Project 365 – Day 291: Woodpeckers, a squirrel and leaves on Mount Royal
October 17 2012
Autumn seems to be drawing to a close with fewer leaves on the trees, so I thought I better take advantage of the nice weather and take a quick walk up to Mount Royal.
I thought I would try and shoot some wildlife and struck lucky soon in to my walk when I came across a Pileated woodpecker pecking away at a tree. The one I saw was male (although both have the red crown on the top and rear of the head, the male is identified by the red forehead and mustache, whereas the female markings are black ). I have to admit, I had no idea what woodpecker I was looking at when shooting it, only writing this post and checking on Google did I become a pseudo ornithologist 😉
This guy was not shy at all and was quite happy to continue pecking away while posing now and then for his photo to be taken. I reckon he was about 10-12 inches tall.
I’m not sure if I’m correct in my identifying this next bird as a downy woodpecker , so I guess I’m still a long way off becoming an ornithologist
Squirrels are extremely abundant on Mount Royal and I rarely stop to photograph them, but this one seemed to be following me around as if he was jealous I’d been shooting his flying friends.
It wouldn’t have been right to go for a walk on Mount Royal and not come back with any leaf shots, so here are a few I snapped…
There were quite a few people enjoying the nice weather and Mount Royal today, be it walking, cycling or jogging.
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Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.