Fletcher Wildlife Garden/Jardin Écologique Fletcher, Ottawa Ontario

Fletcher Wildlife Garden/Jardin Écologique Fletcher, Ottawa Ontario (Location)

This AM, I had started off before sunrise driving to the airport so that my wife could catch a flight to Winnipeg. On the way home, I stopped first at Hogs Back Falls and then headed over to Fletcher Wildlife Garden to stretch my legs a bit and see what wildlife might want to come out to pose for my camera.

This location has a number of different areas ranging from the aquatic area around the pond, bushes and shrubs bordering on the fields of the Agricultural Research Farm and a garden area with feeders by their visitor center.

There were a number of Tree Swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) circling above the pond area so I headed in that direction first and found a pair that would cooperate and let me approach quite close to them with my 300mm lens.

After taking a walk around some of the trails I headed over to the feeders where both a male and a female Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) were busy pecking at the suet blocks. I only got a decent photo of the female because the male was pecking rather feverishly all the time that I was there and then flew into a nearby tree at about the time that I decided to continue on my journey home.


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About Ron

Ron has long had an interest in photography and traveling and, in recent years, has had more time to devote to both activities. Long a Pentax user, Ron switched to Nikon gear when he went digital. The advent of the digital SLR camera, and the ease of the internet blogging process, has provided a venue for sharing his photography and travel experience at the local, national and international level. More about Ron
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