A beautiful day for a walk in the park. 

Wednesday July 24, 2013.

Swan Lake Village area,
Markham, Ontario

Pictures from Swan Lake Park taken between July 20th to 24th. Some good pictures of the Great Blue Heron and a Black Crowned Night Heron.

Swan Lake Park - Saturday, July 20th

Mallard Duck
Momma only wants the best for her ducklings and so she drove away the other ducks and despite Romeo and Juliet presence, climbed into the trough with her family and proceeded to eat the swan's food.
Romeo and Juliet allowed them to do this for some reason and waited patiently for them to finish.

The Landing - Storm damage
Friday's storm blew this tree down.

Closer look at the very thin disk of roots and soil shows why the wind was able to push the tree over. Almost all of the roots on this side were very short and small as they appeared to stop growing when they reached the water.

Black Crowned Night Heron
This shot was taken from the bridge at Turtle Inlet, NW shore of the lake. The Black Crowned Heron was in a tree across the lake on the south side.

Swan Lake Park - July 21

Eastern Cottontail Rabbit
One of a number of young rabbits born this spring. This young Eastern Cottontail was in the grass beside the path.

Great Blue Heron
We saw this Great Blue Heron on the Island near the Pier. It flew off before we could get a shot of it. This shot is from the pier as it flew over to the north side of the lake towards the Swan Feeding Station.

Great Blue Heron
This picture was taken from the Pier after it landed at the Swan Feeding Station. There are lots of tasty catfish in and around the feeder for it to eat.

This very very young robin was walking along the path where it starts to climb the hill on the north side of the lake. This one is really too young to be out on it's own and there was no sign of the parents. It appeared to be too young to actually fly but knew to take cover in the grass and bushes beside the path.

This Robin was on the path on the other side of the Hill.

Swan Lake Park - July 24th

Great Blue Heron
This picture was taken from the bridge at Turtle Inlet, NW corner of the Lake. The Great Blue Heron was standing on the rock in the middle of the lake.

Another shot of the Great Blue Heron after it turned to face the other direction.

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