A season of observing hawks (and other animals) – wildlife photography of winter 2021-22

This article is dedicated to late Mirza Naim S. Beg, who passed away in March 2022. He was a renowned wildlife photographer and eco-tourist from Pakistan. During my hikes with K2, I took shots of wildlife, albeit far too less than any of the previous winters.

How green is my valley – triumphs and tragedies in our neighbourhood wilds

As K2 and I share our adventures in an urban ravine system to observe landscapes, plants, and wildlife, we notice that careless visitors can create havoc with our scarce natural heritage in urban areas, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A trip to southern Pakistan – a haven for birding and wildlife photography

Steppe eagles, griffon vultures, cinereous vultures, Egyptian vultures, and kites - all basking in the February sun of southern Pakistan after having a feast on carrion. I was stunned! Where else could one see such a huge concentration of birds of prey as here? Steppe Eagles This happened when we, a friendly group of wildlife … Continue reading A trip to southern Pakistan – a haven for birding and wildlife photography

Ontario’s Trumpeter swans – why are they tagged and banded?

Please enjoy some shots of individuals and mated pairs of Trumpeter swans, which I took while hiking with K2, the great white Kuvasz, in Hendrie Valley Wildlife Sanctuary and LaSalle Park in Burlington and in Lakefront Promenade Park in Mississauga. These big birds can fly What are those tags for? There are more than 1,000 … Continue reading Ontario’s Trumpeter swans – why are they tagged and banded?

Hiking with K2 and observing Mute swans

Aah those Mute swans! They are invasive and aggressive, but Majestic. They are not afraid of humans and even our big dog, who comes from a livestock guardian dogs breed. K2 and I took these shots in LaSalle Park in Burlington; Bronte Creek in Oakville; Rhododendron Gardens in Mississauga; and Col Samuel Smith Park and … Continue reading Hiking with K2 and observing Mute swans

Hiking with my dog and observing winter waterfowl of Lake Ontario

A mute swan flies low over the frozen Lake Ontario K2, the Great White Kuvasz, with his backpack carrying kibble, water bottles, treats, poop bags, extra leash and some of my stuff, all in all about 20 pounds, and I, with  my backpack that carried winter hiking gear plus my camera and paraphernalia, set out … Continue reading Hiking with my dog and observing winter waterfowl of Lake Ontario