Archive for February, 2006

Pileated Woodpecker behaviour

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

This photo was taken on August 21, 2005, while we were hiking at Murphy’s Point Provincial Park. I thought of it after watching a Pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) working on a Poplar tree outside the bedroom window just after dawn this morning. The following relates to the interesting behaviour of the woodpeckers in [...]

narceus millipedes

Friday, February 24th, 2006

Today, I added a couple of new pages about Narceus millipedes to my Magick Canoe website. I used a collection of favourite photos of millipedes taken over the past couple of years. I also included a 15 second movie (640kb) of a millipede walking on top of a log — it’s a bit [...]

just kidding

Friday, February 24th, 2006

This is a photo that turned up today while I was searching for something else. Now, some of you may be be wondering “What’s that small white thing trotting across the circa 1979 living room?”
And others might be wondering if I’m already stooping to posting “pet stories” on this blog for lack of [...]

assassin spiders

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

Here’s one for the now-I’ve-seen-everything file. A photo of the rather bizarre assassin spider featured in a news story on the California Academy of Science’s “Science Now” website.
These tiny arachnids in the Archaeidae family are only about 2 mm (less than 1/8 inch) long, but their bizarre fangs and spider-hunting practices have [...]

watchful spiders

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

. . . that set me thinking about some of my own encounters with spiders — of which there have been many due to my photographic work. I looked up some notes on “watchful spiders” written a couple of years ago, and decided to post them here on Burning Silo, as they might be of interest to others. . .

ice triptych

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

I’ve chosen three photos from the past week of shooting that I hope will provide a slightly different view of winter, snow, ice and cold. To see a larger view of each photo, just click on it.
The above photo, which I call Jagged, is what remains of a frozen stream.

The second photo, [...]

chimney swifts

Sunday, February 19th, 2006

For awhile, I’ve been meaning to edit some DV footage shot in Nova Scotia in July 2005. Last night, I finally got around to doing a bit of work and came across this very short but interesting clip of Chimney Swifts (Chaetura pelagica) descending into the chimney of the Robie Tufts Nature Centre in [...]