Visit to Carden Alvar


A few weeks ago, I suggested to 2 friends who love photography and birds, that we take a little road trip to Caden Alvar. It is a well-known birding location near Kirkfield, Ontario which I had only recently heard about. According to their website, it is among the top 5 in Ontario and the top 200 in the world.  In case you would like to find out more about this area, here is the link:

Being very new to birding, an interest I developed because of photography, I have a great deal to learn about both birds and photography!  We were somewhat unprepared for the condition of the very narrow roads (more like trails!) and due to the very wet weather, I was wishing that I hadn’t volunteered to take my sporty car.  That day we would have been better in an SUV or truck!  Oh well, we made it without incident and were successful in our quest to see an Eastern Bluebird.  It was at nesting box #10, where Tim had seen it a week earlier. Thanks, Tim….  Then, on the way home, we finally spied a pair of ospreys in their nest near the highway. I managed a shot of the male as he flew out of the nest. It was well worth the 2 hour drive and I’m sure we will go again.

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Jane Walker is a Newcastle photographer who creates framed photographs, photo trays and matted greeting cards reflecting the beauty of nature and gardens. Her recent interest in birds, owls and other wildlife is now being reflected in her posts. As a member of the Oshawa Camera Club, Jane has started to enter some of her photos for judging and appreciates the critiques by the judges. You'll be surprised at what shows up under the guise of "janewalkerscards".
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13 Responses to Visit to Carden Alvar

  1. Wayne Young says:

    Great pics Jane. I used to spend many hours fishing in the canal just outside Kirkfield just where it connects to Balsam Lake. Wayne.

  2. Hi, Jane! Thanks for the latest post. Guess what? I figured out the name of the “laughing/snickering” bird! It’s a red-breasted nuthatch! Please click on the sound file on this page, to hear him/her: Happy Canada Day,Cindy.

    Date: Tue, 25 Jun 2013 22:25:35 +0000 To:

  3. Stephanie says:

    Beautiful pictures, Jane! I love the Eastern Bluebird, it’s so, so pretty. Glad you made it OK in your car 🙂

    • Yes, it was worth the drive for my first bluebird sighting. I’m sure there must be some closer to home, perhaps near one of the apple orchards. I’ll have to check out Archibald’s in Tyrone.

  4. Love the Columbine and Prairie Smoke photos! I will have to check out this place sometime 🙂

  5. Inspired and pretty says:

    What a fantastic place for bird photography Jane ! Your photos are superb, as always. When I think of bird photography and when I want to see beautiful photos of them, I come here or go to your Flickr 🙂 This is something I’d like to try, photographing birds, but I don’t have the proper lens at the moment, my longer lens is a 70-210mm. I’d love to buy one but I’m saving my money for a trip to Paris next year 🙂

  6. Jane Walker says:

    A trip to Paris…..the birds will have to wait! I use a 100-400 mm and it’s the speed and the fact that it is stabilized that really helps me out. I’m not very good about using a tripod, especially for birds.
    You’ll have to visit Carden Alvar when you come to Ontario on another trip…not as exciting as Paris but lots to see and do.

  7. Inspired and pretty says:

    I take good note about Carden Alvar Jane, When I go to Ontario I visit my brother in Ottawa and never go anywhere else. I’m sure I’d love to visit this place, and my boyfriend also, we love birds and have been observing them for the past 20 years.

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