Cormorant Colony at Rapides-Deschênes: August 2022

The Ottawa river has been a vital transportation and trade route for millennia, first for indigenous peoples and later for the Europeans. 19 year old Étienne Brulé first paddled it in 1608. I couldn’t help but think of the voyageurs who transported furs this way in the 18th and 19th centuries as I explored rocky shores by the Deschêne Rapids

There is a small island here which hosts a cormorant colony.

Double-crested Cormorants and Gulls
Great Blue Heron in the centre
Double-crested Cormorants
Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorants
Double-crested Cormorants
Double-crested Cormorants
Double-crested Cormorants
Double-crested Cormorants
Double-crested Cormorants
Double-crested Cormorants

Other birds:

Gulls
Mallard (female) with ducklings
Osprey
Osprey diving
Osprey with fish
Osprey with fish
Great Egret
Great Egret
Spotted Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Mallard (female)
Ring-billed Gull
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Cedar Waxwing
Warbling Vireo
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow

Also of interest:

Black Swallowtail
Black Swallowtail
Northern Leopard Frog
Freshwater Cord Grass (Spartina pectinata)
Freshwater Cord Grass (Spartina pectinata) “pectinata” means “comb-like” referring to the arrangement of the flowers on the branch

NATURE POETRY

Small birds lie sprawling vaguely in the heat,
And wanly pluck at shadows on their breasts,
And where the heavy grape-vine leans and rests,
White butterflies lift up their furry feet.                    – Djuna Barnes (1892-1982)

Miles Hearn

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