Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Rondeau, Oct.18-20 2013

This was our last trip to the shores of Lake Erie for the year. The park closes for the season at the end of the month. We always enjoy our time in this area. We brought the bikes but they never got out of the car as it rained most of the day Saturday. We did our exploring by car that day and it paid off. Duncan with his eagle eyes spotted a Bald Eagle at the southern part of the park and I was able to get a picture of it. It was way up in a tree in the bush. This is my first photo of the Bald Eagle so that was exciting. While we were at the visitors center it was feeding time for one of the snakes so I watched that as well. Not a favourite thing of mine by any means but it was an opportunity that I told myself I should witness. Now I can scratch that one off my bucket list and never see it again! We also spent  time watching ten wild turkeys out enjoying time on the grass by the edge of the road. I was looking forward to seeing the chipmunk that was so friendly on our last visit but it was no where to be found. Actually there were very few of them. Must have been hiding from the chilly weather in there burrows. We had a great Friday evening at the campfire. Saturday evening it was quite damp and windy so we had a movie night instead. We watched 4 of the seven episodes of the Frozen Planet. The scenery was amazing and it was so informative. I am looking forward to seeing the rest of the series. The sun returned on Sunday and we were able to get out and do some more exploring. We came across a mom and young deer so I was able to get a few good shots of them. Mom would stomp her right hoof if I was getting to close. So then I would just stay in that spot for a while before edging closer to them. It was a very relaxing weekend spending time with all the wildlife that Rondeau has to offer. Looking forward to our trip back there in the spring to enjoy the bird migration.

Turkey Vultures circled above all week-end

Looking for something dead to eat

Milkweed seeds blowing in the wind

Friday evening sunset over the marsh

A Brown Creeper looking for bugs

Angry bird

This fella was putting whole peanuts in the shell down his throat and then 
grabbing another one with its beak. You can see just a piece of the peanut.

Milkweed bugs feeding on the pod
Young deer adventuring on its own

An amazing display of reds. Most trees were still green

Bald Eagle way up in a tree

10 Wild Turkeys safe until another Thanksgiving

Strutting her stuff

Angels blowing in the wind

Male Hairy Woodpecker on a dark rainy day

Female Hairy Woodpecker working on a lightpost

Fall colours on the water

Female Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Mom and her yearling enjoying the sun

Mom keeping her eye on me

Young one licking its lips after eating an apple

WARNING: The following pictures may be offensive to some viewers.
Be brave like I was and take a look..........

Eastern Fox Snake with his once a week meal of a dead mouse
His eyes are cloudy as it is about to molt and it 
goes blind until just before it sheds its skin

Just the tail left to go down

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