Changes are Coming

Merging Websites

I have run this photography-focussed website in parallel to my main web journal at https://sparroworks.ca for some years. After months of dithering and experimenting I have decided to reduce the time it takes and to merge the two sites. From this weekend I will be posting the minimal text, featured photographs on the other site alongside occasional articles about wildlife and gardening for wildlife. There is considerable overlap in subject matter anyway..

This site won’t go away, You can still come here for a gentle browse through the archives if you wish.

For those of you who have subscribed to this site (thank you) and who receive a weekly digest of new posts in your email on a Sunday I would like to invite you to subscribe to the Journal (unless you already do, of course). You can do that via the following link … and thanks for your interest.

https://sparroworks.ca/newsletter/


By |2021-08-07T22:23:27-04:00August 7th, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, birds, garden|0 Comments

Cracking Hummer

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

I have been lurking near these flowers for several days while Hummers come and go before I can grab the camera. Perseverance works – finally nailed it today as this fellow stayed long enough for his portrait to be taken and allowed retime to fiddle with the camera settings too. Feeling quite proud of this one if I do say so myself ;)

The flowers are Mexican Cigar Plants (Kuphea sp.) and seem to be even more of a Hummingbird magnet than even Monarda.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 1 August, 2021
  • Focal length: 124.94000246396mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s

By |2021-08-01T16:42:26-04:00August 1st, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, birds, garden|0 Comments

Blue Jay

Handsome Fellow

Blue Jays are far from being the rarest birds around but they always stand out from the crowd.

I was particularly pleased with the feather detail and the glint in the bird’s eye in this photograph which was taken from the opposite side of the garden, so some considerable distance.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 10 June, 2021
  • Focal length: 219.75999450474mm
  • ISO: 125
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2021-06-13T08:23:21-04:00June 13th, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, birds|0 Comments

Leaving Soon

Common Redpoll

We are into April now and don’t expect any more snow, albeit its still very cold. A small troup of Common Redpolls are still hanging around the garden but are expected to head back north before long. Cheery little fellows.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 2 April, 2021
  • Focal length: 189.7400055142mm
  • ISO: 1600
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s

By |2021-04-02T18:07:05-04:00April 2nd, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, birds, garden|0 Comments

Common Redpoll Flock

This winter is turning out to be as great one for flocks of Common Redpolls coming down from the northern forests. Delightful little birds.

** Click any image in the gallery below to see them at full size


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 6 February, 2021
  • Focal length: 220mm
  • ISO: 250
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s

By |2021-02-06T16:17:08-05:00February 6th, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, birds|0 Comments

Christmas Eve is for Birding

Winter Birding

Birding any time of the year is good but somehow it is best in the winter – fewer birds, that’s true, but the ones you do see are the hardy sort and you get them to yourself without crowds on the trails.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4.9
  • Camera: DSC-RX100
  • Taken: 24 December, 2020
  • Exposure bias: +7/10EV
  • Focal length: 37.1mm
  • ISO: 160
  • Shutter speed: 1/100s
By |2020-12-24T14:45:24-05:00December 24th, 2020|birds, Landscape, people|0 Comments
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