I can’t tolerate this heat and humidity. When casting about for a location offering shade, refreshments, and washrooms near the water’s edge Bronte Harbour lit up the radar.
I visited the Bronte Harbour on June 29th and 30th. On day one I was greeted by these mallard ducklings and on day two by a rabbit.
House sparrows moved into the mud cups lining the perimeter of Compass Lakeside Grill Lounge. The din therefrom cannot be ignored.
On day two as I popped by to practice a bit of photography, the mass choir of birds fell silent. The little ones retreated into the cups while the adults hid in the nearby bushes signaling the arrival of a bird of prey. I looked up and around for some time in the stillness. Suddenly there was a flash of wings to my right. I observed the bird landing in a tree ahead. When I arrived at the tree what a brilliant find! A Cooper’s hawk ripping the feathers from its prey.
I left the hawk in peace to visit with the red-necked grebe family.
Continuing on the trail I encountered a most unusual sight. A chap walking his Siamese cat!
On my return along the path about 30 minutes later it was my intention to check under the tree to photograph any bits the hawk may have left behind. As I walked along I saw yet another flash of wings. I could not believe I was afforded another opportunity to photograph the hawk. It returned to the tree, albeit on a different branch, to have a go at another bird.
The walk led to the park west of the marina where about 15 swallows were creating quite a fuss. The cause of their upset was located: another Cooper’s hawk!
Tra-la-la-ing along the main street a magnificent automobile caught my attention. Curiousity got the better of me. “Karma? What’s this then? Karma?” I asked myself with knitted eyebrows. A chap across the street asked me what it was. I told him. He ran over, cell phone in hand, informing me that it is a rare and expensive vehicle. I followed suit and took a few photographs.
Exploring the harbour and the surrounding area was a feast for the eyes, heart and mind, as evidenced by the following photographs.
Happy Canada Day everyone!