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In search of wildlife at Rouge National Urban Park

Bird in a hole

Swan in front of a sunset

View of the city from the park

Bird in a bird house

Coyote in tall Grass

Frog on a log

Recent OCAD U photography grad Heike Reuse scored a pretty unique summer job. She’s working as a photographer for Parks Canada at Rouge National Urban Park as part of OCAD U’s Career Launcher Program. The program helps graduates start their professional practice after school.

Check out some of Heike’s favourite photos of beautiful Rouge National Urban Park:

This photo of an American toad was taken at Rouge Beach before sunrise. I've been learning a lot about frogs from attending Frog Watch events in the Rouge. We listen to see how many and what kinds of frogs are living in different wetland habitats. It helps us see how well the wetland is doing and what kinds of species are mating when.

 

This photo of a cliff swallow was taken under a bridge at Rouge Beach. The community of swallows build their homes with mouthfuls of mud, under bridges at the beach. It really is amazing to see! 

 

This photo was taken at the wetland at Rouge Beach. This location is a great spot for people who want to get away and relax a little. It's a hotspot for fishing, kayaking, canoeing and birding. The sunset there is just breathtaking.

 

This photo is a great example of what makes Rouge Urban National Park so unique. You can see the Toronto skyline from this northern point in the park, showing just how close this awesome park is to the city. Another unique thing about the park is that it contains and protects local farmland! You can see all three important aspects of the park in this one photo – city, park and agriculture.

 

This photo is probably my favourite out of everything I've done so far. This is a Tree Swallow in his home off the Vista Trail. I sat on the ground at around five in the morning and did a photoshoot of this bird. The colours of the tree swallow are so beautiful. I have become so addicted to shooting wildlife and the more I learn about the animals and plants that I see and photograph, the more I love it.

 

This photo is of a coyote taken just after sunrise in the park. We just happened to be driving back to the office when we spotted it in a field off of the road. It was one of those "stop the car!" photography moments. I find the best wildlife photography happens by chance. If you go out looking for animals to photograph it never pans out. But, this day I just went to shoot a sunset and stumbled across a coyote, deer, frogs and birds. 

 




Bird in a hole
Swan in front of a sunset
View of the city from the park
Bird in a bird house
Coyote in tall Grass
Frog on a log

Recent OCAD U photography grad Heike Reuse scored a pretty unique summer job. She’s working as a photographer for Parks Canada at Rouge National Urban Park as part of OCAD U’s Career Launcher Program. The program helps graduates start their professional practice after school.

Check out some of Heike’s favourite photos of beautiful Rouge National Urban Park:

This photo of an American toad was taken at Rouge Beach before sunrise. I've been learning a lot about frogs from attending Frog Watch events in the Rouge. We listen to see how many and what kinds of frogs are living in different wetland habitats. It helps us see how well the wetland is doing and what kinds of species are mating when.

 

This photo of a cliff swallow was taken under a bridge at Rouge Beach. The community of swallows build their homes with mouthfuls of mud, under bridges at the beach. It really is amazing to see! 

 

This photo was taken at the wetland at Rouge Beach. This location is a great spot for people who want to get away and relax a little. It's a hotspot for fishing, kayaking, canoeing and birding. The sunset there is just breathtaking.

 

This photo is a great example of what makes Rouge Urban National Park so unique. You can see the Toronto skyline from this northern point in the park, showing just how close this awesome park is to the city. Another unique thing about the park is that it contains and protects local farmland! You can see all three important aspects of the park in this one photo – city, park and agriculture.

 

This photo is probably my favourite out of everything I've done so far. This is a Tree Swallow in his home off the Vista Trail. I sat on the ground at around five in the morning and did a photoshoot of this bird. The colours of the tree swallow are so beautiful. I have become so addicted to shooting wildlife and the more I learn about the animals and plants that I see and photograph, the more I love it.

 

This photo is of a coyote taken just after sunrise in the park. We just happened to be driving back to the office when we spotted it in a field off of the road. It was one of those "stop the car!" photography moments. I find the best wildlife photography happens by chance. If you go out looking for animals to photograph it never pans out. But, this day I just went to shoot a sunset and stumbled across a coyote, deer, frogs and birds. 

 
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