Sunday, November 1, 2015

The Fine Art of Cory Trepanier

We gave ourselves a treat for Halloween, we took a trip to Cory Trepanier's Studio in the Caledon area, north of Toronto.  Please visit Cory's website for more information about his stunning landscape work, particularly in the Canadian Arctic.

We've seen three of Cory's four documentaries and decided it was time to see his work up close.  What a wonderful visit - thank you Cory and Janet for being so generous with your time.

Cory Trepanier

Geoff and Cory on the path to the Barn Studio


The scale and beauty of this work in progress (left) is breath taking

The peace of a garden in the country

Monday, October 12, 2015

Thanksgiving weekend at Southside Park

I was literally "up with the birds" on Saturday and Sunday morning.  The weather and nature cooperated.

Toulouse Geese

Swan and Canada Geese

'tis the season

Great Blue Heron

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Friday, August 28, 2015

Model sailboat night at Southside Park

Thursday evenings in the summer you can find members of the Woodstock Model Sailing Club at Southside Park racing their fine boats.  You can find their website and information about the upcoming 2015 Victoria Canadian Nationals Regatta here.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Bird banding excitement

This past Sunday we stopped at the osprey nest in London twice - on our way to a movie and on our way home from the movie (The Man from U.N.C.L.E - it was great fun).  I took a few shots each time and was very pleased with this photo, particularly when I realized it was not the adult nesting female but another female, wearing a leg band.

As luck should have it, I follow the nf.birds@googlegroups and easily found the name of a person to contact for help with the banding information.  I emailed Rob Bierregaard (check out his website here) and he advised me on how to report the banding via the North American Bird Banding Program under the general direction of the U.S. Geological Survey and the Canadian Wildlife Service.  When I filed the report I was advised that it could take upwards of 4-6 weeks before I'd hear anything.  That was quite an overestimation as I received the certificate via email last night!

How cool is that?!

Note that, while the sighting was at the corner of Clarke and Fanshawe Roads in London, Ontario the GPS coordinates identify the location as ENE of Fanshawe, Ontario.

Monday, August 3, 2015

All about the birds

A nice surprise - a Cedar Waxwing at the edge of the Zehr's grocery store parking lot.

Mama and one chick having a look around at the Osprey nest.

Canada Geese do a fly 'round at Southside Park.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Evening in and near the Park


Ta-da!  That's pretty much how I felt when we caught our first glimpse of a chick in the Osprey nest on Friday.  So far we've only seen one so maybe this will be a spoiled only-chick.  Time will tell.

We checked in again on Sunday and spotted Clarke (the papa) getting ready to chow down on lunch.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Supper hour in the Park

Geoff and I went to the Park this evening to see if we could locate where the Swan family has relocated, but to no avail.  I have it on good authority that the parents have moved the cygnets upstream, where they will likely have a quieter life while the little ones are growing.  Hopefully they're doing well.

We did find a nice surprise though.  There are at least 8 Barn Swallow nests under the Parkinson Road bridge at the south end of the park, it was like a performance of Cirque du Soleil under there! Here are two adults and 3 chicks tucked away in one of the nests up under the bridge.  Looks like the chicks are squawking for their supper.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015