I don’t think that I usually set out to photograph animals.  Most often they are the welcome surprise on a nature hike or an unexpected sighting somewhere off in a field along a country road.  The one thing these opportunities share in common is that they are always wonderful, intriguing and inspiring.  A welcome sight indeed. :)​​​​​
Monarch on Field Thistle © Irwin Seidman

Monarch on Field Thistle   |  The purple field thistle produces a large quantity of nectar making it very attractive to the Monarch butterfly.

Great Blue Herron (along the banks of the Sydenham River) © Irwin Seidman

Great Blue  |  Great Blue Heron just across the banks of the Sydenham River along the Bruce Trail between the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority Arboretum and Inglis Falls near Owen Sound, Ontario  (ref.no. 7501806)

Swan Lake (Mute Swan) © Irwin Seidman

Swan Lake  |  Mute swan bathing in the sunshine in rural Southern Ontario  (ref.no. 7509569)

Whitetail Deer © Irwin Seidman

Whitetail Deer  |  The whitetailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), also known as the white-tail or Virginia deer, is a medium-sized deer native to North America (ref.no. 7509605)

Hibou Geese © Irwin Seidman

Hibou Geese  |  A pair of Canada Geese flying over the Georgian Bay shoreline at Hibou Conservation Area near Owen Sound, Ontario  (ref.no. 7509710)

Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly © Irwin Seidman

Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly  |  What is the difference between a drangonfly and a damselfly? Dragonflies have hind wings that broaden at the base, which makes them larger than the front set of wings. ... Dragonflies hold their wings out perpendicular to their bodies when resting, like an airplane. Damselflies fold their wings up and hold them together across the top of their backs.  (ref.no. 7500163)

Little Island  |  A Great Blue Heron flies past Little Island on Oxtongue Lake (near Algonquin Park).  Most know for the 1965 painting by Group of Seven artist, A.J. Cason  (ref.no. 7501058)

Canada Goose © Irwin Seidman

Canada Goose  |  (Branta canadensis).  Preparing for autumn migration, large gaggles of Canada geese gather at key staging and stopover areas.  These groups typically include loose aggregations of family groups and individuals. This goose was part of a group of about 75 very active birds gathered at Hibou Conservation Area on the shore of Georgian Bay  (ref.no 7509490)

Canada Geese © Irwin Seidman

Canada Geese   |  A group (gaggle) of Canada Geese glide in for a landing in Georgian Bay at Hibou Conservation Area (ref.no. 7509297)

Belted Kingfisher © Irwin Seidman

Belted Kingfisher |  The belted kingfisher is the only member of the cerylid family commonly found in the northern United States and Canada.  This beauty was seen flying along the Georgian Bay coast line at Hibou Conservation Area.  (ref.no. S183471)

Mourning Dove © Irwin Seidman

Mourning Dove  |  The mourning dove is a member of the dove family, Columbidae, and is also known as the American mourning dove or the rain dove. The Mourning Dove is said to be symbolic of optimism, spirituality and sorrow.  (ref.no. S186956)

Moose © Irwin Seidman

Moose  |  Young moose in Algonquin Provincial Park  (ref.no. S181411)

 Great Blue Heron on Costello Creek © Irwin Seidman

Great Blue Heron  |  Great Blue Heron on Costello Creek in Algonquin Park . (ref.no. 7501089)

Sandhill Cranes © Irwin Seidman

Sandhill Cranes  |  Sandhill Cranes forage for grains and invertebrates in the grasses along the Bruce Peninsula  (ref.no. S181271)

Otter © Irwin Seidman

Otter  |  North American River Otter (ref.no S181469)

On the Rocks © Irwin Seidman

On the Rocks   |  I'm not sure of the breed, but this excellent swimmer had a blast playing out in the waters of Georgian Bay at Hibou Conservation Area (ref.no. S183526)

Cormorant © Irwin Seidman

Cormorant  |  Double Crested Cormorant sunbathing just outside Owen Sound on Georgian Bay (ref.no. S183546)

Golden (Retriever) © Irwin Seidman

Golden  |   Watching this Golden Retreiver play in the water at Hibou beach  (ref.no. S183552)

Canine Friends © Irwin Seidman

Canine Friends   |   Watching this Golden Retriever and Black Lab play in the water at Hibou beach  (ref.no. S183560)

Merganser © Irwin Seidman

Merganser  |  Common merganser (or goosander) getting ready to fish on Georgian Bay at Hibou Conservation Area   (ref. no. S182139)

Ring-billed Gull © Irwin Seidman

Ring-billed Gull  |  Ring-billed Gull fishing along the Lake Huron shoreline (ref.no. S182007 & S182033)

Ring-billed Gull © Irwin Seidman

Ring-billed Gull  |  Along the Lake Huron shoreline (ref.no. S181992)

Garter Snake © Irwin Seidman

Garter Snake  |  Garter snake is a common name for the generally harmless, small to medium-sized snakes belonging to the genus Thamnophis.  This image was captured at Bognor Marsh, Ontario  (ref.no. S18564)

Red-winged Blackbird © Irwin Seidman

Red-winged Blackbird  |  Juvenile red winged blackbird at Bognor Marsh (ref.no. S181513)

Painted Turtle © Irwin Seidman

Painted Turtle  |  The painted turtle is the most widespread native turtle of North America.  This one was captured at Bognor Marsh.  (ref.no. S181540)

Young Moose © Irwin Seidman

Young Moose  |  Spring brings caution and excitement at the sighting of a young moose (ref.no. S181386)

Tree Swallow © Irwin Seidman

Tree Swallow |  The tree swallow is a migratory passerine bird that breeds in North America and winters in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.  This swallow was captured at Bognor Marsh  (ref.no. S181660)

Starling © Irwin Seidman

Starling |  A sign of spring... the starlings have returned to Southern Ontario (ref.no. S180735)

Chinook Salmon © Irwin Seidman

Chinook Salmon   |   Heading up the Sydenham River at the Mill Dam in Owen Sound, Ontario  (ref.no. IS40810, IS40812, IS40882)

Robin's Nest © Irwin Seidman

Robin's Nest  |  We enjoyed the privilege of watching the robin's nest from shortly after the chicks hatched until they fledged almost two weeks later.  (ref.no. S181687)

Monarch on Goldenrod © Irwin Seidman

Monarch on Goldenrod  |  Monarch butterfly feeding on goldenrod nectar.  Goldenrod is a vital fall-blooming plant that supplies much needed nectar in preparation for the butterflies’ long migrations to their winter grounds in Mexico  (ref.no. 7500180)

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