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

Christmases Past – Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse

This unusual fellow appeared for a few very cool and snowy days over the Christmas period 2013/14 – he or she should have headed south but had fund some feeders and seemed to be quite content.


  • Aperture: ƒ/9
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D
  • Taken: 2 January, 2014
  • Focal length: 400mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/640s

By |2020-12-23T14:39:01-05:00December 23rd, 2020|birds, weather|0 Comments

New Lodger

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Thanks to climate change there have been a small number of these birds on the West Island for the past decade, mostly in the Arboretum. They are starting to spread out and claim new territory as winters get milder and where there is food available. They love feeders and peanuts. This lady arrived in the garden a few weeks ago and had=s now decided to become a resident with several visits each day.

This species is quite common down in the States but a real local rarity. The gods have smiled on us again.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 19 December, 2020
  • Focal length: 220mm
  • ISO: 500
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2020-12-19T14:36:18-05:00December 19th, 2020|Baie-D'Urfe, birds, garden|0 Comments
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