This is my last post of three (part 1, part 2) from our family vacation up north at the cottage. This time I am going to keep my commentary short and just let you enjoy more pictures than my ramblings. I have a few other posts in the queue from a couple other picture taking opportunities... and I don't have a lot of time to type up something long here.
|Ant carrying grasshopper leg.|
|I wonder what the weight ratio is of cargo to carrier?|
The next two pictures aren't the clearest, but I managed to capture this Chickadee hanging on a leaf which had been modified into a home by some insect. It got the bug (larvae?) out and you can just see it in the second picture. (click on the picture to see it larger)
|Black-capped Chickadee - |
foraging in rolled up leaf
|Black-capped Chickadee with bug|
Life bird # 96 was found in the same Birch tree as the chickadees, busy searching not the leaves, but the crevices and crannies of the rough bark. I've seen many White-breasted Nuthatches since starting this hobby, and it was nice to finally see its cousin.
Here's life bird #97, last of the cottage birds... a Hermit Thrush. I'm quite sure that is what it is anyway. The side shots weren't clear enough for posting, but from them I believe I have the right ID.
This Red Squirrel wasn't shy - once it noticed me, it set up a ruckus and came directly for me through the trees, and stopped about 4m away and scolded me soundly!
Right around the lodge, the grounds are very sandy and there were many, many little excavated holes from these little Sand Wasps. They dig their holes in the sand like a dog, flinging the sand quite a distance between their legs. They are digging burrows where they will bring prey (other bugs) which will be come the food for the larvae from eggs they lay underground.
|Sand Wasp digging a burrow - you can just see the sand flying.|
|Slaty Skimmer Dragonfly|
The next picture represents some fun, but also the loss of some Uncle points with some of my nieces. My nephew John-Michael and I were wandering around the edge of the land and noticed a large Smallmouth Bass protecting a whole school of its young. We caught a Leopard frog and I tried to take some pictures of it. Unfortunately, that's easier said than done, and more than few frogs gave their lives for the cause. My conscience was appeased by the small dent in the frog population this would make, but my nieces did not agree with this.
|Smallmouth Bass catching Leopard Frog|
|Just an interesting shot showing how waves (the physics ones too!) |
actually bend around an obstruction.
|Fuzzy juvenile Loons with parent in the background.|
|Tawny Crescent Butterfly|
|Eyed Brown Butterfly|
One thing I added to my wildlife list was a beaver. There have been beavers on the lake in the past, but this time we were able to follow one in the canoe. I was out with the boys sans camera, so never got any pictures. He seemed to almost be enjoying the game and popped up either side of the canoe numerous times.
That ends the summer version of the Lodge shots. We hope to go back there in the fall with some friends and family and we'll see what we see then.