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Sightings Down by the Bay

Categories: Down by the Bay and Lens Friends.

  The bird sightings continue on our walks down by the bay.  Last week we spotted the lesser yellowlegs.  Here is another photo of one of them stretching its wing and balancing on one leg. A couple of days later we spotted some least sandpipers.  At first I thought they might be young lesser yellowlegs as they were certainly smaller but and birding expert in our area, Terry Sprague, helped me with the identification and I learned that lesser yellowlegs don’t nest in our area. There was also a killdeer in the same area with the sandpipers. The swans are
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Enjoying the Weather

Categories: Down by the Bay and The Garden 2017.

Enjoying the Weather We have had some really nice days, just perfect for walking by the bay, decorating the garden, and relaxing and reading outside. The water was calm and clear on our walk by the bay at the end of the week. Look at the water dripping off the swan’s beak as it came up after  dunking for food This swan has a lot to say as a gull tried to move in on its territory. The osprey was letting us know she was on her nest … perhaps protecting young.  This is one of the nests that we check
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Sunning, Preening, Feeding, Waddling

Categories: Down by the Bay.

A walk down by the bay is always a relaxing treat with so many photo opportunities.  The water is calm and the water birds are plentiful. It was the perfect day to relax on a bench and look out over the water.   The ducks were enjoying the water and the grass. They always cluster in this spot as folks will throw bread and crumbs to them. Ducks, cormorants and gulls were perched on the rocks enjoying the lovely day. The still pond was almost covered in lily pads and there were several beautiful blooms open in the sun.  Turtles
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Along the Waterfront Trail

Categories: Around Quinte and Out and About.

At the beginning of the week we needed to go downtown to Service Canada to renew the licence sticker.  While there we walked for awhile on the Waterfront Trail.  The Moira River runs through Belleville and along most of it there is a wonderful walking trail. The part of the trail we walked that day was the part at the lower end of Front Street, under Dundas Street and under the CP rail line to Victoria Harbour. It was a dull day and there were a few sprinkles of rain.  This is a view looking north along the river to
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Feeding Time at the River

Categories: Down by the Bay.

It was another glorious sunny day for mid November and we had been out for a drive in the county and then stopped at a section of the waterfront trail that we rarely walk along.  As we came over the bridge from the county we could see the huge flocks of Canada Geese and noticed some swans nearby too. The water in the river was so still, just perfect for photographing reflections in the water.  Here are some of the swans as they head into the harbour looking for good places for lunch. Pushing their long, graceful necks into the
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Swans

Categories: Down by the Bay.

It has been so much fun to watch the family of swans this year.  They are great lens friends. There is an old saying about getting all your ducks in a row, well just look how the swans go for their daily swim.   They are all in a row, well almost except for that first one behind the parent.  This photo was taken during July of this year. And at the beginning of September here they are once again, all in a row heading for their favourite little inlet and island to preen on. After the swans have their morning
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