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A favourite photo of something from the animal kingdom; from my collection.

National Treasure #157: Muskoxen

They’re a tad short in absolute terms: That’s the first surprise.

They . . . stand about 130 cm high . . . (Ed’s note: The height of an average 8- or 9-year-old human, give or take ) – Canadian Encyclopedia

Moreover, they’re a tad short for their weight.

They  . . . weigh 180-270 kg . . . (Ed’s note: That average 8 or 9-year-old human weighs about 27 kg)

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Dragonfly, Ottawa ON

Viewed through the window, the backyard was aswarm with birds:

  • Robin
  • Starling
  • Chickadee
  • Cardinal
  • Chipping sparrow
  • American redstart

But when I went outside, this was the only guy who wanted his picture taken, and even he was too skittish to let me take a standard portrait.  I moved from behind to beside him, but when I got round to his front, he took off.  Maybe I looked like a bird.

 

Dragonfly resting on leaf.

Side view of dragonfly resting on a leaf.

 

 

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House Sparrow, Kingston

This bird baffled me for a while, until I used Merlin and found out it was a female house sparrow.  I always forget to account for the gender differences in birds.

It was flitty in the extreme, so I counted myself lucky to get these shots.

House sparrow perched at feeder

Say what?

 

House sparrow with head buried in feeder full of seed.

Hold your breath and dive in!

 

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Wasps, Vancouver BC

Taking photos on the D-Day anniversary, in a completely unsustainable crouch, I got distant shots of skittish wasps: tiny images even at max zoom.

Not all photos are great art.  And that’s OK.

Wasp flattened against leaf.

Belly flop!

 

Wasp tangled up with stalk of lupin

Who put this lupin in my flight path?

 

Wasp landing head first on leaf

Face plant!

 

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Western Grebe, Gilbert AZ

Sitting on the shore of an artificial pond at Gilbert Water Ranch, I hear an odd tone that I’ve never heard before.  As it gets closer, I get more excited.  What can it be?

As the bird floats into view only a few feet from me, I realize that I don’t know it.  Woohoo!   Continue reading

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