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Hamilton Canada Is a Wonderful City

Hamilton Canada Is a Wonderful City

Do Not believe all you Hear–HAMILTON IS BEAUTIFUL

18/11 2015

Move over I am sharing
Move over I am sharing

 

Hamilton: It’s happening here

Downy Male
Downy Male
FEMALE CARDINAL
FEMALE CARDINAL

Hamilton is a city full of culture, history and nature. Located in southern Ontario, less than an hour’s drive from Toronto and Niagara Falls, Hamilton is a perfect destination for a visit or detour. From its vibrant arts scene, to its rich heritage, to its incredible outdoor attractions, it’s happening here.

Downtown Hamilton
Downtown Hamilton

THE ARTS

Hamilton Harbour
Hamilton Harbour

Monthly art crawls along James Street North bring thousands of art-lovers downtown on the second Friday of every month to enjoy the arts district’s studios, galleries, restaurants and stores, all open late for this well-known event.

Green heron
Green heron

 

The beautiful  ART GALLERY HAMILTON and one of the country’s leading university art collections, McMaster Museum of Art are also in Hamilton. There are artistic areas in neighbourhoods across the city, with more and more artists and creative professionals moving to Hamilton.

 Green Heron
Green Heron

Food lovers will enjoy Hamilton’s diverse Restaurants including fine-dining, international food, farmers’ markets, craft breweries, locally roasted coffee and a popular food truck scene.

HERITAGE AND HISTORY

As one of the oldest cities in the province, Hamilton has a Fascinating Historical Heritage

Sunrise
Sunrise

To Preserve The Natural Wetlands, a Fishway was constructed to capture all the carp from getting into the sensitive Cootes Paradise, Here they sort weigh and return the Carp and Invasive fish back into Hamilton Harbour

This saves our Wonderful wetlands for nesting areas, fish habitat and Waterfowl  Deer and Nesting Bald Eagles that are creating other Bald Eagles, soon Cootes Paradise will be a Mecca of Beauty (It already is)

below is an image of the “FISHWAY–another tourist area–There is a tramway that goes around the bay, you can be let off anywhere and they will pick you up on each time they do a round trip, so FREE after every first time FEE–It holds over 20 people  and is fun, and a great HISTORY lesson, a worker uses a Microphone to explain all the sites and past.

RBG fishway
RBG fishway
Rbg Fish-way escapee
Rbg Fish-way escapee

STEWARDSHIP is a great way to PRESERVE what we have, I clean all areas that need it, but do most where the Fishermen leave a MESS yet, as long as we all pitch-in as a Community

Blue Heron
Blue Heron

It is easy to keep the beauty always just right, there are many people that work together and keep Mother Nature Smiling for the next people to enjoy, If you yourself, see garbage, pick it up, while you walk every 50 feet there are garbage cans, so please be part of the answer not Part of the Problem–Thanking you all in advance

Nuthatch
Nuthatch

contact me if you want to help worrall.doug@gmail.com or if you have questions about Hamilton, I an help you, or give you answers over the phone or give you the information to find the correct answers

I am more than Happy to help, also so are all the other Volunteers.

Doug Worrall

Doing my best
Doing my best

The city is full of beautiful architecture, incredible museums and many landmarks. Its 15 National Historic Sites include Dundurn Castle

Dundurn Castle April 2011
Dundurn Castle April 2011

, HMCS Haida, HMCS Haida

The Haidia
The Haidia

 

Power and water Museum
Power and water Museum

, Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology and the newly enhanced Rock Garden at Royal Botanical Gardens.

below is an image of the “FISHWAY–another tourist area–There is a tramway that goes around the bay, you can be let off anywhere and they will pick you up on each time they do a round trip, so FREE after every first time FEE–It holds over 20 people  and is fun, and a great HISTORY lesson, a worker uses a Microphone to explain all the sites and past.

Tramway
Tramway

 

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum the country’s largest flying air museum, is also in Hamilton and features one of only two air-worthy LANCASTER bombers left in the world.

OUTDOOR and Adventure

Hamilton is located between the southern shores of Lake Ontario and the lush landscape of the Niagara Escarpment

Fall COLOURS
Fall COLOURS
Niagara escarpment
Niagara escarpment
City Of Waterfalls
City Of Waterfalls
Websters Park area
Websters Park area

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The city offers easy access to conservation and recreation lands, a natural playground for cyclists, hikers, boaters and other outdoor adventure,s

Enjoy our Environment
Enjoy our Environment

More than 100 beautiful waterfalls are located near the escarpment’s wooded trails, just minutes from the city’s downtown core.

Mushroom Dreams
Mushroom Dreams
Beauty Abounds DW PHOTOGAPHY
Beauty Abounds
DW PHOTOGAPHY

Visitors can also enjoy waterfronts at the West Harbour and the Beachfront. Outdoor family attractions include

RBG and the Wild Waterworks

Swan Meet Sunrise
Swan Meet Sunrise

Thank you for Making Hamilton a Great Place to MOVE and a great place to VISIT

Sincerely

Doug Worrall

PHOTOGRAPHER

Doug Worrall

DW PHOTOGRAPHY

 

 

 

 

Discovering The Hendrie Valley

Discovering The Hendrie Valley

In The Mist of the morning
In The Mist of the morning
Hendrie Valley
Hendrie Valley

12/8/2013

Bee
Bee

Located on Plains Road, this thriving wetlands ecosystem is part of the Royal Botanical Gardens parklands. Free to explore, the beautiful sunny wooded trails circulate through marshes, on boardwalks and across small bridges. You’ll see chipmunks, geese, turtles and tons of birds – bring feed if you want to see them
eat out of your hand. You’ll also see just as many photographers and birders! It takes about 60-90 minutes to leisurely explore. Paid parking is in the lot across from the RBG entrance. Once there, look for the large trailhead sign that says “Cherry Hill Gate”

Cardinal
Cardinal
Female Cardinal
Female Cardinal

An area that a friend has taken me two times now and, each time we discover different trails to explore. is the Hendrie Valley Trails of the Royal Botanical Gardens.The Trails are rich with diversity,plenty of wildlife, and a pleasant quiet ,short hike.

Orchid wild
Orchid wild
Birds will eat from hands
Birds will eat from hands

A smaller scale version of Cootes Paradise, this area which includes the 100 hectare Grindstone Creek Valley stretches to the end of Carroll’s Bay and contains the finest collection of floodplain wetlands on western Lake Ontario. Transferred to the Royal Botanical Gardens in 1941 for ecological protection, the area features slopes forested with old growth trees, a 60 hectare river mouth marsh complex, and 4 creeks. Major access points are along Plains Road and include the RBG Centre and Cherry Hill Gate.

Should I or should I not
Should I or should I not
Birds dash to your hand
Birds dash to your hand

This is a great spot to see birds and assorted waterfowl. You will see in this area that a large project is underway to create new banks along the water’s edge and also provide a system that works as a natural barrier against invasive carp. This has been facilitated through the re-use of over 100,000 discarded Christmas trees.And other equally intelligent moves to keep the marsh as pristine as possible.

Wildflowers
Wildflowers
Wild Orchid
Wild Orchid
red-winged-blackbird
red-winged-blackbird

Following the trail through the Grindstone Creek Delta, you soon arrive at a spectacular boardwalk that borders Grindstone Creek providing an excellent vantage point to watch nesting birds and observe beavers and other wildlife. This is a great place to bird watch and if you bring some seed along you can have some fun feeding the friendly birds by hand.

Wildflowers
Wildflowers
On recent walks I have seen incredible amounts of red-wing blackbirds, blue jays and cardinals
Enjoy all Hamilton Has to offer.Was nice to see this fawn, he is actually in another shot, see if you can spot the fawn and Doe
Fawn Frolicking
Fawn Frolicking
Photographer
Doug Worrall
Sources:Wikipedia, Burlington Tourist,Cam Goede

Falconry And The Harris Hawk

 The wolf of the sky Raptors 

Sunday 14 August 2011

The Beautiful Harris Hawk used in falconry

 

“As site coordinator at pics4twitts I am pleased to enjoy Falconry. I will be using images that have not been altered in any way, The Images start as a Raw file which is then changed to a jpeg.Why Raw?, when you use the jpeg your camera produces, the computer inside the camera makes all the fine tune adjustments for you.I do not want that.When using Raw I have the creative edge and make any adjustments that suit my tastes, not the camera. These images from yesterday were shot using a Manual setting, Not Automatic so each image has it’s own histogram.Enjoy and I hope to see you back soon.

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Doug Worrall

The Harris Hawk  genus Parabuteo

The Falconer

Size: Length 48-56cm(19-22ins) Wingspan 135-165cm(53-65ins)
Status: Widespread.
Habitat: Dry,bush country.Lowland desert areas. (America).
Reproduction: 2-4eggs.March-June.28 day incubation.
Diet: Rabbits,rats and a variety of birds.

“Harris Hawks are one of the few broad-winged hawks that will readily hunt in a team (sometimes called a cast), when they are socialised with each other. When hunting as a team, they will take turns in flushing the quarry while the others wait & attack when flushed.”

Beautiful Raptor

The Harris Hawk is native to the central part of the Americas, southern North America down throughout much of South America. There is some evidence that they are spreading their range further into North America. Like many other raptors, the population of Harris Hawks is currently on the evidence that they are spreading their range further into North America. Like many other raptors, the population of Harris Hawks is currently on the decline. There are two subspecies of Harris Hawk, Parabuteo unicinctus harrisi is found mainly in the North American down through to northern South America & generally referred to as Harris Hawk & Parabuteo unicinctus unicinctus found mainly in South America & is generally referred to as Bay-Winged Hawk.

Ready for action

 

The Latin name Parabuteo unicinctus means similar to a buzzard (Parabuteo) with single stripe (unicinctus) (referring to tail). The ornithologist, Audobon, gave the bird the name Harris Hawk, after his friend Colonel Harris.

In the wild, Harris Hawks prey on small rodents, such as rats & mice, lizards, small birds (often taken in flight) & small mammals, such as young rabbits. If prey is scarce, they have been known to feed on carrion.

In the wild Harris Hawks will live up to 12 years, in captivity they can live for twice that long.

Very often, a female Harris Hawk will mate with two males & the nest may be made in cooperation of several other birds. Nests are made in the tops of trees or on the top of a tall yucca or cactus. Up to 5 eggs are laid & incubation is done by the female (33-36 days). Feeding of the young is done by the female & both of the males she mated with. The young are fully fledged in 7-8 weeks from hatching, though the young may stay with the parents for up to 1 year. Sometimes two clutches of eggs are laid in a season, between early March to late June.

The Harris Hawk

 

At least one study has shown that the polyandry (mating with more than one male) exhibited by the female Harris Hawks is not due to an imbalance in the ration of males to females, the ratio is roughly 50:50. Whilst it is not certain why the polyandry exists, one theory suggests that the amount of available food available may be an issue. Some studies have shown that in areas of large amounts of food, the males (who usually provide most of the food during the early part of the breeding season) are more likely to mate with more than one female (polygamy) as they are able to provide food for both. In areas of low amounts of food, polyandry is more likely, as the chances of survival for the young is improved with two or more males providing the food. As Harris Hawks naturally hunt cooperatively & are usually more successful hunting in this manner, this has been suggested as a major reason for the female Harris Hawks taking two mates.

The Harris Hawk in all her glory

Harris Hawks are one of the few broad-winged hawks that will readily hunt in a team (sometimes called a cast), when they are socialised with each other. When hunting as a team, they will take turns in flushing the quarry while the others wait & attack when flushed. This enables the hunting to carry on for longer than usual, often with the prey tiring before the birds.If the prey hides in bushes, then some of the group will attempt to go in after the prey, while the rest wait on the other side for the prey to rush out. In the wild, this cooperative hunting is most often done during the winter months when prey is scarce, the prey will be equally shared at the end of the hunt, often with the juveniles being given the first share, while the adults wait.

The Harris Hawk handled with care and love

Since being introduced into falconry in this country around 35 years ago, Harris Hawks have become one of the most popular falconry birds here. Due to its size, intelligence & temperament an ideal beginner’s bird (some think it is not suitable as a beginners bird, because it is too easy to train, & so the beginner actually learns very little). Although generally amiable, can be temperamental, females being particularly prone to aggression in adulthood and young birds can have very anti-social manners. Early imprinting on humans, & occasionally when kept singly, partial imprinting on the owner, associating people with food, can produce birds that scream for food when the owner is in sight. Juveniles tend to grow out of this after the first moult, but it is not guaranteed.

The Falconer and his Raptor

In the wild, Harris Hawks have been seen to indulge in “stacking” – sitting on each others backs, often up to three high, either on the ground or on the top of a cactus. It is not certain why they do this, though it has been suggested as either due to lack of roosting space or as a method of still hunting, giving slightly more height & so further distance seen, in desert areas which do not have the benefit of trees or poles to sit on.

Raptor facts

Raptors are normally aggressive solitary hunters except for the
Gregarious Harris Hawk. Hunting in a well formed social group ensures the capture of more prey.
In years of an abundance of food, they rear more than one clutch, with the first youngsters helping to rear the second clutch.
They are nicknamed the wolf of the sky because of their pack hunting instincts.

 

Harris Hawks have an arch enemy in the wild. It is the fearsome Great Horned Owl. The owl loves to ambush them at night but if the hawks spot them in the day there’s big trouble. Gang warfare breaks out as the group will attack the owl. They will even attack a stuffed owl! Thought they were supposed to be clever?

The Harris Hawk is also known as the Bay Winged Hawk. This is due to the bay or brownish colour on their wings. Can you see them on the birds here?

The Harris Hawk is the most popular bird used in falconry. Because they are sociable you can fly more than one at the same time in most environments. But they are NOT good pets. Training is most important before you own any bird of prey.

One foot away with the lens
Sitting on her perch

 

Harris Hawks spend much of their time landing and sitting on cactus plants looking for food. They must have tough skin because much of their time is spent pulling out hundreds of cactus needles that get stuck in their feet. Ouch!

Harris Hawk in flight

The Harris Hawk is named after Mr. Edward Harris. Mr. Harris was a companion of one of Americas most famous artists and naturalists- John James Audubon. The paintings of Mr. Audubon are famous all over the world.

Harris Hawk in flight

Many Harris Hawks are now kept in captivity in Britain and unfortunately many are lost never to be seen again . However many do survive and there have even been reports that some have bred. This would not be good for our own environment as we have our own birds of prey that need to eat! Could we one day see the “wolf of the sky” patrolling our own countryside?

Breakfast Treat

Information:Wikipedia

By Doug Worrall

Doug Worrall Photographer