July 24, 2014

Gallery Birds: Christi Belcourt

This Saturday the Art Gallery of Ontario is opening a new exhibition called Before and After the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes. The show contains both historical and contemporary works by a wide spectrum of Anishinaabe artists. Familiar names like Norval Morriseau, Arthur Shilling, and Robert Houle command their share of the space, but luckily so do some younger contemporary artists like Christi Belcourt.

July 15, 2014

In the Pines

A soundtrack for this blog post
I'm not generally a fan of using audio playback of birdsongs out in the field. I'll just lead with that.
I don't like to aggravate breeding birds who migrate thousands of miles to find a nice habitat where they'll try to establish their territory, defend it, attract a mate and then work hard to raise their young before flying back south. That seems like a lot of work to me and I respect hard work. That said, sometimes annoying a bird can be fun.

July 13, 2014

Mainly on the Carden Plain

A Black-billed Cuckoo sits quietly in the early-morning light
I've been a neglectful blogger. We're now cruising into mid-July and I haven't done much writing here and I haven't done much birdwatching out there. Now the birds are getting quiet for the summer and I feel like I missed so many opportunities to get out there during the migration and breeding seasons. But life gets in the way of birds and blogs sometimes. The important thing is to make the most of the opportunities you do get, which is what I did back on June 21st -- Mark's and my second-annual trip to the Carden Plain.

(As always, you can click on the pics to enlarge)