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Cooper’s Hawk looking for lunch

The garden was visited briefly this morning by the neighbourhood Cooper’s hawk, undoubtedly on the lookout for a meal at our feeders. He stayed just long enough to get a couple of photographs and then departed, still hungry.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Exposure bias: +3/10EV
  • Focal length: 220mm
  • ISO: 320
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s

By |2023-01-23T12:52:44-05:00January 23rd, 2023|Baie-D'Urfe, birds|0 Comments

Best Bib and Tucker

European Starling

I took this photograph a year ago this day and had forgotten about it. I know Starlings are unpopular in some quarters as alien interlopers not native to this continent but they are incontrovertibly very handsome, especially at this time of the year when they have a brand new suit of feathery clothes to wear. I like the way he is looking at the camera … “Who do you think you’re looking at, mate?”


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Exposure bias: +3/10EV
  • Focal length: 151.1mm
  • ISO: 250
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2023-01-21T18:50:07-05:00January 21st, 2023|Baie-D'Urfe, birds|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
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