Monday, August 27, 2012

Cottage Creatures


I've been taking a lot of wildlife shots over the summer and I thought I'd share a few more.  It's really incredible to see all of these wonderful animals, either right near our cottage, or on our boat rides on the lake.  We are so fortunate. 'sigh'
Mink

The hungry baby Robins.  This nest was at the back door of our friend's cottage, on their electric meter.

Momma Robin
A snapping turtle sunning on a hot day.

A baby loon stretching his wings.

Young loons with a parent (not sure if this is Momma or Poppa).  The little ones are a few weeks old now.

The young loon is getting bigger.  In this photo it's about a month or so old.
Feeding time: the young loon is eating a fish!
Young loon continues to grow and is beginning to take on the light colouring of the adult's
winter coat which it will keep until it darken to black next spring.
Gull, dreaming of Egypt
A rabbit getting a drink in the lake.
We saw this beaver eating the bark of this birch for about a week straight.
Every evening around 7:30 he'd be out there eating.
Dragonfly along for a boat ride.
A dock spider that's hitched a ride in the back of the boat.
These photos are being linked to Photo Show OffTexture TuesdaySweet Shot TuesdayOur World TuesdayThis or That Thursdays, Shoot, Edit, SubmitFabulous Friday and Photo Friday Link Party.

81 comments:

  1. These are beautiful! A mama had baby robins on our house last summer. We had so much fun watching them grow and develop. We were so sad when they flew away. Fun nature shots, you must have a lot of patience! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blog. ~Courtney

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    1. Thank you Courtney. I love shooting animal pics and it's part patience and a lot of 'right place & time'.

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  2. Lots of great shots! They'd make several great posts if you split them up. I love the beavers.

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    1. Thanks Betty. The beavers are a lot of fun to see. Our dog loves to spot them and wait for the inevitable splash oh the tail!

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  3. Hi there Linda, that is a lot of great nature shots.....love that gull in flight, the beaver is incredible and baby loons are so cute....I have never seen a baby loon....and baby robins too....this is one of the top nature posts I have ever seen...more please.

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    1. Thank you! I just love taking shots of all the beautiful wildlife that we're so fortunate to see at our cottage.

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  4. Lovely shots of the Loons. A fantastic bird. That dock spider looks a bit scary though. Glad we don't have them in the UK.

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    1. Thanks. We have a couple of nesting pairs of loons that return to our lake every year. It really is incredible to see them and watch them grow over the summer!

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  5. Water the most importuned element in Our World... ;))
    Loves your pictures... thanks for sharing it!
    Greetings from Holland,
    Anna :))

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    1. Thanks Anna. The lake really is a beautiful place to be.

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  6. A splendid series of photos of creatures, the second is my favorite.

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    1. Thank you! I find it hard to choose a favouite, but getting so close to those little Robins sure was a treat.

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  7. Great set of pictures. I really want to set a beaver in the wild!

    I've just posted an Australian Robin - very different from yours. If you come back to visit on Wednesday you can compare yours with ours.

    Cheers - Stewart M

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    1. Thank you Stewart. I'll be sure to check out your post tomorrow.

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  8. Oh the baby robins...so cute...and that red backdrop to just make it perfect. Great images.
    Laurie @ Pride in Photos

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    1. Thank you Laurie. It was great if our friends to have stained their cottage such a perfect colour ;-) It really does make a perfect backdrop for the robin's nest.

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  9. What an amazing selection. You are very lucky to live with this on your doorstep.

    Mollyxxx

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    1. Thanks Molly. I count my blessings everyday and wish we didn't have to go back to the city for the winter!

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  10. Wonderful images... I have just discovered your blog via Stewarts (Paying Ready Attention) and have just had a lovely browse around.

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    1. Thanks Andrew. I'm glad you stopped by!

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  11. Super creatures and super photography! I feel as though I'm right there with you.

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    1. Thank you Janet. It's a great place to be!

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  12. Great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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    1. Thanks Gary. We're so lucky to be surrounded by such beauty.

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  13. Wow, simply beautiful, wonderful & fabulous!

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed this post Miriam.

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  14. Calling by from Our World Tuesday, your world looks stunning in these photos.

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  15. Bravo, Linda. These are wonderful. You have a gift with the wildlife.

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  16. i love seeing all of the little creatures...especially the loon stretching his little wings...so cute!
    erin

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    1. Thank you Erin. I thought that shot of the little loon flapping his wings was adorable too.

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  17. What fun to enjoy your photos of these beautiful animals and birds! My favorite is the baby robins reaching for food. Amazing shots!

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    1. Thank you! We know how lucky we are to bbe surrounded by so many wonderful creatures. Thanks for the visit Sharon.

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  18. I agree with Sharon, I love the baby Robins, what a great shot, and the Loons are beautiful, I hear them call every now and then out in the Bay, I love the sound. You can have the spider, I would have abandoned ship instantly. Thanks for sharing your photos Linda, they are just great!!

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    1. Thanks Char. The babies are especially adorable to see. As for the spider, no need to abandon ship. They're quite harmless if you leave them alone.

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  19. Super pictures, Linda, especially the bunny having a drink. Thanks for posting them. It's so special when you take/have time to notice and interact with wildlife. At the moment, I'm having a thing with two, lime-green tree frogs living in my veggie garden. The more I watch, the more fascinating they are.

    Sorry about annoyance of the 'prove you're not a robot' word verification on Beadlust. I understand, because often I have to click the reboot icon several times before I get one I can actually read. It used to be easier. I guess you don't use it and haven't had any problems, right? I'll give serious thought to turning it off for a while... see how it goes. Thanks for speaking up.

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    1. Wow, I love tree frogs. Wish we had some around here. Thanks Robin.

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  20. Actually, I see you do use it on your blog too. Took me three tries on comment above. Goodness, we have to work hard to outsmart the machines, don't we!

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    1. Oh, how embarrassing! I thought I had it turned off. Thanks for letting me know Robin. I'll try again.

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  21. I just love your pics. Great job. I was staying at a friends cottage on the weekend and just saying that I've never seen a loon, or a beaver other than in books. The snapping turtle is also something that I've never seen. Oh, would I love to have that live experience. Thanks for sharing them.

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    1. Leah, you'll just have to come visit us aat our cottage. We'll set it up for next summer! I'd love to have you visit.

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  22. So many beautiful shots! :)
    Enjoy your day.

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    1. Thank you! And I hope you have a great day too. Thanks for stopping by.

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  23. Wow, lucky you to have all this nature and beauty around. Great pictures!

    Happy week to you!

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    1. Thank you! You're right. We are very lucky to enjoy this beautiful environment.

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  24. So many nice pictures!
    Love those small bird babies in the beginning and the gull taking off is beautiful!
    Greetings from Pia in Sweden

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    1. Thank you Pia. It was really special seeing those baby Robins.

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  25. These image shares are just downright terrific!!! I always enjoy anything that has to do with wildlife [wild birds and simply backyard birds also especially]

    Excellent 'action' shots.

    If ever you have any bird photos from a blog post, don't hesitate to stop by and add a link to your post on Saturdays [Texas USA time] for the Bird D'Pot meme link up.

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    1. Thanks Anni. I'll keep your invitation in mind!

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  26. What a great collection of wildlife photos! The baby Robins are especially appealing.

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    1. The babies are adorable aren't they. Thank you Pat.

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  27. Wow, these are all amazing critter and nature scenes. I loved them all! Great sights and photos.

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    1. Thank you! We are luck to be able to enjoy them. Glad you stopped by Eileen.

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  28. Just a wonderful series, I especially love the robins.

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    1. Thank you! It's always great to see babies.

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  29. Found you through wild bird Wed,loving your photos,thanks for sharing,phyllis

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    1. Thanks Phyllis. I'm glad you found my blog and I appreciate your visit.

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    1. Thanks Tamar. It really is amazing to be able to see and photograph all this wildlife!

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  31. Beautiful nature shots! :) Love the rabbit and baby birds. So sweet!

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    1. Thank you! Seeing the rabbit drinking from the lake is a first for me in 15 yrs. at this lake so that's an especially precious shot to me.

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  32. Oh these are so great.....I would need a comment block for each one!!!!!

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    1. Thanks Danielle. I'm glad you enjoyed them.

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  33. I love the bunny drinking water- soooo cute! I love all of these photos - we have all of these animals here in NJ but I never see a turtle like that out by our lake when I have a camera handy! Bummer!

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    1. Thank you Skye. I love the rabbit shot too.

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  34. What spectacular images of wildlife you have captured!!!

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    1. Thanks Gina. I'm glad you enjoyed them.

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  35. You have some interesting wildlife around you great photos.

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    1. Thank you Neil. It is a great place to be.

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    1. Thanks Linda. And thanks for stopping by.

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  37. Linda, I had to call my daughter in to see your photo of the baby robins...LOVE THAT SO MUCH!!! Also love the bunny by the water.

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    1. Thanks Jill. Those are two of my favourites as well.

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  38. Amazing. Gorgeous. Beautiful. Wowee! Imagine capturing all of this! What a blessed experience. Thank you for sharing them with us. xx Kathy

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    1. Thank you! And you're welcome. I love been able to photograph all this beautiful wildlife.

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  39. amazing photos! I love those sweet baby birds!

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    1. Thank you Deb. They are pretty adorable aren't they!

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