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Hello All,

This past April, while exploring one of my favourite wooded areas in Ottawa, Ontario, I was lucky enough to hear a single ‘hoot’ from an owl. I began scanning the trees and searching the area, and minutes later and 50 yards from where I originally heard the call, I came upon a barred owl perched high in a tree.

Within minutes, another barred owl was spotted perched a few trees over. The excitement was quite overwhelming, as I was fairly confident this was a nesting pair.

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The next couple of weeks were spent capturing the behaviour of both owls – including preening, vocalizing, pellet regurgitating, and sleeping. Finally, I discovered the location of the nest. It was in the hollowed trunk of a broken tree, approximately 15 feet up from the ground.

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Listening to the two owls vocalize back and forth was quite the experience. Barred owls have a very distinctive call and they would periodically ‘hoot’ to each other throughout the day. Here is some video footage I captured of an exchange.

On June 11th I discovered three chicks had successfully hatched. My guess is they had hatched approximately 3 to 4 weeks earlier. Here they are in the crowded nest.

This past week I discovered that the first chick had left the nest. It will not fledge for another 3 to 4 weeks, but they are excellent climbers and are classed as ‘branchers’ at this stage. This little one was perched on a downed tree, approximately 30 yards from the nest site. I was fortunate enough to spend almost an hour with it, no more than 10 feet away.

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I was very excited to capture the following footage of this chick, regurgitating two pellets, then jumping on to a tree truck and climbing up some 15 feet.

It has been a wonderful experience observing and documenting this barred owl family. I will be back out in the woods this week, as all three chicks should be out of the nest and interacting with one another and their parents.

Yours in the Outdoors,

Justin

Hello All,

With the whitetail deer rut in full swing, the last few weeks have provided a great opportunity to capture images of bucks displaying various behaviours. I have been fortunate to find and photograph nine separate bucks over the last six outings, including one big 10-point that I was able to also photograph last fall.

As of this week they are chasing down does, getting into scraps with other bucks and traversing territories. They certainly throw caution to the wind, and I am able to get very close to them in most situations. Mr. 10 allows me to get within 20 feet of him without a care in the world.

This is a tract of public land that is off-limits to hunting, found close to the city centre of Ottawa, Ontario.

Here are a few images I have captured – as well as two short videos I have filmed while out in the field.

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Yours in the Outdoors,

Justin

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Hello All,

I am pleased to announce that my 2014 Wildlife Calendar – showcasing up-close and intimate portraits of nature, including moose, deer, grouse, loons, owls and more, is now available for purchase. This calendar will make the perfect addition to the home or cottage for those that love wildlife. They also make excellent gifts for those on your Christmas list.

Each calendar is professionally printed using high-quality stock paper and measures 17″ by 11″ when open.

Cost per calendar is $22.50, which includes shipping within North America. In addition, $1 from each calendar sold will be donated to The Friends of Algonquin Park.

Discounts will be given for multiple orders:

2 calendars – $42.50 (includes shipping)
3 calendars – $62.50 (includes shipping)
International Orders – Please enquire.

I accept Cheque, PayPal, or Interac e-Transfer.

For more information or to place an order, please contact me at: Justin.Hoffman@rogers.com

Calendars will ship the first week of November. All orders placed before October 31st will be put into a draw for the following prizes:

1. Two free prints of your choice.
2. A set of four greeting cards.

Thanks for your interest!

The following images represent the applicable months and are shown in low-res. Calendar will be of high-res. quality.

January

January – Whitetail Deer

February - Northern Hawk Owl

February – Northern Hawk Owl

March - Mallard Duck

March – Mallard Duck

April - Moose

April – Moose

May - Red Fox Kits

May – Red Fox Kits

June - Whitetail Deer

June – Whitetail Deer

July / Cover - Common Loon and Chick

July / Cover – Common Loon and Chick

August - Red Fox

August – Red Fox

September - Bullfrog

September – Bullfrog

October - Common Loon

October – Common Loon

November - Spruce Grouse

November – Spruce Grouse

December - Great Gray Owl

December – Great Gray Owl

 

Thank you for your interest.

Yours in the Outdoors,

Justin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello All,

I am pleased to announce that my new photographic portfolio website has now launched. This new site will feature all of my images, in specific categories dependant on specie, activity, etc. Simply click on the drop down menu and browse the images you are interested in.

For those that love wildlife, fishing, and hunting scene photography, feel free to check out all of the images on my latest offering.

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Click here to be directed to the site: http://www.JustinHoffmanOutdoors.zenfolio.com

Yours In The Outdoors,

Justin

Hello All,

This week has been a hot one – both in terms of temperature and the activity level of largemouth bass.

In sharp contrast to the previous two weeks, when weather fronts were playing havoc with the bite, fish are once again feeding heavily – and hitting most baits with reckless abandonment.

I fished a stretch of the Rideau River Monday and Tuesday. Wind-blown slop was the ticket, with fish holding on the outside edge and smashing flipping jigs as if their life depended on it. It made for two of my best days on the water this season and my ‘bass thumb’ certainly attests to that.

Here is a short video I shot showcasing some of the action. Always nice to get back-to-back fish, especially on film!

Good Fishing,

Justin

Hello All,

I was happy to discover on July 3rd that the common loon chick had successfully hatched. The new family was very receptive to me spending time with them, often swimming and feeding less than twenty feet from the boat.

It has been a goal of mine to capture on film a chick hitching a ride atop its mother’s back. I had many opportunities on this day and I am very pleased with the way the images turned out.

It will be fun to follow this family over the next few months, to watch the chick age, change colour, and become an adult itself. I hope to share those adventures with you all.

In all of these images the chick is 5/6 days old.

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I was also able to shoot this short video while out on the water, showcasing the interactions between mother and chick.

Some of these images are available for purchase as photographic prints. Please click on tab at the top of the page for more information.

Yours in the Outdoors,

Justin

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Hello All,

Although generic only by moniker, the Common Loon is one of the most visually stunning and hauntingly sounding water bird to inhabit North American lakes and rivers. Easily recognizable with their ‘tuxedo’ plumage, these large birds are a definite delight to watch and photograph.

I was fortunate this past week to locate my first nest, with a female sitting atop a single egg. It was hidden amongst the reeds and cattails, less than a foot from the waters edge. It was a rare and wonderful find and I will be checking back this week to see if her little one has hatched.

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Yours In The Outdoors,

Justin

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