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    Enjoy the ratatouille! "Carrot" and "pudding" are words I've never heard together before, what is that like? Anything like carrot cake?

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      Zastria carrot pudding is like rice pudding, but made with grated carrots. I will tag you when I add the recipe to my Rainbow's Recipes thread.

      I'm having some of the ratatouille tonight with some lentil loaf. Both are spiced up à la dragon. I expect it will be delicious.

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        May 14 Daily Dose of Nature

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        The Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) is the most widespread North American plover. It is also the one with which most people are the most familiar, because it is quite tolerant of humans and of habitats we have altered. Killdeer are technically shorebirds, and they are found in wetland habitats. But they are also found in dry locations such as fields, grasslands, and even parking lots!

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        I have seen Killdeer in Rondeau on the beach, but also at the edges of parking lots, and on areas of mowed grass. I've seen them on the mud flats at a local conservation area, on agricultural fields, on the grass beside the storm water pond in my neighbourhood, on gravel paths and in amongst the sprinklers at the sewage lagoons. This spring I have been hearing them almost daily from my own yard but cannot usually see them from my yard (apart from the occasional flyover). I've searched the grasslands down the hill from our property but never found a killdeer on them on either side, and the woodlot directly behind us is one of the few locations where I would not expect to see a killdeer. Eventually, I walked down the hill to investigate, and discovered they have been hanging out in a gravel parking lot beside the train tracks.

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        Killdeer are quite vocal birds, hence their scientific species name "vociferus". Their common name, "Killdeer" comes from the notion that their call is thought to sound like they are shouting the words, "Kill deer! Kill deer!"

        Killdeer are fun to watch, as they will run across the ground for several metres, then stop and bob up and down a few times before resuming their journey. They are well known for their distraction displays, such as their broken-wing act, designed to draw predators away from their ground nests.

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        I'm not certain what this bird was doing. Trying to impress me with its dancing skills, perhaps?

        Killdeer are not sexually dimorphic (there are some small differences between the sexes, but not ones which can reliably be identified in the field) and their plumage does not change seasonally. Apart from very young chicks, Killdeer pretty much all look the same. (I don't have any photographs of juvenile Killdeer. But if you want to see some baby Killdeer cuteness, check out this video.)

        I'm not sure what's going on with this bird:

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        Killdeer of all ages and sexes have black bills in all seasons. I'm not sure what would cause a bird that normally has a black bill to present with one so pale. But if I find out, I'll let you know.

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          Not being a fan of rice pudding I think carrot pudding is one I'll leave to you! I'll stick to roasting them or putting them in Thai green curry.

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            May 15 Daily Dose of Nature

            I got a large dose of nature today: spent almost 12 hours in Rondeau, most of it on the Marsh Trail. I took almost 700 photographs--most of them not good. But there's some cool stuff in there. It's going to take me a bit to sort through them all. In the meantime, I will share for today some shots of the scenery I was enjoying today.

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              Nature! Pure and beautiful!

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                I wish I had that much quiet "middle of nowhere" space with so much water here.

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                  Looks beautiful! I'm so glad you can visit Rondeau again

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                    You made better use of opening day than I did, though i still got out.

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                      Rainbow Dragon I'm happy that you can go to Rondeau again! And it's great that you enjoyed the park to the full 🎉

                      Thanks for all the photos of Rondeau and of the Killdeers 💝

                      Originally posted by Rainbow Dragon View Post

                      I'm not certain what this bird was doing. Trying to impress me with its dancing skills, perhaps?
                      Looks like that Killdeer worked pretty hard to impress you!


                      Originally posted by Rainbow Dragon View Post

                      I don't have any photographs of juvenile Killdeer. But if you want to see some baby Killdeer cuteness, check out this video.
                      Lovely!! So fluffy 💘 Thanks for sharing the site with us!


                      Have a nice day!

                      ~ Claude

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                        May 16 Daily Dose of Nature

                        Only six hours in Rondeau today. (Can't play all the time.) Over 400 more photographs to sort through. In the meantime, your Daily Dose of Nature for today is some forest therapy:



                        And for those who prefer sea and sand:



                        Just the waves (and the wind):



                        Bonus video for those who like Ophidians: Love was in the air at the Southpoint of Rondeau Provincial Park this afternoon:



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                          Nice, thank you for posting!! Were your dogs with you or can you take them to Rondeau?

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                            All that birdsong is wonderful to hear!

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                              Thanks for the the nice impressions!

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                                Originally posted by Amirsh View Post
                                I wish I had that much quiet "middle of nowhere" space with so much water here.
                                I wish everyone did. Nature is so therapeutic. Concrete jungles are making our species sick. The cure is to spend time in nature, but too many people don't have the ability to access this cure regularly enough.

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