It has been a while since I added to my story. My adventures have been fewer this year due to a new position with Cochrane Tourism! I did have some amazing adventures, so thought I would share a review of the year and the amazing nature I was able to capture!
It was a good year for owls – Great Grays, Great Horned, Snowy:
Lots of eagles – including three eaglets this year that all survived and grew up so fast:
Hawks were abundant, this one being my favorite:
Ospreys as usual, so many great pictures this year, with these 2 top picks:
Top pick for songbirds include:
We had a new fawn in the backyard again this year:
Favorite captures with antlers/horns:
The Alberta wild horses:
A few other favorite birds from this year:
And my favorite baby shot of the year:
I hope you enjoy the review! Looking forward to capturing more amazing nature in my backyard in 2019!
The Blue Heron stuck around for a few more days. I was chatting with the neighbors who described the blue heron and asked what it was..they had just seen it on the pond on Highway 22. After explaining…I jumped in the car with my camera to go take a look.
At first…no luck … so I crouched down under cover of the tall grass to see if I could get closer to some baby coots…again no luck…but when I stood up…this is what I saw…It was on the other side of the pond, standing on a fence post…my favorite kind of photo! I worked my way around to the other side….hoping to get a shot before it took off. The herons are very skittish and don’t stick around once they spot you. My luck came back that day….giving me the opportunity to capture this amazing moment!!It was only a moment…and off it went…According to the local paper, it stopped at the same pond on the same days last year! I will mark my calendar for 2018 to see if it returns!!
One evening recently, I needed a photography fix…so was heading out to find a destination. As I pulled onto Highway 22…I caught a glimpse of the top of a long narrow head in the pond on the west side….I was pretty sure it was a Blue Heron….so I pulled into the ditch, flipped on the flashers, grabbed my camera and “safely” ran across the highway!
It sure was…and for a brief moment I was out of its line of sight…able to snap a couple of photos…It was a quick moment before he caught sight of me….and took off! I was unprepared for action and missed the exit from the pond…everything in stages…hope to capture those long legs and enormous wings in flight next time!!