Sunday, 19 May 2013

Turtle love

On Friday morning I decided to check out the Frink Centre not far from where we are living.  It is a nice outdoor ed facility but also a Conservation Area which includes a very nice marsh with a boardwalk through it.  I was really impressed with the marsh and managed to pick up a few new Hastings County marsh birds (Sora, Virginia Rail, Least and Solitary Sandpiper) - check out my full eBird checklist.  Turtles, however, stole the show for me.

The night had been cool and the sun was out so lots of painted turtles were basking:

And it didn't take me too long to find a few Blanding's Turtles:

But the really interesting thing happened next.  While slowly walking along the boardwalk I saw some splashing in the water.  I for some reason started thinking "Otter" but when I looked through my binoculars I could see it was something stranger:

That's right, Snapping Turtles mating! I got a couple videos of it too:
That went on for about 30 minutes and at one point one of them even hissed...afterwards they spent some time thinking bout what they had just done:

Snapping Turtles will be out laying eggs in a couple weeks or so. If you see any turtles or herps at all be sure to report them to the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas.


  1. Mike, Today is the international Turtle and Tortoise day,, and I thank you for posting pictures that brings tears to my heart,, almost a year ago Solitary George, left us.. but,, it is people like you,, that will make others listen... I am but a bird lover,,, and I do not know their names,,, but somehow .. they know where I live,,,
    Andree birds carbonari dubreuil
    I just looked at a video of Shirley and Jenny the elephants,,, and it about time that we know each other,,, All the best
    and Greetings,
    from Trois Rivières, Quebec,, Canada

  2. A diamond is but a piece of coal which has withstood stress very well... I do not know who wrote this,,,, but my quote, is the following,,
    I would rather wait and observe, to see the sparkling eyes of a neonate robin, in his nest,wake,grow,and feed,,, than have a carbon dated piece of glass....