagan Sphinx said...

Your monarch is lovely. I have monarchs on my CC post also.

:-)

Aileni said...

You remind me that I haven't seen a Merganser since leaving the island.
You have nice neigbours.

Mary said...

Love the new header photo! That bird on the rail is really posing and I love it :-) Fall will bring with it new excitments we forgot while enjoying summer. Each season has its beauty!

♥ KaThYcOt ♥ said...

the famous of all butterfly! lovely!!

mine is up too!

http://www.kathycot.com/2008/09/camera-critters-3.html

Yen said...

I love all those photos! Love the first one:) Mine is posted HERE too. Happy CC!~

Carletta said...

What a wonderful variety of critters you have shared with us today!
But, that landscape at the end is absolutely GORGEOUS!

bobbie said...

a wonderful series of pictures! I love that little phoebe! So cute.

Teena in Toronto said...

Thanks for stopping by mine.

Morgan isn't from Nova Scotia ... but I am! Good eye :)

Sue said...

Beautiful nature shots! My entry is here

Stop by if you have a moment.

Reader Wil said...

Great post and very informative too!Thanks for sharing.

ratmammy said...

i love your photos! that was a great close up of the bird at the bottom. and beautiful foliage shot too.

Picturing of Life said...

ALL beautiful shots. the last shot was very beautiful view

Please drop at my CC post also : in HERE Thanks

Wendy said...

Great photos. I especially like the Eastern Phoebe. It is neat to see how you blurred the background.

Wendy
www.swishersweetie.com

Christy said...

And here I thought I would be unique in sharing my monarch photos.

Beautiful photos. Looks like it was a refreshing walk.

fishing guy said...

Ann: Beautiful camera work and some really neat camera captures.

Tootie said...

Beautiful photos!

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hi! All beautiful pictures. The monarch is amazing and I don't think I have ever seen a Phoebe before. Very beautiful. It appears to be posing for you. Lisa

twobarkingdogs said...

Beautiful photos .. thanks for sharing.

Please stop by both blogs for double the Critters.

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AppleDebbie said...

What a wonderful series of photos. I love the Fall colors... absolutely gorgeous!

CrazyCath said...

Beautiful critters - all of them. I especially love that butterfly.

i beati said...

your pictures are all so magnificent. I could read forever. and ever.. sandy

Deborah Godin said...

Love all your shots and descriptions, but there's something about that first one of the shadows on the bridge - the perfect mysterious melancholy note for fall. Enjoyed them all!

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Lovely photos, all.

Leora said...

Love your top photo with the reflection of the people off the bridge. And the bottom one is true autumn...lovely scene. Wish I could be there.

Tommy V said...

great series of pictures

Dar's Foto Faze said...

Beautiful photos. I love the butterfly.

Rambling Woods said...

Lovely walk Ann as it was rainy here today...Thank you!

Ladynred said...

Those are beautiful critters. That's great that you know all the birds name.The last pic is also beautiful color.

Dirk said...

Again a set of cute pictures, thank you for joining this with us.

Kingsdowner said...

Lovely colours, but I fer that all the leaves will have been blown off the trees by the time I get to Canada next month - darn it!

Hope the breeze don't hurt you.

fishing guy said...

Ann: A beautiful set of critter you have shown. I love your Fall scene at the end, picture postcard for sure.

me ann my camera said...

kingsdowner:
You might be right about the leaves but its difficult to predict how long they will stay. They seemed to be a bit slow in starting to change colour but this past few days they are really very beautiful and full of colour! Lets hope they they stick around a bit longer. Looking out my windows I can see colour everywhere!

Kingsdowner said...

Thanks Ann, but I'm not optimistic :-<
My friend in Ottawa is complaining about clearing leaves from the backyard.
I assume you didn't get hit by the storm?

me ann my camera said...

kingsdowner:
We had lots of wind and rain last night but most of the leaves are still hanging on tight.