Nesting Osprey at Iroquois Locks

Male Osprey takes flight

A couple of times this June I had the opportunity to photograph nesting Osprey at Iroquois Locks. These photographs are from late June when the nestlings are just visible in the nest.

Female nesting Osprey at Iroquois Locks

The female Osprey guarding her chicks.

When we first arrived neither Osprey parent was on the nest. Both parents were near by and soon the female came back to watch over her chicks.

Female osprey feeding her young

Feeding time!

At this stage in the nestling’s development their mother still feeds them. She rips chunks of fish from the catch and passes to the chicks. Sometimes she makes them pull it from her.

The male Osprey brings food to the nest for both the nestlings and his mate. Frequently the catch is headless because he has taken his share first. For many years the nesting osprey at Iroquois Locks have had success raising their young.

Male Osprey bringing fish to the nest.
Captured at Iroquois Locks on 2020-06-26 by Ian Leslie.
Nesting Osprey at Iroquois Locks

Nesting Osprey are always on the look out for danger. Here the male has spotted another male near by and he rushed back to the nest with a stick. The two parents sound a warning until the intruder moves on.

Walk in Montreal’s Botanical Garden

walk in montreal's botanical garden

Two summers ago my wife and I visited our son who is going to school in Montreal. One of the things we did was spend the day on walk in Montreal’s botanical garden.

Walk in Montreal's Botanical Garden
Walk in the shade.

We enjoyed spending the day at the Botanical Garden. The walking is easy and the surroundings are pleasant. You can spend as much time as you like in each area. There is probably more to see than you can easily cover in a day. That just means you get to come back!

Self Guided Tour Fort Henry: Opening Day 2020

We celebrated Canada Day with a visit to opening day at Fort Henry. With the changes needed for COVID19 the close order drills and tour guide lead tours are not available this season. You can still do a self guided tour of Fort Henry and interact with multiple soldiers and their wives from 1867.

When you arrive you get a nice little folding map that shows you a route you can take around the fort. As you follow the map you will encounter a variety of soldiers and their wives who explain the history of the fort and show and tell you about the lives of the soldiers and their families back in 1867. Each character is physically separated from the guests but you can still easily interact with them. Inside the confines of the fort rooms everyone is expected to wear a mask.

Self Guided Tour of Fort Henry

The self guided tour of Fort Henry map

Once you are done with the self guided tour you can explore the ramparts and enjoy the views of Kingston and the lake.

The fort is much quieter than usual but they still fire a cannon at noon and the Drum Major was paying a fife. Even with the reduced program we still learned new things and enjoyed ourselves.

Enjoy these picture of our self guided tour of Fort Henry.

Visit Fort Henry: Summer of 2019
A night out to Lumina Borealis at Fort Henry

Big Sky Ontario

Big Sky

With everyone spending more time inside, I have been using my daily walks to look up at the sky. So, enjoy a little open sky while you are isolating at home and keeping everyone safe.

Trip to Mud Lake

In February we had a nice hike and photo outing with my Daughter and her Boyfriend to Mud Lake. The squirrels are having a good winter. We found some birds too.

Northern Hawk Owl Ottawa


One morning in February Geoff Carter and I stood watching a Northern Hawk Owl in Ottawa and waiting for it to come closer to us. After two plus hours we were able to watch it playing with or being harassed by ravens, try to hunt twice and generally hang out on the very tops of a trees.

Looking for prey.

Looking for prey
Captured at Old Almonte Rd and Dwyer Hill Rd on 2020-02-01 by Ian Leslie.


Captured at Old Almonte Rd and Dwyer Hill Rd on 2020-02-01 by Ian Leslie.

Hanging out.

Hanging out
Captured at Old Almonte Rd and Dwyer Hill Rd on 2020-02-01 by Ian Leslie.

More images of the Northern Hawk Owl in Ottawa

Visit Fort Henry: Summer of 2019

Entrance to the lower fort at Fort Henry

In the summer of 2019 we visited Fort Henry several times. Here is a collection of my favourite images. When you visit Fort Henry have a tour but also make sure you enjoy the other programs they offer. Such as the history of music in the British Army.

Music in the British Milirary
Fife demonstration at Fort Henry

The fort is an interesting place with lots to look at so make sure you take the time to explore.

Doors of Fort Henry
The Barrack Store is off limits to the public but other rooms are there to explore.

Behind one of those doors at the fort you will find David the Goat’s pen. David is the garrison’s mascot and he has a friend Henrietta. If the goats are not in their pen then you might find them on the grass near the entrance to the lower fort. There is often other things to see near the entrance.

Period dress
Three of domestic staff at Fort Henry and David the goat in the background.

Spend the day and watch some of the programming during the day such as the drill practice and the musical performances.

Bayonet drills
One of the many performances at the Fort includes bayonet drills.
Music at Fort Henry
An afternoon performance at Fort Henry

Each time we visit Fort Henry we always have a tour (usually from our daughter) but we also spend time reviewing the program for the day to find other interesting things that are happening.

Past visits to Special Events at the Fort include Lumina Borealis.

Brain Cancer Research – 2018 Cocktails for Cancer Fundraiser

The annual gala fund-raiser Cocktails for Cancer was held last Saturday night to raise funds for brain cancer research in Ottawa. These wonderful people came together to help raise money for brain cancer research after brain cancer effected one of their friends, Heather Geddie. You can learn more about their fund-raising, become involved and donate at their website: Race for Research.

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I have had the pleasure of photographing this fun event again this year.


Last Night’s Fun

The evening consisted of a silent auction, live auction, raffle, dancing, food and drinks and a short speech from the head of the Ottawa Cancer Foundation.

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The Volunteers

Working Hard

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Having Fun

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Cocktails for Cancer 2016 Volunteers

Cocktails for Cancer 2015 Volunteers

Cocktails for Cancer 2014 Volunteers

Cocktails for Cancer 2013 Volunteers