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Sunday, May 6, 2012

CP-140 Aurora...and Orange Teeth

How's that for a title?

What a beautiful day it was today, and high time I might add. First things first... When I was searching for info on my previous post about the CF-18 fighter jet and the Buffalo SAR, I learned from this site
that a CP-140 Aurora aircraft will make a flyby of these locations to mark the Battle of the Atlantic parades and ceremonies, on Sunday, May 6. The CP-140, from 407 Long Range Patrol Squadron, will conduct a flyby of these ceremonies at a height of 500 feet at approximately 11:20 a.m. over Parksville and at 1:25 p.m. over the Comox Marina Battle of the Atlantic Memorial.
I also found an interesting article on the CP-140 Aurora here and a youtube video which I also enjoyed. With that in mind, off I went... My vantage point - Aurora aircraft in the distance:

I have made a slideshow of some of the photos I took!  In one of the photos you may spot a Blue Heron making a flyby and I was able to get the aircraft and heron in the same photo.









Once I returned home, I decided to cut the front lawn. It has been so wet for so long, that it was in dire need of a haircut. After a little breather and a visit from Quigley...I cut the back lawn. Everything looks much tidier. Tomorrow, the forecast is for another sunny day! Yahoo!

 I decided to put a chair outside in the front garden and sit there quietly and wait to see if Quigley would return to the feeder. Quigley was a little tentative at first, but did decide to get into his acrobatic routine...and to go about the business of finishing off some more food.
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On one of the upside down photos, an orange glint caught my eye. In an editing program, I flipped him right side up and this is what he looked like.

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Back to google for some info on squirrel teeth...and from this site:
Squirrels have excellent senses of smell, vision and hearing...Their powerful jaws and teeth include four very sharp incisors that grow continually. The teeth of tree squirrels turn an orange color at approximately 4-5 months of age.

Looking up, I could see fresh unfurling leaves of the Red Oak enjoying a sunbath...
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A most interestingly busy and enjoyable day ~ I have been ready for this weather!

7 comments:

  1. What a good, and varied, day you had. Terrific photos, and what good weather!
    The Orion, named Aurora in CAF service, is one of my favourite aircraft and I used to see lots, mostly USN ones, at Northolt between the early 1960's and late 1980's.
    I presume that those teeth are that colour because they keep growing as they do.
    Flighty xx

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    1. I'm glad to know you are familiar with the aircraft, Flighty, and also that its one of your favorites. I really enjoyed seeing it and taking photos, especially when it came towards me across the water on its first go round. It made several passes until it was time for it to flyby the commemoration area.
      As far as Quigley's orange teeth go, I found this information somewhere online:
      The "stain" is a protective coating that occurs naturally to strengthen the teeth. No sign of Quigley today, which is just as well, as I don't want him to 'move in' permanently! ;)

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  2. My goodness! He really does have orange teeth! I'm impressed you got such a fantastic shot of them. As well as the planes overhead -- how do you know what they are?

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    1. Hi Nikki ~ I had no idea about the orange teeth until I saw them and did some research! I was amazed to see them in the shot, so thanks :) The yellow and red SAR plane in an earlier post is a frequent flyer around here so I recognize that one, and got the correct name from the Airbase site. While I was looking that up, I found an article letting me know the military plane was going to make a flyby, and the article had details about the aircraft...that's how I know what they are!

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  3. I think there may be Lions and Tigers lurking in our grass, it is so long! It is just rain, rain and more rain here :-(

    Quigley is quite a character, orange teeth and all and I loved the video of him on the previous post. I most particularly enjoyed seeing that dear little Hummingbird though...I so wish we had them here!

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    1. Gosh I bet you're tired of all that rain! I know I was...fortunately we are in for a lovely few sunny warm days..maybe even going up to 20C. However it does drop to 3 degrees at night, so that's quite a difference between temps in one day.

      So glad you enjoyed Quigley, and his movie debut :) Nice to share the Hummingbird with you and wish you had some too! They are quite active at the moment and fun to watch.

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  4. Oh wow.. I had no idea that squirrels had orange teeth at any time.. that's such a cool fact. I'll have to keep my eyes open for it now that there are so many young around.. thanks for that.

    And your image of the aircraft and the Great Blue is fantastic. Great capture Glo.

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