Bondi Resort Blog

Come on into our Blog for a look at the wonderful world we've got to share! With over 240 hectares (600 acres) of wilderness woodlands surrounding the resort, just ten minutes from Algonquin Park, we feature over 400 metres (1200’) of waterfront and beach; boat rentals; summer hiking trails winding through fields and woods; 20 km. of groomed cross country ski trails and snowshoeing in winter; access to nearby snowmobile trails for sledders, and a toboggan hill for the young at heart.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

More Birds, and Another Moose

Today a trio of flickers were on the front lawn.  Hiking up the mountain, I heard a hawk call.

Mike Baum, a friend from Dorset, kindly let me borrow some of his pictures from that 'neck of the woods.'

The mergansers haven't found their way into our bay (the loons are here though!), but they are striking backlit against the melting ice.  This is the only time of year we see the male merganser in his 'dress whites', and very very fancy he is indeed.

And yes, the ice IS melting, starting to shift and crumple along the shore.  The long needles of ice rustle together in the wind, sounding like eerie but lovely windchimes.  Friends stopped to chat with me as I returned with Taffy from her hike today, and they tell me the ice is off the channel along the back of Bigwin Island.  Spring IS gaining ground. Take heart.

The young moose was just happy to be out of winter's grip.  The trees are all in bud, giving just a faint green haze to the bush. Leaf-out is still a few weeks away.  I just think this is a gorgeous shot, with the hints of colour and the action of the moose.

And then there is the Dorset Tower. Nothing says "Dorset" like the old fire tower.  Every year our guests trek to make that climb.  On a good clear day, from our mountain lookout, you can just spot the top of the tower, if you know where to look.

Many thanks, Mike, for these photos from the Dorset corner of our beautiful Lake of Bays!

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