Wildlife on Saturday morning at the Grindstone Creek wetland

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Wildlife on Saturday morning at the Grindstone Creek wetland
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Saturday was a busy wildlife day at the Grindstone Creek wetland. The usual suspects like cardinals, blue jays, chickadees and eastern downys. Blue herons and egrets were there in great numbers as were yellow legs and lesser yellow legs. And finally I was able to capture the screech owl in her tree refuge. If she gets out during the daylight the blue jays give her a hard time. A fun day to shoot . The fall colours are coming along nicely. I was actually tempted to do a post on landscapes only. Maybe another day.

The blue heron is perched way on top of a dead tree. Looks like he is ready to take off

Here we go. Time for a change of venue.

Screech owl napping away in her hideaway. As soon as she gets to the edge of the opening the blue jays are starting to harass her

This little prairie used to be covered with water, a nice fishing ground for the green and blue herons. Water levels are low so it turned a lush green with spots of fall colours here and there.

Again, this was part of the marsh

And so was this old tree trunk now covered in beautiful wild flowers

The low level in the creek which gives this wetland its name, is rather visible

A board walk runs through part of the marsh. The reeds are turning a nice yellow/brownish colour.

Another view of a short section of the creek. It is worthwhile to pay attention to the creek since blue herons often walk along the shore

And speaking of the devil, here is a blue heron doing just that. Looking for things to eat along the creek. The colour of the water is affected by soil formation in this area of southern Ontario. It is the Queenston shale formation.

The same blue heron

In a wider section of the creek I come across this male wood duck in his full mating attire.

This display of nature deserves another shot or two

He got tired of waiting (for what?) and preferred resting on a log

Finally his partner arrives.

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