Ric McArthur's photos


  • Ninja raccoon

    I think all racoons take ninja training. They can access high places without difficulty, squeeze through small spaces like ghosts and get into locked containers as if they had can openers. This one was raiding the suet then the grapes. When I went our to…

  • Junco

    Dark-eyed Juncos are neat, even flashy little sparrows that flit about forest floors of the western mountains and Canada, then flood the rest of North America for winter. This one was on the fence at the visitor centre at Rondeau Provincial Park. The Dark…

  • Nose dive.

    In you go, the nectars at the bottom. A nice view of the underside of the tiger swallowtail. A Tiger Swallowtail on an iron weed plant in the front yard. Our butterflies are late this year and the swallowtails are just showing up now. Papilio glaucus. Pho…


  • Little Brown Snake

    Yes another snake photo. This time it is a little brown or Dekay’s snake, that was on the road. My wife picked it up and brought it to the visitors centre for identification. Anne had thought it might be a hog nosed snake, which is endangered and rare i…

  • Babies,babies and more babies.

    Oh, stop with your ughs and yucks and eeeewwwws. Snake babies are cute and at least to herpetologists, cuddly. I'm not a herpetologist but I like them. How many heads do you see? If your a country dweller or live in a suburb with farm fields near by you…

  • What's up there?

    Maybe it's looking for a tree frog. Herons and egrets always look awkward in trees, at least I think so. This is an immature bird, if you look closely you will see fuzz on its head and back. It was feeding along the edge of the bay then flew up into the t…


  • Hatchlings

    The skink researcher came to the cottage today and we checked on the skink nest. At least three of the eggs had hatched, possibly more. The egg at the top appears to be just starting to hatch out. The scientific stuff - The five-lined Skink (Plestiodon…

  • Five-lined skink

    I came upon this nest on our cottage lot by accident the other day. Female skink and 8 eggs. I will check now and then to see if I can get a photo of a hatchling. So as not to disturbed the nest too much I am limited to once every two days. Plestiodon f…

  • Belly band

    A quick identifier for a red tailed hawk is the prominent stripping on its belly, referred to as a belly band. When soaring, adults show rufous on the topside of the tail, hence the Red-Tailed hawk name. Seen at Rondeau Provincial Park in southwestern On…


  • Cruising the beach.

    While out with the turtle researchers on a hatchling release we came upon this adult Blandings turtle. According to the Toronto Zoo web site: It is 12.5-18 cm in length; Carapace black to greyish-brown with numerous yellowish spots or streaks Plastron ha…

  • Bed of nails.

    As long as you spread the pain around people will tolerate almost anything.

  • Is it just me or are models getting skinnier everyday?

    On the last day of our birding trip to Spain this spring we spent a day wandering in Barcelona. Down one of the back streets we saw this display. I find that models are unrealistically thin. Can you se the average woman wearing this outfit?


  • Off with his head!

    I made a suet feeder for woodpeckers and nuthatches. I drill holes in at a 45 degree angle and then hang the feeder, either at a 45 degree angle or horizontally. This keeps most of the black birds, such as grackles and redwinged blackbirds from emptying t…

  • White-breasted nuthatch

    Cornell Lab of Ornithology describes this bird as: A common feeder bird with clean black, gray, and white markings, White-breasted Nuthatches are active, agile little birds with an appetite for insects and large, meaty seeds. They get their common name f…

  • Float like a butterfly sting like a bee.

    Is there anyone out there that remembers me. The butterfly weed in the yard is attracting lots of butterflies and bees. They carefully stayed away from each other unlike two boxers.


  • Which way is he going?

    I don't do many caterpillar photos, simply because I don't know them. Often colourful, many are unusual and they are all magical. To go from this to a butterfly is really amazing. According to our field guide, Caterpillars of Eastern North America, this i…

  • Now I lay me down to sleep..

    Or hang on for a nap, which ever works for you. This is a young red-bellied woodpecker who has its head tucked back under its wing. Shades of the headless horseman. We watched it hop around on the ground, do a short flight and then climb an old willow…

  • European Roller

    When I think of "roller" it brings to mind -roller skates, high roller or possibly holy roller, but not a bird. We saw this European roller in Spain. It was too far away for a good photo but its colours are so impressive I posted the photograph anyway.…


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