Tag Archives: HAMILTON HARBOUR

Great Lakes Ecosystem-Shame Hamilton-poor water Quality

31/08/14

Great Lakes Literacy, Principles Four & Five – Water makes Earth habitable

Heron
Heron

The Great Lakes contain approximately 20% of Earth’s surface fresh water, and fresh water has many unique properties. Water is essential for life, and all living processes occur in an aqueous environment. Every aquatic and terrestrial organism in the Great Lakes basin requires a source of fresh water to survive.

Baltimore oriole
Baltimore oriole

Life in the Great Lakes ranges in size from the smallest blue-green bacteria to the largest animal that lives in the Great Lakes, the lake sturgeon. Most life in the Great Lakes exists as microorganisms. Microorganisms, such as phytoplankton and cyanobacteria, are the most important primary producers in the lakes.

The Great Lakes’ watershed supports organisms from every kingdom on Earth and Great Lakes biology provides many examples of life cycles, adaptations, and important relationships among organisms, such as symbionts, predator-prey dynamics, and energy transfer.

Blue heron Flight
Blue heron Flight

Blue heron flight2 (2)

The Great Lakes ecosystem provides habitat for both terrestrial and aquatic species. The Great Lakes are three-dimensional, offering vast living space and diverse habitats from the shoreline and surface down

Goldfinch
Goldfinch

through the water column to the lake floor. Great Lakes’ habitats are defined by environmental factors.  As

a result of interactions involving abiotic factors such as temperature, clarity, depth, oxygen, light, pressure, substrate type and circulation, life in the Great Lakes is not evenly distributed. Abiotic factors can change daily, seasonally or annually due to natural and human influences.

Gosling
Gosling
juevenileblackcrownedheron (2)
Black crowned night heron

Ecosystem processes influence the distribution and diversity of organisms from surface to bottom and nearshore to offshore. Wetlands, including coastal marshes and freshwater estuaries, provide important and productive nursery areas for many species that rely on these habitats for protective structure, hunting grounds, migration stops and raising offspring.

Life cycles, behaviors, habitats and the abundance of organisms in the Great Lakes have all been altered, in some cases to the good and others to the bad, by intentional and unintentional introduction of non-native plant and animal species.

Osprey
Osprey

Osprey2

 

This year I have noticed a large decline in the wildlife also vegetation and water quality. Therefore all Summer images are in the “one post”

Last year Hamilton did not know what to do with a huge deposit of coal tar from years of Foundry work going on in Hamilton Harbour.Last year they covered the poison with a big Metal Dome, I think

this has upset the balance and has made this area,s water poor quality.(DEADLY)And deadly too wildlife-sadly enough, Last year I saw maybe 100 Black crowned herons same as Blue Herons and maybe 4 Green herons-this year not “one” all Summer long.I say stop making our public trails cement covered and stop selling french fries and using pesticides on plants on the trail Hamilton “SHAME”

 

Hope things change

Canadian Beaver
Canadian Beaver

 

Doug Worrall Photography

Ducks Migrating North-Hamilton Canada

Ducks Migrating North-Hamilton Canada

11-4-2014

Merganser
Merganser

Another year and the annual Spring Migration is on its way in Hamilton.

I have been out on my ebike this year and have noticed an increase in Mergansers and Grebs.

Merganser
Merganser

 

Ways To Help Spring’s Migrating Birds

Despite persistent late-occurring snowstorms, average temperatures are starting to climb, soon to be followed by the most deadly period of the year for birds: springtime. Although spring means new life and hope to many people, billions of birds face the tribulations of a perilous migration followed shortly by breeding and the production of scores of newbornbirds that will spend several highly vulnerable weeks as they grow and fledge.

According to Dr. George Fenwick, president of American Bird Conservancy, “Spring is a deadly time for birds for three big reasons. Scientists estimate that 300 million to one billion birds die each year from collisions with buildings, many during arduous migrations in unfamiliar environments. Up to 50 million die from encounters with communication towers and up to six million may die each day from attacks by cats left outdoors. These deaths occur year-round, but many occur during spring and fall migration.”

Some studies suggest that perhaps as many as half of all migrating birds do not make it back home,” he said, “succumbing to various threats on either end of the journey.”

One in five Americans engage in bird watching, so after months of waiting for migrants to return, many people turn to emails, phone lines, and social media to ask ABC a dozen variations on the same question: “How can I help the birds?” Here is our answer to that question, just in time for spring.

Merganser-female
Merganser-female
Merganser
Merganser

1. Keep your cat indoors

2. Prevent birds from hitting your windows

3. Eliminate pesticides from your yard

4. Buy organic food and drink Smithsonian-certified Bird Friendly Coffee

5. Create backyard habitat using native plants

6. Reduce your carbon footprint

Male female
Male female
Mates
Mates

 

Enjoy what Mother Nature gives us

duck party
duck party
duck party
duck party

Enjoy the images and information

Reflection
Reflection

 

Doug Worrall

 

Photographer Doug Worrall

 

Cootes Paradise Just gets Better-Hamilton

At Valley Inn this week

30/09/13

My Favorite area for wildlife
My Favorite area for wildlife

Osprey action has been minimal with most of the birds having left two weeks ago-Yesterday saw one, will attach image-taken with morning light.

Osprey
Osprey

I also heard from other photographers The odd Osprey is still in the area and one was pursued by an adult Bald Eagle Tuesday, which was unable to retrieve the fish the Osprey dropped.

I have never seen a Bald Eagle.

Some mud flats have appeared and we get a few late shorebirds most days. Wood ducks are staging up in the area, a few fly over most days within photo range.

Great Egrets have been few so far though 2-3 are often present. With a few opportunities for flight shots.

In Flight Egret
In Flight Egret
egret dancing
egret dancing

The three Green heron  that have been around for several weeks are still here but will move south soon. Great blue and Black-crowned Night Herons are often within camera range though this year the Black Crowned numbers are very low at Valley Inn.Yesterday one flew into camera range-it is attached. But they are not as easy to capture.

Whitetail deer
Whitetail deer
Just before Fog Moved-in
Just before Fog Moved-in
In Flight
In Flight

Warblers have been seen in moderate numbers all week, Woodlands cemetery is best in early morning

Blue Heron
Blue Heron

King fishers have been active lately, yesterday saw four in one tree.

Cormorant
Cormorant

Cedar Waxwings are beginning to appear in numbers, look for them feeding on Honeysuckle berries

A good shoot this week has been a tame Ruddy duck, present for several days and very approachable-albeit I missed HIM

Night Heron
Night Heron

Wild Asters are abundant and bees gathering winter pollen have been very numerous this week

Sources-Area Update-Wikipedia

 

Doug Worrall

Photographer