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Bug Interest

Giant Pileated Woodpecker's bug interest is evident when perched high up utility pole eating insects.

Pileated Woodpecker’s bug interest seems evident as he hangs by clawed feet perched high up Hydro Quebec utility pole pecking insects.

Giant red crowned woodpecker’s bug interest seems evident as he hangs by clawed feet perched high up ready to peck out any insects on utility pole.

Perhaps, it spotted some wood-boring beetle larvae on pole or more likely carpenter ants which are more numerous and create tunneled colonies in trees.

Early last week I heard a familiar loud unique crazy piercing staccato sound emanating somewhere nearby my backyard and while trying to discern which bird was making it I saw a very large bird suddenly fly by and land on the Hydro Quebec utility pole.

Realizing what I just saw I scrambled for my digital camera to make a photograph before it flew off off fortunately I was quick enough however, I was limited to what I could capture.

The Pileated Woodpecker is a large elusive North American bird slightly larger than common crows, called “pileated” taken from Latin word pileatus meaning capped referring to its prominent red crest.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”INTEREST”.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Relic

Rideau Canal a real relic

A real relic of Canada’s history, the Rideau Canal in Ottawa

Ottawa is full of relics of Canada’s historical past and one, the Rideau Canal, took a very important part in this country’s development.

Recently, after attending a conference at the Chateau Laurier Hotel just a stone’s throw from Canada’s Parliament complex, I discovered a part of the Rideau Canal system. I had just left the hotel and crossed the boulevard, when I found a staircase leading down to the Canal, it has been there for a very long time yet I never knew it was there during my previous trips to Ottawa.

After walking down the stairs I found a wonderful sight, a waterway populated by strolling visitors and Ottawa citizens along its banks. Seen also were numerous big pleasure boats moored as well as some seagulls, and the various ducks, puddling along in the water or sleeping on some wooden planks near the water. I was very interested to see the old locks and its machinery, the old technology that was used to operate the system some of which you can see in my photograph. The weather that day was partially overcast with numerous sunny breaks allowing me to take many great photos.