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Mizzy Lake Trail – Muskrat

By: Pat Coate

While in the Muskoka region of Ontario, several of us spent a day up in Algonquin Provincial Park doing some hiking or, more accurately, partaking in my annual search for moose. Struck out on the moose (tracks and droppings don’t really count), but we enjoyed a sunrise hike along the Mizzy Lake trail and then a couple of other trails off of Highway 60.

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Sunrise hike, trees were laden with dew-covered spider webs

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Muskoka – Ruffed Grouse

Most encounters with this bird are over in a split second leaving you startled and with an increased heart rate. But I saw this bird before it saw me – it was walking around and I was able to use a tree as a blind to get fairly close for the photo. Not sure what’s up with its tail – molting, lost it in a scuffle, wrong ID?

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Canoeing on the aptly named Shadow River

The reflections along Shadow River are truly amazing. We saw lots of birds along the way and a mink swam across the river in front of us but, unfortunately, I didn’t get my camera out quite quick enough.

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Shadow River

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3 responses

  1. Sure looks like a ruffed grouse

    18 August 2011 at 8:36 pm

  2. Tom

    Very nice spider webs shot!

    19 August 2011 at 9:43 am

  3. Yes, the dew covered spider webs are awesome. Good pic.

    7 September 2011 at 4:20 pm

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