Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Just saw four Coyotes (or maybe Coywolves) on my evening walk!

They must have been about half a kilometer away.
All looked like adults

Wish I had my other lens and tripod!
There's one sitting down in the center.

Here is one I saw last year on the same route

Monday, 29 August 2016

What the Hawk did next

While I was waiting for the hummingbird to arrive on the birdfeeder,
I briefly turned towards the tree nearby,
and hidden quietly among the branches was this large hawk!
Must have been about 18 to 20 inches tall.

It was hiding, and trying not to make eye contact with me
But I stared straight into its eyes!
Then it noticed my presence

And it was also eyeing the dove on the branch behind it
(see silhouette below)

The hummingbird arrived,
and then the hawk turned its attention towards it, jut a few feet below.
Would I allow this large bird of prey to catch the pretty, frail hummingbird right before my eyes?
Well, probably not.
(Last year we saw a smaller hawk swoop down and catch a helpless cardinal. Sad ...)

But I would also not harm the hawk. I'd rather allow nature to have its way.
GOD is the creator of all creatures great and small,
and HE is in control of everything that happens,
whatever we see as good and bad

The hawk kept darting its gaze towards the dove, the hummingbird, me, a nearby cardinal,
and lots of other birds as if it was deciding which to catch.
Armed with four types of colour receptors, the hawk as exceptional eyesight,
and it is licensed to kill with its claws!

It gave me one last look,
was this the end ...?

And then, it turned around ...
As if it had lost interest in its pursuit ...

And in a flash it was gone!

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Just as I was focusing on the bees and the wasps on the bird feeder ...

... I hear this whirring sound very close to me,
and out of the blue appears this tiny, beautiful iridescent green hummingbird!
Not sure if it is a Black-chinned or a juvenile male or female Ruby-throated hummingbird.
Many hours later in the evening ...

This hummingbird has consumed more sugar today, than I have all week!

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Plane Spotting at Toronto Pearson International Airport

Plane spotting has been a childhood hobby of mine although I never had a camera in those days.
Still remember flying BOAC (before it was called British Airways)
Took some photographs today, all hand-held.
Air Canada and British Airways taxiing to runway 23 for takeoff
Air Canada C-GBZR Boeing 767 Flight AC739 to San Francisco getting ready for takeoff on
runway 23

British Airways G-CIVT Boeing 747-400 Flight BA92 to London Heathrow getting ready for takeoff on runway 23

WestJet C-GWBL Boeing 737-800 Flight 1117 from Las Vegas, preparing to land on runway 23

That moment when the tires touch the tarmac

Next time I'll use a tripod!

I'm learning flight photography the painful way

Trying to photograph anything in flight, isn't easy,
and I'm learning flight photography the painful way.

Got stung by one of these the other day, but I caught the wasp, 
and released it back,
because the world needs them!


Friday, 19 August 2016

Cooking Jackfruit Seeds and Shrimp in a Coconut Curry

Wash dried jackfruit seeds and soak for a few hours in water.
This is to make it easy to remove the outer skin which is almost like plastic!

Fry until light brown, one large onion in a little coconut oil

While that's going on, cut the seeds into half, and remove the outer skin

I added a packet of Thai Green Curry paste that I bought from the Chinese store.
**I never use such pastes or buy readymade powdered spices - I always make my own, but in this case the paste has lemongrass and anchovy fish extract, both of which I don't have at home**
Add a little coconut milk to the mixture when it begins to stick to the pot

Add the seeds ...

Cook for a few minutes with the lid on, till the jackfruit seeds are soft, and well cooked.
Add the already cleaned and washed shrimp

Cover with the lid, and turn off the heat.
Leave the pot shut for about ten minutes.
This is what it will look like.
Enjoy with rice!

A view of Toronto from Mississauga

This is a view of the city of Toronto as seen from the city of Mississauga.
Don't miss the seagull above the CN Tower
As the crow flies, that's about 25 kilometres away!
(Picture taken with my old lens)

(Taken with my new lens on a different day)

Stung by a wasp, first thing in the morning ...

Saw this juvenile house sparrow sitting quietly among the fallen sunflower seeds.
Almost as if it was sick.

I crept up and lay down in the grass to take this photograph, and when I got back indoors, got stung by a wasp which came along with me on my vest!
(Now I remember a real estate agent telling us several years ago,
 that we were moving into a WASP neighbourhood!)

See more of my photographs here

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Moonlit night in Mississauga

It feels like 35°C, with a cool breeze, and a bright moon in the clear sky tonight!

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Swan and Cygnets at Sunset

Went for an evening walk to catch the sunset.

Saw this Swan and Cygnets surrounded by Canada Geese

That's not an electrical fire

It's just an awesome sunset!

Good night

Monday, 1 August 2016

Grackle in the bird bath

It is a hot summer afternoon, and a grackle just descended into the bird bath to cool off in the backyard.

Refreshing to watch the sun glisten on the splashes of water, as it got out to dry up.

More bird pictures here